Monday, March 26, 2007

The Jenkins Store

Once, in Woodside Delaware, there was a general store known as the Jenkins Store. This little shack played a central role in the goings-on in Woodside, providing necessities and a gathering place for the locals until 1988. A classic American general store, the Jenkins Store now sits at the Delaware Agricultural Museum in Dover, Delaware... in a place called Loockerman Landing. You can see it in this article by delawarewoman.

The store opened in 1865* (when the name of the town was still Fredonia) and was first known as the Reed General Store after proprietors John and Jane Reed. Their daughter Mary Jane Reed and her husband Phillip Jenkins took over the store when the Reeds retired, and ran it until 1947. After that, son Glancy Jenkins and his wife Elsie operated the store. After Glancy died in 1967, Elsie operated the old place until it closed.

*According to Woodside, A Bicentennial Commemorative, published by the Town of Woodside in 1987, the store opened in 1865.

You can find a lot of old postcards to and from the Jenkins family on this blog.

Friday, March 16, 2007

USS Pennsylvania

Here's an old postcard, mailed free in 1944 from Bainbridge Maryland. The card has a U.S. Navy postmark and was mailed by A/S Herman G. Moore to his son, Hiram Moore, in Felton Delaware. Mr. Moore told his son that he was sorry that he had missed his birthday and asked him to be a good little man.

The wartime postcard features the big guns of the Flagship Pennsylvania.

The U.S. Navy Training Center at Bainbridge was established in 1942 to train Navy recruits during World War II. To learn more about the center, visit the USNTC Bainbridge Association.

Monday, March 12, 2007

St. Patrick's Day from Ellen H. Clapsaddle

Ellen Clapsaddle was a wonderful artist, and is a postcard art legend. Her work was first noticed in 1900 and by 1906 she was illustrating for the Wolf Company in New York. One of the very few women illustrators of her time, she soon became the sole illustrator and designer for Wolf. Most postcards of the day were printed in Germany (as were these) and Ellen found herself in Germany for business in 1914 at the outset of WWI. She was trapped there, a displaced person unable to return to America. After six months, one of the Wolf brothers made his way to Germany and found her wondering the streets penniless and mad. She and the Wolf company lost all of their money, and Ellen lost her mind at the peak of her career. She died in 1934, desolate, broke, and forgotten.

We love you Ellen Hattie Clapsaddle (1865 - 1934).

This old St. Patrick's Day postcard dates from around 1907 and features the art of Ellen Clapsaddle. The card was addressed to Miss Irene Hendrickson of Washington DC and it was signed "Mother". The Irish character wishes us "The Top of the Morning to You".

The card here was mailed on March 16, 1908 by Hattie in Wilkesbarre PA, and sent to Maw McAnall in Berwick PA. "From the Auld Sod" (Ireland).