Thursday, August 31, 2006

Bryn Zion Baptist Church, Kenton Delaware

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This was actually the Bryn Zion Baptist Church of Kenton Delaware where Thomas Attix was buried in 1907 (later moved to Lakeside Cemetery in Dover Delaware). This is an unmailed postcard, with a note to "Glancy" (Glancy Jenkins of Woodside Delaware) from his grandmother. Glancy was the son of Mary Jenkins and Phillip Jenkins of Woodside DE, and this old card must be from around 1910 or so. Just how many postcards do you see featuring our very own Kenton Delaware.

Visit the Jenkins Family at Rootsweb. Or, see the Jenkins scrapbook on an earlier post on this blog. There's also some other Jenkins postcards here or even here.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Can You identify this Wilmington DE girl?

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Another unidentified photo from the Wilmington Delaware studio of A. N. Sanborn, 404 Market Street. This studio was operated by first the father, Arthur N. Sanborn, and then the son, A. Nelson Sanborn. They didn't need to change the signs and stationary, you see. This is an AZO real photo postcard, printed sometime prior to 1918. A very pretty young lady in her best bonnet, but now in search of a name.

Find some Sanborn discussions at Rootsweb.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Staub Brothers Fruit Farm

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Three farm workers and a fliver full of Staub Fruit Farm produce ... maybe cider. This old truck looks to be just a notch or two above the wagon on the farm-vehicle evolutionary scale. The tires look like wagon wheels with a layer of rubber on them, and that has got to make for a bumpy ride. That jasper on the back barrel just might get shook loose if he doesn't hold on real tight. Last minute instructions from the boss man, and off they go into history and my blog.

If you recognize this farm, please let me know.

Check out the Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey Staubs at Rootsweb.... or on Genforum.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Tyrone PA, Basketball Champs, 1915

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Tyrone Pennsylvania keeps turning up, and here we have the Basketball Champs of 1914 - 1915 in a photo taken at Holtzinger's Studio in Tyrone PA (Blair County). The photographer, J. H. Holtzinger appears in the 1897 history of Tyrone done by the Reverend W. H. Wilson ... The Tyrone of To-Day, Gateway to the Alleghanies.

Please contact me if you can identify this team.

Added September 6, 2006: I've learned from the Tyrone e-Cafe that the names of two of these gentlemen may be Sam Hayes Sr. (probably Samuel Hayes Sr.) on the far left and Jess Templeton, the big guy in back (3rd from the left). Thanks Robbuck!

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Wilmington Marble & Granite Works

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With a several cute kittens spilling out of a basket, this old Victorian Trade Card announced the Wilmington Marble and granite Works at 610 Market Street in Wilmington DE. The Works was established in 1848 and Chas E. Smith (Charles E. Smith) may have been the owner.

Trade cards were collected and usually pasted into scrap books, and this one is no exception. You can see the faint residue of glue on the reverse of this old lithograph. I'm sure the cats were meant to make this card more collectible, after all, who would want a print of a hunk of granite (apologies to my geologist friends). If you want to learn more from folks who take their minerals very seriously, check out the Stone Quarries and Beyond pages.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Vintage Loockerman Street, Dover Delaware

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Loockerman Street is really busy in this 1929 print published by the Chamber of Commerce in Dover, Delaware. This photo was taken from the second floor of the post office, which once stood at the intersection of State Street and Loockerman Street. You can see the old Wise Pharmacy on the left and you can barely make out the location of the train station at the end of Loockerman St. Take a look at the print below to see the view of Loockerman looking east.

Yes, that is the old post office at the end of Loockerman Street. This Chamber of Commerce pamphlet was printed by Cann Brothers & Kindig, Inc. of Wilmington Delaware, and there are 20 or so other old Dover photos in here. If you have an interest in seeing any in particular, leave me a comment and I'll do my best to get it on the blog.

