Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Pvt. Wilton Virdin, to Magnolia Delaware

Pvt. Wilton Virdin, to Magnolia Delaware

A great old wartime print of men lining up for chow at the reception center at Fort Dix, NJ. I wonder how many of them are still around today? Private Wilton Virdin mailed this to the folks back home in Magnolia Delaware on February 8, 1943. He sent this card to Mr. Russell Virdin, but I have other Virdin Cards in the collection, including Nettie, Medford and Virginia Virdin of Frederica DE.

Click on the photo for a larger view. You can fill your screen with this photo if you want to see the smiles on them faces.

See another old Virdin (Virden) card posted back in June 06, Right Here!

Monday, February 19, 2007

Big Run PA

Mailed to Mr. Herbert Slichter of Mohnton PA from Big Run back in June of 1908, this old postcard features a nice view from the hills behind the town. This postcard is a bit ragged, but such a nice scene from nearly a century ago. Not much traffic in Big Run, you'll notice.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

The Chicago Worlds Fair of 1893

The World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 introduced picture postcards to the American public. Here is a postcard from that Expo... a genuine pioneer era postcard. The Expo showcased the power of the coming (20th) century, electricity, and the Fair also introduced carbonated beverages and hamburgers. A young Scott Joplin worked there, honing his Ragtime skills.

A wildly successful Expo, in my opinion.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Is it love

Four old postcards featuring perspectives on love from about a century ago. Is that a Pittsburgh Pirates Uniform worn by the young lady in the card on the upper left? In May of 1910, that old card was sent by Jack Dixon to Mr. Sheldon Fairchild, 415 Market Street in Wilmington Delaware.

The Johnny on the Spot card was sent to Miss Marian Shakspeare in Marshallton Delaware back in May of 1908.

And in April of 1907, the Holding My Own card was sent to Mr. S.E. Rodgers in Hestle Alabama.

The old postcard featuring an angry lady slapping her husband is unmailed but most likely from around 1910.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Would You Be My Valentine?

Valentines Day

The card on the upper left was sent to Mrs Mary Nelson on Madison Street in Wilmington, Delaware nearly a century ago. The card next to it was sent to Miss Ethel Reynolds of Lumberton New Jersey on February 14, 1907.

Happy Valentines Day!

Would You Be My Valentine?

Happy Valentines Day to one and all.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Happy Birthday President Lincoln

Happy Birthday President Abraham Lincoln.

click on this photo to see a good lithographic print of President Lincoln

Saturday, February 10, 2007

East Earl Township PA ... Class of 1911

Here is a Class Souvenir from a school in East Earl Township in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. These old things were kind of like yearbooks without the pictures, or the signatures. Memories made and meant for safe keeping, and now here it is after nearly 100 years have passed.

The teacher was Sallie V. Bowman and the Directors were Roland Good, David Wenger, John J. High, Clayton Bair, Barton Sauder and Frank Wise.

The list of students for October 1910 through March 1911 include:

Lizzie Weaver, Esther Weaver, Bessie Keiffer, Ada Horst, Bertha Weaver, Francis Martin, Lizzie Sauder, Lizzie Leinbach, Rebecca Horst, Anna Z. Martin, Alice Taylor, Clara Ziemer, Anna M. Martin, Marion Kieffer, Anna Sauder, Susan Gehman, Luella Horst, Moses Martin, Erbie Sauder, Horace Weaver, Eli Zimmerman, Eli Gehman, Adam Crills, Lloyd Sprecher, Raymond Shirk, William Horst, and Horace Ziemer.

Anna and Elizabeth (Lizzie) were certainly popular names of the Day, and just look at how many Weavers and Horsts there were in that small class. Some of the younger pupils may still be alive today ...and I'll bet they still have this little Souvenir booklet from 1911 ... memories made and meant for safe keeping.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Downtown Pittsburgh ... 1905

Here is an old view of downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, featuring the Farmer's Bank Building. You can see the trolley cars and the bustle on the street below. There is a large sign painted on the side of a building advertising Eisner and Phillips Outfitters where you could order a suit for just $15.00 cash money.

This is an old, real photo post card, as we collectors call them. It was mailed from Pittsburgh on September 21, 1905 and sent to Miss Leak Blankley of Philadelphia. The post office didn't allow anything but the address on the reverse of any post card sent during this era... so folks usually penned a short note on the front, as did Harry on this occasion. I can't find any human name of "Leak" so this card may have been sent to Leah Blankley.

I'm always amazed that a fragile little piece of paper, with it's little message, survived so many years. And I wonder how many more it will endure. I will have it a little while and then it will continue its journey, I hope.

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