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Thursday
Mar152012

Postcard: Washington DC at Cherry Blossom Time

Postmarked in 1959, this card is simply entitled "Washington DC at Cherry Blossom Time", showing the incredible display near the Jefferson Memorial.

Friday
Mar092012

Postcard: Shenandoah Valley

 

Apple blossom time in the Shenandoah Valley, Winchester, VA.

Although it's still technically winter, it's feeling mighty spring-y just about everywhere. So, I think it's time I started posting my blossom postcards. This first one is pretty old, probably 1930s-1940s but was never sent so there's no postmark. I do love the hand-tinted blossoms here - instead of pink, they're pink, coral, yellow, green and white...

Wednesday
Feb082012

Postcard: San Francisco's Chinatown, 1943

San Francisco's famous Chinatown, the largest outside of China itself...

Sent by the U.S. Navy in December, 1943, this postcard went all the way to New Hampshire to someone's Aunty Daisy...

"I visited this place last Sunday. It's a nice place but kind of spooky. It's in San Francisco. I suppose the Chop Suey looks familiar to you don't it? There's a lot of hills in this place and plenty steep too."

I thought this classic view of Grant Avenue was a perfect tribute to the massive Chinese New Year's parade that's happening on Saturday. Chinatown can still be a little bit spooky, and I'm afraid that Chop Suey is very difficult to find these days, but not much else has changed in this image.

Wednesday
Feb012012

Postcard: A Park Scene in Florida

Blissful isn't it? Amazingly enough, this very vintage postcard was never sent to anyone. My guess is that it was kept as a souvenir in a scrap book because it's still in perfect shape and has these amazing colors. It's also printed on that great linen-weave textured stock.

Images like this make me think of one of those screwball comedies where everyone is in Florida going to horse races and night clubs. Like The Palm Beach Story, or Saratoga... Too bad no one makes movies like that any more!

Thursday
Jan192012

Postcard: New London, CT 1912

Old Town Mill, built 1650, New London, Conn.

Although this postcard was sent in 1912 by the postmark, I can't read anything further on this one because it's written in German to a Hilda Johnson of Providence, RI...

But I looked up the Old Town Mill and found that it was burnt by Benedict Arnold's army in the Revolutionary War, and then re-built shortly thereafter. It has actually been re-built many times, functioning as both a tourist attraction and a part of daily life over the centuries. Today it is located near a freeway overpass, but still hosts an open space for concerts and picnics. The wheel still turns and the mill still works, even in the middle of a modern city!

Thursday
Jan122012

Postcard: Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico, 1976

La Playa de San Juan, Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico.

I know this seriously looks like a Corona Beer advertisement, but I found this postcard this week and I thought it was the perfect antidote to the post-holiday blues. In fact, I'm going to be mixing traditional "winter" postcards with more "tropical/vacation" postcards since, as we know, birds (and rich New Yorkers) fly south for the winter. Thus the ever-popular Cruise and Resort collections created by fashion houses everywhere.

Sent in 1976, this view of Cozumel probably hasn't changed a whole lot. I'll be those chairs are just sitting there waiting for all of us.... And isn't that a lovely thought?

Friday
Dec302011

Postcard: Ferry Building at Night, San Francisco

Sorry for the delay on postcard posting this week! I've been enjoying the mellow week between the holidays and trying to get organized for the year ahead... So for this week's card I stayed close to home: a classic view from San Francisco featuring the Ferry Building back in the early 20th Century - probably from the 1920s or 1930s.

Sunday
Dec252011

Merry Christmas!

Not just one, but two images to wish you a Merry Christmas! The first is an old snapshot of my Mom (on the bike) and my Grandma on Christmas morning years ago. From my Mom's age, I'd say it was the late 1940s or about 1950. I just love the look on her face!

This postcard was sent on Christmas Day in 1909 from Reno, Nevada. It's a gorgeous card made by "Tuck's Post Card - Raphael Tuck & Sons, Art Publishers to their Majesties the King & Queen". There's even a royal seal printed in the corner. What I love about this one is that it's embossed with texture on the trees and ground, and then given a final layer of gilt in the emboss. These extra steps definitely made it a more expensive card, but the effect is lovely.

Wishing all of you a wonderful, happy and healthy Christmas full of everything you want - or at least lots of thoughts about how to get what you want in the coming year! Wishing all of you love and joy...

Tuesday
Dec132011

Postcard: Mile of Christmas Trees, Pasadena, CA 1933

MILE OF CHRISTMAS TREES, Pasadena, California. Stretching north from the city limits of Pasadena through the heart of beautiful Altadena, these giant Deodars have long been famous. These trees were grown from seed brought from the Himalaya Mountains in India, where the Deodar is grown as the tree of God. They were first planted here in 1885, and now reach a height of about one hundred feed, and have a spread of from forty to fifty feet.

Postmarked from South Pasadena, CA on January 4, 1933, this postcard was sent to Wayton, Ohio by a woman named Edythe. From her brief message I can only glean that she was newly-arrived Californian... She says "Was glad to receive letter from so many at one time. We are having a lovely time. Went to this place Xmas eve. Yesterday was the big Rose Parade. I wish every one at home could see it...."

Now I haven't seen it myself, but Altadena still has the "Mile of Christmas Trees". While the trees were planted in the late 1880s by an early California booster, they first lighting of the trees was in 1920, over just a quarter-mile of trees. Each year thereafter the lighting expanded to include 150 trees.

This year, the trees will be lit until January 1, 2012, and are lit from dusk until 10 PM during the week and midnight on the weekends.

Thursday
Dec012011

Postcard: Two Views of Rue Soufflot & Pantheon

This week's postcards offer two different views of one of my favorite intersections in all of Paris - Rue Soufflot at Boulevard St. Michel. This is right at the edge of the 6th and 5th Arrondisements, with the 6th behind you as you face the Latin Quarter in the 5th. If you were standing at this spot, the Jardins de Luxembourg would be behind you, with the Medici Fountain and all it's gorgeous lime walkways and chestnut trees.

I love this spot because it's a wonderful, colorful neighborhood that mixes families and students, parks and museums. The Sorbonne is just down the street, and the honored French of bygones past are held within the massive dome of the Pantheon. It's all very formal and informal at once. There's cafes, shops, tabacs, ice cream vendors with carts, and the best Sandwhich Grec (that's French for gyro) just up the way...

The first postcard is probably from just after World War I, judging by the clothes and the types of transportation. There's a bus, but there's also a few horse-drawn carts here and there... Meanwhile, the second one comes in much closer and shows a great reflection in the fountain of the roundabout. I'm assuming this shot is from the 1930s because of the cars. It also has a scalloped edge, and is from the famous postcard producer Guy.

As for Soufflot? He was the architect who built the Pantheon. Jacques-Germain Soufflot was the Controller of the King's Buildings in the final years of the Ancien Régime; he was also a representative figure in the artistic avant-garde of the Enlightenment. Several great national institutions wer designed by him (like the Louvre...) but the Pantheon is his greatest achievement.