Friday, December 17, 2010
This great linen postcard extols the virtues of the T V City Motel on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. Looks like a great place, and with free tickets to shows, who could ask for more? Well, you could ask for being across the street from the World's Largest Bowling Alley, and you'd get that too!
Friday, December 3, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
The back reads, "The entire family can enjoy a new and delightful game of carpet golf in an unusual setting." If you want to know more than you ever need to about the history of miniature golf, here's a great link: http://www.terrastories.com/bearings/miniature-golf
Friday, October 8, 2010
This one is unintentionally funny (the best kind!) It's the interior of the West Mall, in Phoenix, Arizona.
According to the back, the spacious enclosed Mall, 1,000 feet long, offers a constant comfortable temperature, winter and summer. Park style benches and lush landscaping afford the shoppers rest and relaxation during their visits to the center.
The funny part is the hoarde of senior citizens loitering around outside the Pharmacy. They're probably its biggest customers, and they want to stay close by!
This roadside attraction still exists today, with several rides and of course a tour of the cave. Check out the rave (and not-so-rave) reviews:
Friday, September 10, 2010
The Jewish New Year high holidays are here...Rosh Hashanah has just passed, and Yom Kippur begins at sundown next Friday night. May it be a year of happiness, growth, tolerance and peace.
Friday, August 13, 2010
A great linen postcard with a full-on view of the Paramount Soda Shop, with some obvious photo cropping around the edges.
Here's what the back says: "To every Guest who comes through our doors we say "Welcome." It is our pleasure to serve you with quality food products..."
Friday, August 6, 2010
This real photo postcard is of a street in Bingham, Maine. The owner of the postcard did not write any message on the back or mail the card, but he (or she) did take time to denote the two hotels in town, along with an indication of "My Room - No Heat." Maine can be very cold in the winter, so who can blame him for complaining?
Thursday, July 29, 2010
This postcard shows the Morrison Hotel of Chicago, with a nice "x" marks the spot showing "our room."
The hotel was 46 stories high and stood 506 feet above the sidewalk, and every room had a bath, circulating ice water, and grille-protected servidor until 1965, when it became the largest building ever to have been demolished up to that date.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
The back of this postcard has a very interesting message written by the sender, who was apparently non-Jewish but observant about the atmosphere in the country several years after the Six Day War in 1967. She says "there is a wonderful feeling of optimism here, despite the war, for the Israeli knows where he is going -- so different from the Western world!.." Regardless of our religious or political views, this "real" artifact of social history is intriguing!
Thursday, July 15, 2010
The United States Post Office building in Augusta, Maine, was designed by Mifflin Bell. Built of masonry and granite, it is a rare example of Victorian-era architecture in Maine. When first opened in 1890, the Portland Transcript called 295 Water Street “one of the most picturesque public buildings that the government has bestowed upon any city in the Union.” Built of Hallowell granite and complete with a corner tower, Roman arches, a winding staircase, and 32,000 square feet of space, it was built in response to the growth of Augusta’s publishing industry. It served as the city’s main post office until the 1960s. The original building, a classic example of American architectural style Richardsonian Romanesque, was altered in 1910, making the tower the center point, then again in the mid-twentieth century, adding a south wing. Now known as The Olde Federal Building, it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Note how the all-important TV was incorporated into the sign.
The XIT Ranch was a real cattle ranch in the Texas panhandle, operating from 1885 to 1912. It was 3 million acres big, and it was given by the state of Texas to landowners who owned the spot in Austin where the state wanted to build its capitol, as a trade.
Friday, May 21, 2010
Oh oh! Look what happened to the Pit, on August 28th, 1918 (as reported in the Lewiston, Maine Daily Sun.....
Monday, May 17, 2010
This beautiful post office, designed by Treasury Architect James Knox Taylor, was built in 1911. The building was placed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1977 and was sold at auction in 1980 for $112,000. It is now occupied by several businesses including the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce and Mainely Brews Tavern.
Friday, May 7, 2010
This mammoth statue of the mythological, legendary giant Paul Bunyon is in Bangor, Maine. It pays tribute to the men that made this most northerly section of the country (and my home state) famous for its lumber industry.
