Thursday, January 13, 2011

Old Orchard Beach in the Future

Old Orchard is a coastal resort town in Maine. A summer vacation destination since the 1800's, it has a 7-mile long beach, hotels and an amusement park frequented by New Englanders and Canadians. I grew up in Portland, about 30 minutes away, so collecting postcards depicting Old Orchard is a passion.

After a very long search, I finally found the Old Orchard in the Future card from 1907. It's deemed to be rare by Daniel E. Blaney, the author of the Arcadia Publishing book "Old Orchard Beach" and the president of the Old Orchard Beach Historical Society, who states in the book that this card is the most sought after card by collectors. He says that he knows of only four copies to exist, of which he owns three. Presented above is copy No. 5 !

12 comments:

Sheila said...

They seem to have predicted the amount of traffic right! A very busy looking place.

Terry said...

Howdy
Happy PFF to you .
Great card ,summer vacation sounds really nice right now :)
Enjoy the rest of your weekend .
Until next time
Happy Trails

viridian said...

Happy PFF! I have seen these 'future' postcards - early 'photoshopping' of balloons and bridges in each image.

Joy said...

What a gem of a card, lucky you. I like the thought of ballooning into a resort although I would prefer jet-packs:-)

Dorincard said...

The guy at the top of the postcard, near the word Old, is filming a videoclip with his iPhone 4GS, and then he will post it across all social media.
:)

Postcardy said...

That's a great card, but I'm glad we don't have all those things in the sky.

Aimee said...

Love this card! Looks like it was a great vacation spot!

MrCachet said...

Isn't it neat to come up with a collectible like this in excellent condition. This could have been the cover of a Popular Mechanics magazine in 1910!

Aimee Dars said...

Great card! You are lucky.

Debs said...

wow! this is a wonderful card - am now humming "those magnificent men in their flying machines" ;-)
happy PFF!

Tete said...

Love this pc! How fun that you have a copy of it and not just an image. Love all the little details in it.
Happy PFF!
Hugs- Tete

Snap said...

Wonderful future postcard. I've never been to Maine ... on my list! Happy PFF!