Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Valentine for Miss Faye Queber























On February 14, 1942, Joseph S. Bednar of Souderton Pennsylvania sent a valentine card to Miss Faye Queber of Philadelphia Pennsylvania. The card is not remarkable when compared with the ornate script on this envelope. Joseph must have worked a very long time to address this for his sweetheart.

Miss Queber could be a decendant of Harry J. Queber and Margret Queber of Philadelphia. Be sure to look to Familyhistory.com for more about the Queber family. And for more Bednar (aka Beadner) links, check out GenForum.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

1894 report on Eva Simmons



















1894 calling....in this old "Report of Deportment, Attendance, and Examination of Grades" for little Miss Eva Simmons. This old report card is 112 years old and was signed by Eva's father, Perry Simmons, as well as her teacher, Miss Addie Marble. She was a well educated girl, taking lessons even for physiology. A nice snapshot in time, culminating on May 10th, 1894, with the promotion of little Miss Eva Simmons to the 6th grade.

The School or area is not identified, but Dad collected most of his old paper in the Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania area. This past October, I listed another old Simmons relic (from Wyoming Delaware) right here on this blog, but I have not been able to discover if there was a Simmons connection here.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Merry Christmas
















Merry Christmas sent to Master Edgar Reed Ebersole probably around 1910 or so.
Another old postcard from the Maryland Delaware Pennsylvania area.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Christmas Cards from 1920's and older











This is a classy old card sent by Janet Hibberd Davis. It's undated, but probably from 1920's or older. I have other old Christmas cards sent by Dr. John H. Girvin, Gertrude W. Ferguson, Isabelle Ewing, Alberta Marguerite Dean, Katharine E. Snyder, Katharine Adair Wilson, Elizabeth B. Vinyard, Helen Josephine Forrest, Lillian Allison Thompson, Hattie Brown, and others.

They were special to somebody and somebody treasured these old things for many years.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

S. May Collins, Maryland Eastern Shore Farm


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On March 29, 1895, little S. May Collins composed this short story of a summer vacation and titled it, "The Maryland Farm". The story is three pages long and chronicles the summer vacation of 4 children, Elmer, Fannie, Eva and Flo on their Grandparent's farm on the "Eastern coast of Maryland near a river". Sailing, rowing, bathing, and horseback riding were some of the things that she loved, and was obviously looking forward to for the summer of 1895. Although riding on the hay wagon was forbidden by Father, little May describes the ideal summer for a kid of any century.

This is the original, three page, hand-written story, still bound by a ribbon tied over 111 years ago, probably by little May Collins herself. A bit of her childhood preserved.

Learn more about the Collins family at GenForum or explore some more on Rootsweb.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Old Christmas Cards


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Pastor David Wagner Kerr (1864 - 1941) ministered to a lot of people in a great many places. He sent this Christmas card in 1925 while he was Pastor at the Union Church in Tyringham Massachusetts.

















This stylish old card was sent by Catharine Stoneback, but it's not dated.

















Edith Diehl of Grand Junction Colorado sent this old Christmas Postcard to Mr. Isaac McCabe in Selbyville Delaware in 1920. Edith breaks some sad news about her Mother in the message on the reverse. Katharine Gassaway's art is featured on this lovely old card.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Showell Abbott of Milford Delaware


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An old report card belonging to Showell Abbott, signed by teacher Anna Hall, of the South Milford Public School, in Milford Delaware. This is probably from the late19th century or very early 20th century since the North (Kent County) and South (Sussex County) public schools were consolodated early in the 20th century.

Little Showell passed, in case you may be wondering.

You can see an earlier postshowing the baby-faced mug of George Richard Abbott of Milford, right here on Family Papers and Postcards.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

C. F. J. Schaefer Co. card to William G. Abbott


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The Schaefer company sent this postcard from Philadelphia in 1913, in hopes of doing business with a Milford Delaware ship builder, William G. Abbott. Ship building was big business in Milford during this time period, and the William G. Abbott shipyard was the perhaps the greatest in lower Delaware. In 1917, the Abbott yard launched the 174 foot Albert F. Paul, a ship that sailed the seas until torpedoed by a German sub in World War II.

The photo shows Mr. C.F.J. Schaefer, whose business was located at 105 North Second Street in Philadelphia Pennsylvania.