Mike Mahaffie shows us what it looks like today, and I think I prefer how it looks now. Since I work nearby, I do walk in this area several times a week, and I gotta tell you, Dover Hardware is my favorite hardware store on the planet. I love that place. If you want to be part of the legend, you'd better get down there and buy something pronto. The wrecking ball is headed their way, I am very sorry to say.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Curry Studio, Wilmington Delaware

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This is the same 19th Century Wilmington gentleman at different times in his life or possibly brothers who look remarkably alike. Is this anybody that you might recognize?

These two old carte-de-visite photographs were taken at the W.H. Curry studio at 414 Market Street in Wilmington DE sometime during the 1860's, judging from the mount and the address of the Curry studio, which started out at a different address, 309 Market Street. William H. Curry produced ambrotypes and photographs in Wilmington between 1859 until sometime in the late 1870's. Mr. Curry lived at 101 Poplar Street in the city.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Harry Walker, Clarksburg WV

Meet Mr. Harry Walker of Clarksburg West Virginia. Here he is on this old, undivided-back, Real Photo Post Card, most likely snapped sometime between 1901 and 1907. Mr. Walker sent this to his cousin, Mr. W. S. Morris (probably W. Smith Morris) in Millville New Jersey with a little note on the front. Before 1907, the back of the post card was reserved just for the address. Many of these postcards left some white space on the front for the sender to write their message. This card was never postmarked, so it's likely that Harry inserted it into a letter to Cousin "Smith".

Find more Walkers on GenForum or at RootsWeb.

Check out the Morris discussion at RootsWeb.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Carlotta Eliason, Wilmington Delaware

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Actually, there are two names written on the reverse of this old photograph, Carlotta Eliason and also Ella Horsey, but I believe Carlotta may be the lady shown here. This is the first of two photos mounted in this manner and taken by the Bucher Studio at 720 Market Street in Wilmington Delaware. This photo is a little difficult for me to date because there is not much in the way of clothing syle visible and the photo is not your standard carte-de-visit, but there are some clues that point to the 1870's or 1880's, including the thickness of the mount and the beveled edges.

Both the Bucher Studio and a family of Eliason's were listed in the Wilmington City Directory of 1889.

Join the search for Eliasons at Genforum or check out the Eliason discussion at RootsWeb.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Irene Draper, Rally Day 1911

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Another postcard mailed to Miss Irene Draper. See my previous post for more about Irene.

Mame Van Burkalow mailed this Rally Day postcard from Magnolia Delaware on October 3, 1911. The card announces a school Rally Day for October 8th, 1911 and says "We want every pupil present. Notify your friends and relatives. Let us have a rousing beginning of our winter work. Cordially yours, Mame VanBurkalow". Irene Draper was still in Asbury Park New Jersey, but Mame sent this to her there anyway, telling her, "...wish you were going to be with us..."

These days we don't have Rally Day postcards, but we know school is near when the TV ads begin to show school children leaping over buildings, dancing in the street, and jumping into swimming pools with their bookbags.

Mame Van Burkalow , 1865 - 1916, one of the Delaware Van Burkalows, now resting at Barratts Chapel with her husband Caleb. This surname itself has quite a bit of history behind it, originating from the name of Dutch town of Borculo, the Burkalow website tells me that at one time there were over 300 variations of the spelling of the surname taken from the village name of Borculo. Prior to immigrating to American and having their names changed to Borculo, Burkalow, Burklow, Barkalow, Barricklow, Bartlow, Barkelow and several hundred other misnomers by well-meaning civil servants (I can relate), the actual family name appears to have started out as Lubberdinck ... go figure.

Visit the Van Borculo family website.

There may be a connection here with the Stout Family of Magnolia Delaware. Joan Stout was photographed in Asbury Park, near where Irene was staying. See the photograph here.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Irene Draper, Magnolia Delaware

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Greetings from Magnolia Delaware, part of Caroon Manor and formerly Millichop's Woods! I have several postcards to Miss Irene Draper of Magnolia Delaware. This particular card was mailed from Magnolia DE while Miss Draper was staying in Asbury Park, New Jersey, and soon after she had traveled to hear President Taft speak. This paper relic was mailed sometime around 1911, a long time prior to the housing boom in Magnolia. I wonder if Miss Irene may have been a descendant of Magnolia's Captain Thomas Draper, the man who bought the old Banning Church near Magnolia and moved it away to convert it into a barn. Captain Tom ... predecessor to Trashcan Dan?

