Saturday, August 13, 2011
Friday, August 12, 2011
Zuni Motor Lodge Route 66 Albuquerque New Mexico linen postcard
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Heading west on Route 66 we hit Albuquerque's Zuni Motor Lodge with its adobe-inspired architecture and a restaurant offering fried chicken, filet mignon, and Baked Virginia ham, with no mention of South-west cuisine. Some things have changed for the better.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Town Crier Provincetown Massachusetts 1909 postcard
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Keep up to date with all the local news worth hearing. Switch off the internet, cell phone, and so forth, hear it from the town crier instead.
On second thoughts, who needs all that hand bell ringing this early in the morning? Besides, Mrs Grundy next door has got all the local gossip worth knowing.
Monday, August 8, 2011
Lake Arrowhead California Topographic linen postcard, circa 1950s
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For a twist on the road map postcards, perhaps topography is important on your map postcards. Maybe you need to know what kind of hill climbing your automobile may need to endure - the radiator might boil over. And worse still you might have to get out and walk or climb a hill.
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Martha's Vineyard Road Map linen postcard
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Did one of the well-to-do invite you over to "the island"? Here's a road map postcard to show you the way to their compound. Actually, it may be best just to leave the automobile at home. It's difficult to get around the island in the summer months, or so I am told. Besides, perhaps your host is sending the helicopter for you...
Friday, August 5, 2011
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Union Pacific Tailroad Streamliner train at Las Vegas Nevada depot linen postcard, circa 1950s
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All this traveling by automobile may have made you road weary. Perhaps it's time to ditch your traveling companions; they were getting on your nerves anyway. Step over to the Las Vegas train depot and wait a while in the Art Deco style waiting room until the Union Pacific pulls into the platform ready to take you homeward bound.
Semper Paratus! Always Prepared.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Main Street Show Low Arizona 1950s chrome postcard
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This card might not win any photography competition awards but it nicely illustrates several topical areas of interest to different collectors. First there is the interest to Roadside America collectors then notice the Shell gas sign and gas pumps on the left in foreground. On the front right is a drugstore sign for the Show Low Drug Co, of interest to collectors of drugstore items. Further down the street on the right (click image for larger view) can be seen the sign for a bank. On the left, a motor lodge and of course there are cars for those you collect auto postcards. To round things out, Western or local town collectors may be interested in a card like this.
Monday, August 1, 2011
Sunday, July 31, 2011
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Friday, July 29, 2011
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Colonial Cottages, Gulfport Mississippi linen postcad. Click on image for larger view
Why not sit awhile at the entrance to the Colonial Cottages motel in Gulfport Mississippi, watching the travelers arrive and depart? Heat and humidity getting to you? Why, then, you can amble inside and recline near one of the electric fans so prominently advertised on the sign overhanging the motel entrance.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Maple Motel Nashville Tennessee linen postcard, circa 1950s (click on image for larger view)
Roadside America linen postcards are a popular collecting category. The vivid colors and sharp details of the linen cards certainly catch the eye. Seeing this view of the Maple Motel outside Nashville might have tempted one to stay there overnight. Of course, most guests would see the card once they'd checked into their room, rested awhile, and thought about sending a postcard to family or friends to advise of their journey's progress. Today, postcards are not much considered as a means of communication with a text message, cell call, or email being the preferred line of communication for the roadside traveler.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Another story behind - or in this case "on" the card:
I received a message thanking me for "the postcard of my grandmother". So, curiosity getting the better of me, I replied asking which one she was.
In response: "My grandmother is the one sitting down. She is on other postcards, too. I always keep an eye out for her."
Saturday, July 16, 2011
One of the joys of postcarding is the stories that one happens to come across that connect the past to the present. This often happens in quite unexpected ways.
The postcard above is a limited run privately-produced postcard that was sent by the family at 1122 Jennings Avenue in Fort Worth Texas as a Christmas greeting in 1916. I came across the card in an antique mall in southwestern Indiana a couple of months ago. I listed it on eBay and it sold within a few hours of going onsale.
The buyer, a Fort Worth local historian, sent me this follow-up message:
" "I told a friend, a landscaper, about this card and he replied:
"...Oh MY God... OMG... I remember that house and EXACTLY where it was because guess what!!??? My swinging door between the dining room and kitchen was the front door to that house! I picked it up off the curb in 1985 when I was redoing my house the first time around and used it between the two rooms because of the glass in it and it has all this cool applied carving. AND, before the house burned and was torn down several years later, a poor kid that rented there worked for me for about three months. I remember the window hood (the decorative "roof" over the front window) very well. How about THAT?!..."