Find more Schaefer history at GenForum or join in the Abbott discussion at Rootsweb.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Pvt. Peter Luzetsky, Fort George Meade MD












Private Peter Luzetsky sent this card to Miss Elizabeth Crowgey on Elkton Maryland on March 28, 1943. He told her that he was with a "gang of Elkton Boys and that he is being shipped out to a different camp in a few days. He talks a little about his routine and asks her to pass a message along to the 40?? year class. The card was postmarked from Fort George Meade. This card features a print of the Division Service Club at Fort Meade.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Reverend Charles Leaman














This is an old photograph of reverend Charles Leaman. On the reverse is also written "taken in Nanking China". This is a very large old cabinet card photo, mounted by Darmstaetters of Lancaster Pennsylvania. You can read more about the Leaman family at the Penn State Library. The Leaman family feature prominently in the history of Strasburg township and Paradise township area around Lancaster PA, and of course, Leaman Place.

I also have an old photo of Dr. and Mrs. Leaman and daughter Mary, taken around 1905.

See also, my photo of Henry Leaman in an earlier blog, or check out the discussion on GenForum.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Newlin Family of Wilmington Delaware






















These two old postcards were sent to Miss Phoebe Newlin at 11 E. Summit Avenue, in Wilmington Delaware. The top card was sent from Virginia Beach by "Little Susie" and mailed at a time when Phoebe was ill (July 1955). The bottom card was mailed from Rehoboth Beach (date unreadable) by Magie. As well as the Summit Ave. address, the address on this card included Ashley, Richardson Park. These two postcards are the newest of a set of 6 cards sent to the Newlin Family in Wilmington DE.

The other four cards were sent to Phebe Newlin, Miss E. May Newlin, Mrs Catharine Newlin and Mrs. Harry Newlin, all of Wilmington. Three are postmarked (1908, 1910, and 1914). These Newlins lived on 7th Street and on North Jackson Street. One card was also sent by a Wilmington Newlin, Mr. Nathan B. Newlin.

Visit Genforum for more about the Newlin Family. Rootsweb also has an active Newlin forum.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Ansonia Apartment Hotel in New York


Here's a great old, undivided-back postcard mailed on August 27, 1906 .... over 100 years ago! It was mailed from Brooklyn, Coney Island Station, to Mrs. James Esterly in Reading PA. The card was published by the Stern Pub. of Brooklyn N.Y. It features the famous Ansonia Hotel, still standing today after all these years. This is an amazing old building.

As featured on eBay!

Babe Ruth lived here at one time. And this is the semi-spooky place where, "Don't Say a Word" was filmed. Learn more about this grand old building at Wikipedia.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Perry Street, Cape May New Jersey













This is an old, unsent postcard published by the Albertype Co of Brooklyn New York. The street in old Cape May is shown unpaved. A sign on the house in the foreground has a sign that says "Mae Ville" or "Mae Villa". Do you recognize this scene? If so, please leave me a comment.

Miss Agnus Jenkins Woodside DE Christmas 1909













Elizabeth Caulk mailed this Christmas postcard to her friend, Miss Agnes Jenkins, in Woodside Delaware. Agnes was the daughter of Phillip and Mary Jenkins of Woodside. Mary ran the old Jenkins Store (Reeds Store) on the other side of the railroad tracks in Woodside.

Mailed on December 23, 1909, this is a whisper from Christmas past.


The Christmas postcard below was also sent to Agnes Jenkins. This one was sent on December 23, 1907 (from Rosie) and features a cloth Santa. Note the American Flag in Santa's sack, and that he's being helped by angels, not elves.



















This old postcard was mailed on November 20, 1906 from Felton Delaware to Glancy Jenkins in Woodside. I believe that Glancy was Agnes' brother. This postcard was mailed 100 years ago.... imagine.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Thanksgiving 1914, Pughe Family of Longmont CO













The signature on this old card is hard to read, but it was most likely sent by daughter Mary (Drinkwater) to her parents in Longmont Colorado. The card was addressed to Mr. C. E. Pughe, who was most likely Charles E. Pughe of Longmont, and born in Aberystwytb Wales. Mr. and Mrs. Pughe's 7 children included Mrs. Coy Klingler (nee Edna Pughe), Will S, Mary Pugh Drinkwater, Frank Pughe (worked at the Denver Mint), Emma (living at home), George Arthur Pughe (attorney and State Legislator), and Edgar (who died when he was only eight months old). The card mentions Lucile, who was most likely Mary Drinkwater's daughter.