Other statues of Paul Bunyan were erected in Bemidji, Minnesota, Rumford, Maine, Brainerd, Minnesota, Westwood, California, Del Norte County, California, St. Ignace, Michigan, Ossineke, Michigan, Enchanted Forest Water Safari, New York, and in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, and Minoqua, Wisconsin.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
This family portrait includes everyone, even the dog. This card is an outstanding example of how you could "do it yourself," by taking a photograph and then developing it on postcard stock yourself. The firsthand account of the message writer, misspellings and all, tells the story:
"Dear Nephew, Received your card Monday, was glad to here from you. Hope your papa is well again. We got home OK Sunday. Hope you did. We have 84 little chick's. Now don't get scard at these pictures, i did this work, it was my first work. Floyd was busy and I was ancious to see the pictures so i did this work. i got them to dark. I did not print many because they are not good will print more later + send you + your mama some more later we are quite busy."
There is no postmark and the card wasn't mailed, so we don't know when it is from. We get a clue from looking at the box where the stamp would go, however. We can see it's AZO paper, which was an early Kodak paper product. When all the triangles are pointing up in the corners, we know the paper was produced from 1904-1918, a good indicator of age.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Friday, April 2, 2010
(Sorry about the lack of recent posts. I was on vacation for two weeks!)
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Monday, March 1, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
DO YOU KNOW WHY
a piano is such a wonderful musical possession, acknowledged the world over to be the "basic musical instrument"?
It is because piano music enriches the lives of both player and listener -- and because the piano is an instrument that most people will play throughout their lifetimes.
Please call and let us make an appointment to talk this over with you. We know we can work out all the details.
And the following notation was handwritten in:
"Our exciting sales are still on and also we have a special on an Ebony used Acrosonic spinet."
The card is postmarked 1958, when all across the suburbs living rooms were filling up with pianos so the baby boomers could take lessons. The spinets, which are the shortest type of vertical pianos, like the one in the image, were the bottom of the barrel when it came to quality. They had poor tone, generally were cheaply constructed and were notoriously hard to service. Nevertheless, they were a part of many of our childhoods, in part due to the successful marketing campaigns of those times.
Corny as these postcard ads were (I'll post more later), there's some truth in my case. I still play the piano almost every day, often just for ten minutes, but it's rooted in a Danish Modern style Story & Clark spinet that found its way into the living room of my childhood home, in a subdivision built in the 'burbs in the early 60's!
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010
We don't know Ruth, but we can imagine how excited she was about the new subway! Read more about opening day here: http://www.nycsubway.org/articles/dayone_index.html
The postcard image itself is of the Brooklyn Bridge station. If you walk up the steps from street level to the station on the left, that's the terminus of the Brooklyn Bridge, where you caught the streetcar to go to Brooklyn. The building in the center of the image is the Pulitzer building, demolished in 1955 so that more automobiles could get over the Brooklyn Bridge.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Thursday, February 4, 2010
It's now the Washington Marriott Wardman Park, and if you go to their website you can see that the balconies are still in place, but the mural is gone, as is the swanky atmosphere created by evening gowns and a grand piano.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Sunday, January 31, 2010
I have been an active postcard collector for over 10 years. I've amassed many cards on a number of different topics, and it's time to share.
I've always tried to figure out for myself why postcard collecting is so fascinating. Partly, it's the thrill of the hunt, partly it's the idea that I'm taking care of original, historical artifacts that are worthy of preservation. With the postcards that show the places I've lived or visited, it's the reminiscence of past times along with the bittersweet notion that you can remember but you can't go back.
Postcards are appealing because they go beyond the original intention of someone sending a quick message to someone else, along with a picture. Over time, the pictures document the culture, the styles, the sociology of the age, and the messages on the other side document what was important to people, what they were like, and the spirit of the times. Some of the most fascinating images to me are the ones that over time have become ironic -- a brand new car model that to us looks ugly and dated, or a motel proudly advertised that would be your absolute last choice today.
What you'll find here will mostly be weighted towards my collecting areas of interest. They include the following places:
- Portland, Maine
- Old Orchard Beach
- Manchester, New Hampshire
- The Berlin Turnpike in Connecticut
- New York City
and the following other topics:
- Amusement Parks and Roller Coasters
- World's Fairs
- Offices and Office Equipment
- Music -- Advertising and Band Photos
- Hotels, Motels, Diners and Roadside Attractions