Small world, huh?"
Small world, indeed.
Friday, July 8, 2011
Horse Drawn Streetcar with Horse as Passenger, Denver, Colorado 1910c postcard (click image for larger view)
According to the caption on similar cards of the Cherrelyn horse drawn streetcar, the horse would pull the streetcar up an incline slope in Denver and would be placed on the platform at the end of the car for the ride back down on the return journey.
If the horse were a reflective sort, it might have wondered why it couldn't just ride up the slope like everyone else since that was the toughest leg of the journey for it.
Monday, June 20, 2011
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Friday, June 10, 2011
Decorated House of David Car, Benton Harbor, Michigan postcard, circa 1920s
Road trip find #2: The House of David, a religious community in Benton Harbor, Michigan had a range of activities that attracted many visitors including miniature train, a brass band, and it's own baseball team. Here community members proudly display their decorated car that took first place in parade.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
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Thursday, June 2, 2011
Swan Ride on Wesley Lake, Ocean Grove - Asbury Park, New Jersey
Tichnor linen postcard, circa 1940s.
With the beginning of summer upon us, anyone for a Swan ride during summer vacation? Pack the bags for Asbury Park - Ocean Grove, New Jersey, circa 1940s. This may be a bit too sedate for today's thrill seekers. Perhaps bungee jumping instead.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
"Optical Allusions", circa 1910s, real photo postcard
undisclosed location, Azo stamp box. Click image for larger view.
While no illusions are involved, the man and woman in the middle of this real photo postcard appear to be checking each other out by use of early twentieth century "looking glasses". He feigns viewing her through his telescope while she appears to have reversed the binoculars, looking through the large lens end of the instrument thus giving him that "far away look", no doubt. The woman at right stands at attention, shaded by her broad rim hat, observing these country shenanigans.
Monday, May 23, 2011
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Budgies up close & personal
Barneys New York, rack card, 2000
As a kid I had a series of budgies as pets. Easy to train, gregarious, talkative, amusing, easy to care for - a great companion for kids. Sadly they tended to have relatively short lives, but that was one of life's early lessons too: living life and coping with loss.
Two that stand out in my memory are Sean and William. Sean was a completely yellow budgie - I'd never seen one this color before - and he was not only a good talker, he was a really good table soccer player, could fly well, and worked out regularly on his gym equipment.
Somewhere there's a photo of Sean putting his head inside a young boy's mouth - I imagined the newspaper headline reading "Brave budgie puts head inside boy's mouth - and lives". If there is such a thing as reincarnation, Sean is probably a dentist in Topeka, Kansas.
William was a budgie of a different feather, but a budgie to the core. Blue like the budgie in the card above, I remember him as a great talker and, as with Sean, always delighted to see you.
Memory clouds a bit as to which one of these intrepid small souls was the one who developed the habit, but as a teenager whenever I drove my car up the driveway beside the family home if the back door of the house was open there would be a torrent of "Where's Jim, where's Jim?", some exciting whistling, accompanied by running back & forth along his perch. (note - "Jim" inserted to represent my name). The budgie in question had a good ear - he was never fooled by the engines of the two other vehicles that used that driveway or those of visitors' cars.
And, of course, my little feathered friend had to be the first to be greeted when I entered the house.
Here's to you, my budgie buddies - extra seed & a nibble of cuttlefish too!
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Friday, May 20, 2011
The International Land and Investment Co's enticement, 1911
The invitation to join the excursion to the Gulf Coast Country
Or perhaps a piece of rice land in Jennings, Louisiana is more to your liking...
Land companies used postcards as a marketing tool in the early 1900s to promote land sales, typically in the Gulf Coast states. The International Land and Investment Co,. promotes an excursion for punters to the Gulf Coast in its 1911 postcard (top two views). If International Land's deal is not sweet enough for you, perhaps some nice rice land in Jennings, Louisiana may attract your dollars to start your investment in agricultural real estate. The Jennings card is a little earlier, postmarked 1907 and is not a land company promotion card. Little did they know Federal subsidies would be along in a couple of decades to be capitalized into the land's value.
Monday, May 16, 2011
Reading the Bulletin Boards, China Town, San Francisco, circa 1910s
Published by F W Woolworth, San Francisco
Some say the days of the newspaper are numbered but in this postcard view from the 1910s there are plenty of readers of the Chinese news bulletins on the streets of San Francisco's China Town.
While today's news reader may not be as thorough in reading from cover to cover two or three different newspapers a day, technology has made it possible to sample a wider range of papers.
The jury is still out on the question whether the quality of journalism has improved over the past 100 years.