Mr. Pughe was a farmer and also in the mining business as Manager and Director of the Lynn Consolidated Mining Company. He came to America in 1866, shortly before his brother John Pughe, also a mining man. Their father was probably Tudor Pughe of Cardiganshire Wales, and their mother, Mary Morgan Pughe.

I have many old post cards from this family, most sent to Emma D. Pughe. In the history that I've been reading, their names are often spelled Pugh.

Can you hear them speaking ... talking to you from nearly a century ago?




Monday, November 06, 2006

George Weisensel, Magician




George Lewis Weisensel was a Magician known as "Weisini". He was well known in his time for his "Splinter from the Hand" illusion where he asked a spectator to pull a small splinter from his hand... and what came out was a giant splinter, 7 inches long.

This post card and several others in my collection, were written by George to his wife Margaret (Peg) Weisensel. These post cards are from the 1920's through the 1950's. George must have spent a lot of time in hotel rooms, but he always sent Peg a note to let her know where he was. This particular card was mailed from the Rossi Motel Court in New Orleans in July 1954. One post card, mailed in 1933 from the Colonial Theater in Norfolk Virginia, was sent by William Tomlin (most likely Magician Tommy Tomlin) to George and Peg.

George, who was born in Rochester New York in 1898, became interested in Magic at the age of 15 when he saw the famous Houdini perform. George Weisensel was also a traveling dental salesman out of Baltimore Maryland when he was not performing magic.

Here is a great photo of George L. Weisensel from the Conjuring Arts Research Center.

Magicians. An amazing group of people, always with a story to tell. Thank you George, for sharing yours with me.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

We're What?





















Here we have an old newspaper clipping of Your Delaware and Mine, date unknown; newspaper unknown. Bob Swain was the author of this piece, which was written on Columbus Day and described Henry Hudson's journey up the Delaware River in search of a short route to China. Obviously, this was back before the days of Google Earth and Mapquest.

In the style of the old Ripley's Believe it or Not, this little clipping has some juicy little tidbits of Delaware information . Now, I didn't go to school in Delaware, so these little factoids are all news to me. For instance, did you know that another nickname for Delaware is Uncle Sam's Pocket Handkerchief"? I looked on the State website and that nickname wasn't mentioned... I wonder why? I think that the nickname would look just swell on all the signs that greet you coming into the state.

The clipping also discloses that, In old Delaware a forger, if convicted, was sentenced to the pillory for one hour, after which his ears were cut off, and his nostrils slit in half! Ouch.

Interesting old facts about my adopted home state.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Wyoming Delaware Musical Prodigy ... 1900



















This old newspaper clipping is from February 12, 1900, but no telling what newspaper it was clipped from. The print shows little Miss Della E. Simmons, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William G. Simmons of Wyoming, Delaware. Little Della, as the clipping tells us, was a child prodigy with the violin. At only 4 1/2 years old, she began studying music under Miss Katharine Spencer of Dover, Delaware. By the age of 5, Della could play pieces that she had practiced but once, and made her solo debut before the Union Lodge, in the Hotel Richardson in Dover. "She astonished the Sons of Hiram".

I've not been able to find anything more about Della. Whatever happened to her and her violin? Would such a talent have simply faded into obscurity? Did she grow up, and did she continue to play? If you have a clue, please share it.

Join the search for the Simmons family on Genforum or at RootsWeb.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Wesley Junior College Concerts in Dover






















Earle Blakeslee was the guest soloist in the auditorium of the People's Church for this March 30, 1950 concert in Dover DE. The show was presented by Wesley Junior College Chorale. The back of the poster tells us a little about Mr. Blakeslee: A tenor of unusual warmth and charm, Earle Blakeslee combines a high degree of vocal ability with expert musicianship--and accomplishment which stands him in good stead in his dual role of singer and conductor of chorus and orchestra.

How about this one:





An old poster for the Spring Concert of April 16, 1948. Guest Soloist Floyd Worthington at the Capitol Theatre... presented by Wesley Junior College Choir and Glee Club.