Search for other Magnolia items at , or join the Draper Discussion on GenForum.

See Irene's Rally Day Card from Mame VanBurkalow.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

To Mabel Ballard from Mama

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Her mother mailed this old postcard to little Mabel Ballard of Rockland Delaware way back in 1914. Mama was working very hard for a family in Worcester New York, and she was longing to see her daughter. A sweet old whisper from the past. The old card is postmarked from both Elsmere DE and Worcester NY

Learn more about the Ballard Family on GenForum. Or see the Ballard Family pages on RootsWeb.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Card to E.B. Morris in Milford DE

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This is an old card from the Golden Age of postcards and printed in Germany sometime between 1907 and World War I. It still has the message about Bowers Beach sent by M.L. Milman to Mrs E.B. Morris of Milford Delaware.

The card features the Fort Wyoming Monument at River Front Park in Wilkesbarre Pennsylvania. That looks like a nice summer day that they were enjoying.

Explore your Morris roots at RootsWeb.... or learn more about the Milmans on RootsWeb.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Postcard to Mrs O. W. Davis of Milford

Here we have an old AZO, Real Photo Post Card published in the 1920's. It features the President Hall at Wilson College in Chambersburg Pennsylvania. Olive (probably Olive Davis of Milford) sent it to Mrs O.W. Davis of Milford on July 4, 192?. I believe that Olive was probably letting her mother know that she was going to be late getting home.

I have other Davis family postcards from this branch of Milford Delaware Davis', including Dorothy Davis, Orra Davis, Ora Davis, Olive Davis, O.B. Davis, William W. Davis and others. There are also a couple to Mrs Nick E. Davis and Mary Davis of Chestertown Maryland. These are all from 1911 through the early 1920's. Maybe you can sort them all out.... if you can, please let me know.

Be sure to read my other Davis Family Blogs from August 9th, and August 5th.

Join in the Davis discussion on Genforum. Or try your Davis luck on RootsWeb

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Mr. O. W. Davis, Milford Delaware

This old postcard was mailed to Mr. O.W. Davis in Milford Delaware from a patient at the Maryland State Sanatorium, Mr. J. William Salmon. Mr. Salmon said that he was improving slowly and asks Mr. Davis about the sawmill business. The card was mailed on November 16, 1922.

Genforum has some SalmonFamily discussion
Or join in the Davis discussion there as well.

This card is for sale on Wigix

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Kent County Delaware Scrap Book

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Here are ten pages of scraps collected by a member of the Jenkins or Reed family during the 1930's and early 1940's. The page above includes an article about Amos n' Andy (Freeman Fisher Gosden and Charles J. Correll) visiting President Hoover. There is a short article about the body of a Camden man, Alvin Marker, found in the asparagus patch of George Butler of Camden Wyoming Road (next to the old Quaker Meeting House). There is memorian for John G. Reed and a notice about the property of John D. Hawkins of Dover Delaware. The funeral rites for Miss Lizzie Buckingham of Bradford Street in Dover, who died February 14, 1937 are described. Also included, a short article about the tragic shooting death of Mrs. Annie Morrow of Felton Delaware.

The Reverend W. C. Buckson pastor of St. Pauls M.E. Church of Dover married Mrs Virginia Melvin of Dover and little Dorothea Cohee of Woodside was recovering from her injuries after being struck by a truck near the Woodside School. The P.W. Jenkins Store in Woodside was robbed by a pair of men from Philadelphia, allegedly Bill Robinson and Arthur Littlejohn. The case was advanced "following a grilling" by City Patrolman James Collins ( I hope he read them their rights). Mrs Emma Stewart of Viola died on April 11, 1940.

There are also a couple of quirky news-pieces, including one about Eunice Winstead Johns, a nine year old Sneedville Tennessee girl who wed Charlie Johns, a mountain man; one about Edward and Mrs Simpson; and a couple more about Amos and Andy. My favorite is a short story and photo of Barney the Cat. Barney's owner, Miss Frances M. Barney of Torresdale says that Barney the Cat, age 24, is the oldest cat in the county. Barney, who has had 173 kittens, attributes her longevity to Milk and Mice.

