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.