Lots of opportunities for Dover folks to mingle and have a nice time.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Victorian Era Trade Card, Wilmington Delaware


















This old Wilmington DE trade card, a crisp, black and white lithograph printed by W.J. Morgan and Company of Ohio, dates from the 1880's. It was copyrighted in 1882 and the business is listed in the Wilmington City Directory dated 1889. Businesses handed these ads out and many folks collected them to put them into their scrap albums. Those Victorians loved their scrap books, but this old thing missed being pasted into an album, and both sides (front and reverse) are free from glue.

The Domestic Sewing Machine Company of Wilmington was located, of course, on Market Street (414 Market Street). You'll see in the Wilmington City Directory, that there were 3 other sewing machine stores on Market St. in 1889, Including Singer.

Here's the front of the card....














Follow my links for more historical paper from Wilmington:
Union Park Gardens Photo Album, 1940's
Young Bearded Wilmington Gentleman, 1880's
19th Century Wilmington Boys
Mammoth 5 Cent Store, Victorian Trade Card
Circa 1858 Wilmington Men
Unknown Wilmington Man
Circa 1858 Wilmington Women
1939 Wilmington Cowboys on WDEL
William Webb Pusey Photo, 1870
Mary Dunlap in 1903

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Confederate Calvary Soldier




















A carte-de-visite taken at the Morse & Peaslee, Gallery of the Cumberland, No. 25 Cedar St., Nashville Tennessee. A very young soldier with two side-arms and a saber. A an actual Civil War relic. Who was he, what happened to him, what was his connection with the Maryland, Delaware area?

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Union Park Gardens, Wilmington Delaware album

I just discovered this old photo album from Wilmington Delaware, and here are a few photos that I pulled out and scanned. The woman who kept this album is pictured by her boyfriend/husband Joe in the long white coat. She is known only as "Me". Joe is also pictured often, first in that long white coat back in 1940, then in front of the DuPont, Wilmington Shops in 1943, then in uniform in 1943 just prior to going overseas, and then finally in France. There are no homecoming pictures... I hope those are in another album somewhere.

Three of the photos shown above were taken at the DuPont Wilmington Shops, and in fact, she has titled one of the photos as "Four Wilmington Shops Gals". That photo of the four women includes "Me", Eileen Kelleher, Irene Manista, and Jean Travis".

Violet Condiff is the lady pictured alone.

Other photos in the album show the women and their boyfriends and husbands, some taken in the Union Park Gardens neighborhood in Wilmington. Most of the fellows are in uniform, including Sailor Leonard sitting beside Mrs. Williams on the porch. Other names in the album include Larry Read (Reed?), Anne Santillo, Dorothy Mitchell (Dot), Rose Gravino and Dom (Dominic?), Mrs. Collison, Everett Swenson, Robert Dobois (Dubois), Mr. Tully, Mr. Taylor, Jack Maxwell, and Mrs. and Mr. Oesterle.

My parent's generation, the "Greatest Generation".

Monday, October 09, 2006

Derickson Family, Selbyville Delaware














Here are 3 old postcards that were sent to the Derickson Family in Selbyville DE. Two of these pictured were sent to Mrs. N.M. Derickson and one to Mary E. Derickson.

Mr. Derickson must have worked on a ship, because one card in this collection was sent to him in care of the Schooner Mary B. Baird, in Jacksonville Florida. The sender originally mailed the card to Mayport FL, but that address was scratched out possibly because Mr. Derickson had already left for the next port. The new address also included (in care of) J.H.A. Hussey.

The postcard on the lower right is a "Carte Postale" and it features a print of Le Theatre Municipal in Saigon, Vietnam.

There are twelve old Derickson postcards in all, and they were mailed between 1909 and 1917.

Find your Derickson Family at Genforum.

Or try RootsWeb.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Whispers to Little Nell Hunnicutt, 1908, Athens GA
















Her big brother John Hunnicutt sent these postcards to "little Nell" during the period from October 1907 through April 1908. John was probably attending school in Baltimore, where the postcards were postmarked. There is no evidence of sibling rivalry at all in these sweet old cards from "devoted brother John". From John's tone, little Nell may have been ill. Nell's sister Sara also sent her a card from Baltimore. I can hear these old whispers from the past as clear as the day they were sent.

Nell lived at 325 Milledge Avenue in Athens, later known as the Hamilton-Hunnicutt House. Her brother John went on to become Dr. John A. Hunnicutt, Jr. He had graduated from the University of Georgia and graduated in medicine at Johns Hopkins University in 1911. Afterwards, he went back to Clarke County, and set up a general practice in Athens.