There is a print of a band showing Earl Shappell, Just Plain John, Brother Bob, Joe, Bobbie and Donnie (no it's not the Osmonds).

Somebody 70 or so years ago clipped these and posted them into a scrap book to treasure them for the remainder of their life. A touching brush with the past and with the goings on around Kent County.

Notices or articles on other pages concern Dr. Marcus W. Reed, Camden Druggist (formerly of Mr. Clair New Jersey), Theodore C. Warrington, Mr and Mrs Charles Poore of Clayton Delaware, Miss Helen Biddle, Mr. Francis Harrington, Mrs Mary H. Benson, Alfred G. Shahan of Woodside, Edith M. Minner, Mrs Barnard Jenkins, Roy Farrow of Woodside, Robert H. Reed of Dover, Miss Catherine Saunders of Woodside, John Lindale of Magnolia, Herman Schneider, and Linda Cox.

Join the discussion about historic Kent County on RootsWeb.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

1918 message for O.W. Davis of Milford

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A card from a soldier very likely on his way to France to fight in World War I. This old postcard was mailed from Fort Dix Branch, Trenton New Jersey on May 9, 1918. It was sent by A. V. Foster, 309th F.A. (Field Artillery) Battery C. Foster mailed the card to Mr. O.W. Davis in Milford Delaware to inform him of his new address.

Over 9 Million soldiers died in Battles in what was known at the time as the Great War. The soldiers that returned had experienced a war like no other war before and they became known as the Lost Generation. In a final irony, the Great Influenza, the pandemic of 1918 killed more people than were killed during all of World War I. A.V. Foster was a member of this Lost Generation who mailed this postcard just as the first wave of the flu was striking military camps thoughout the United States.

Milford's connection to the Great War survives to this day. The Volunteer Fire Company was named in honor of Paris T. Carlisle, a Milford resident born in 1893 and killed in action in France on October 6, 1918. I wonder if Mr. Foster survived the war and the flu.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Minner & Welch Meat Market, Camden DE

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Here is one of the newest items on the blog and it's not exactly oven fresh. This 1948 Clover Farm Calendar features the Minner and Welch Sanitary Meat Market in Camden Delaware. The Sanitary Meat Market offered its customers fancy meat, groceries, and produce .... as well as Free Delivery! Just phone Bedford 4861.

Minner and Welch. Now those names are familiar around these parts.

There should be lots of Camden, Woodside, Dover folks who remember this place. Drag Grandma to the computer screen and see if this rings a bell with her. Then maybe you can tell us more about this place. They had nice calendars, thats one thing I do know.

If you are interested in old Camden Delaware, please see my Commerce Street Blog as well.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Unknown Smyrna Man

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This size of this old cabinet card photograph suggests that it was made following the Civil War, however the man's style of dress and grooming point to the latter part of the 19th century, perhaps as late as 1890. The photographer was "Bradford" in Smyrna Delaware. I've tried, but I can't find much at all about G.W. Bradford. Does anybody know what time period he (she?) operated the studio in Smyrna.

That is a wild bow tie, Mister. For more history about the origins of the bow tie, or instructions how to tie one on, you should check out Wikipedia.

If you are searching for more 19th Century Smyrna photos, please see my Smyrna Delaware blog entry from July 4th. You can see how Commerce Street looked to your granddaddy 100 years ago RIGHT HERE.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

A Card to Mother

This old postcard was postmarked in Rising Sun Maryland on September 18, 1924. Edna sent it to her mother, Mrs Lulu Boddy, in Conowingo, Cecil County Maryland. Edna tells her mother about her travel plans from Rising Sun to Perryville and mentions a fellow named John.

Back in the days when your "wireless plan" consisted of some one-cent Franklin postage stamps and a good supply of postcards.

The Boddy Forum at sure needs some Boddy discussion. Check it out.

Or take a look at the Boddy discussions on RootsWeb.