I also have some postcards to or from Eleanor Hunnicutt, Mary D. Hunnicutt, Martha Hunnicutt, Sarah Hunnicutt, and Nellie Grattan Hunnicutt.

Join the Hunnicutt discussion on Genforum.

Scene around Greensboro Maryland













Donnie in Greensboro MD sent this postcard to his Grandmother, Mrs. Fulton Jones, on June 19, 1944. Mrs. Jones lived on Upton Street in Salisbury, Maryland, and I have seen a number of cards to her.

Greensboro is a nice old town in Caroline County Maryland, not too far from Dover, Delaware.

Learn more about the Jones Family at Genforum.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Mrs. Robert Potts, Newark Delaware, 1923


Mary sent this old postcard to Mrs. Robert Potts, 323 E. Main St., Newark Delaware. The card is postmarked in Philadelphia Pennsylvania on October 4, 1923 and features the Lit Brothers Store in Phiadelphia.

Visit Genforum for more Potts family history.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Young, bearded gentleman, Wilmington DE


I wanted to look distinguished. I wanted this photo to remind you of me. I believe that I pulled it off, don't you?

A cabinet card photo taken at the Holland Studio at 307 Market Street in Wilmington Delaware. The photographer, Thomas G. Holland, was listed in the 1889 Wilmington City Directory, but beyond that, I can't find out much about him.

More Wilmington Photos

Even More Wilmington Photos

A Wilmington Girl

Curry Studio Photos

Eliason Photo

Wilmington Delaware Pair

Monday, October 02, 2006

Site of Future Dover Post Office

















Pictured here is the Dover Hotel "Overlooking the Lake", Manager: George Takach, phone number, Dover 7481. This is a very nice old aerial view of Treadway Towers before the Lobby House patio, but that's not the only thing missing in this postcard view of Loockerman Street and Mirrow Lake.... the present day post office hadn't been built yet. Also, long before DNREC occupation, the old Richardson and Robbins Plant sits on the upper right side of the card just above the water tower.

My friend Bill Hill, who worked in the Richardson and Robbins building as the Chief of DNREC Enforcement, gave me this post card when he retired. Published by A. Ken Pfister of Dover, Delaware, this is one of my favorite postcards of Dover. Thanks Bill.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

198th Coastal Artillery, Bethany Beach DE


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A nice old postcard postmarked on August 6, 1932 and mailed to Miss Marie Rosengren in Hartly Delaware. The card was sent by Pvt. Clarence Courtney, Battery G of the 198th (the Kent County Battery). This could be the Clarence C. Courtney buried in Camden Delaware along with his wife, L. Virginia Courtney. The 198th was commanded by Col. George Schulz of Hartly during this time period.

Known later as the 945th in Kent County, and redesignated the 193d Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Tyrone Pennsylvania, Women With Hats















Daring trio of respectable Tyrone PA ladies, having a little fun, circa 1871 -1887. Photographed by the Stem and Smith studio of Tyrone. I actually visited Tyrone last week and found it to be a beautiful old town. I must have arrived during the rush hour because it sure was a busy place. We spotted the old YMCA, which looks like they're ready to either tear it down or start a major renovation. We also stopped in the library, which has a fantantic room dedicated to Tyrone history and genealogical research (Thank you Mrs. Smith).

I probably never would have seen Tyrone if not for all these old photos left behind by Dad. It was almost like he was riding with us on that trip.

For more Tyrone treasures, check out my other postings.

Check out the Tyrone Business Directory before phones.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Lewes Delaware and Rehoboth Beach too

















Just three nearly new/slightly old, postcards from Lewes and one 60's view of the boardwalk at Rehoboth. If you look closely, you call see Dolles up the walk, near the right hand side of the Rehoboth card. It looks a little different from the more recent version photographed by Mike Mahaffie on Mike's Musings, but an icon (minus the sign) nonetheless.

Shown also, the Zwaanendael House, the Methodist Church (a classic postcard view) and the Monument commemorating the settlement of the first Dutch colony in 1631.

Happy 375th Birthday, Lewes Delaware. You're still looking pretty good for 375. And you still have the best restaurants in the State as far as my amateur palate is concerned and (solemnly) I still name the Second Street Grille as the place that served me the best meal that I have ever eaten (except for those prepared by my lovely wife Cindy or old Mommy Hartman herself...of course).