Saturday, April 21, 2007

Iron Bitters


Iron Bitters

An old trade card, circa 1880, encouraging moms to keep their children healthy and strong by giving them Iron Bitters. Made by Brown Chemical Company in Baltimore, this medicine contained cocaine.


Touted for curing indigestion, dyspepsia, fevers, belching and loss of strength, a couple of swigs of the famous Iron Bitters was guaranteed to provide energy and add new life to the nerves.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Happy Easter to the Jenkins Family


Happy Easter to the Jenkins Family

Mrs. J.W. Downham of Viola Delaware mailed this old Easter postcard to Mary Jenkins of Woodside Delaware on April 4, 1908. Springtime, new life and the wonder of it all adorns this old beauty. Not much of a sentiment on the reverse though... Mrs Downham had invited Mary to "a special display of millinery in my parlor". Maybe that was the Victorian's version of a Tupperware Party. Do they still have Tupperware Parties?












Florence sent this Easter card from Dover Delaware to Mary Jenkins. The embossed card distorted the postmark, but it looks like it was sent in 1908 or 1909. Agnes is Mary's daughter.



Another old Easter card, this one sent to Glancy Jenkins on March 25, 1910. Glancy Jenkins would grow up and he and his wife, Elsie would take over operations at the Jenkins Store in Woodside.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Blue Coat Inn


Blue Coat Inn
Soon to be another nostalgic image of Dover, DE... the Blue Coat Inn. I liked the Blue Coat, it was a nice restaurant, most times. I have to add the disclaimer because this the very place that holds my personal record for the longest wait for a table, 2 hours and 30 minutes on February 14, 1996. Valentines Day, I know...I know, but a friend of mine had a coupon and he talked us into it. Anyway... We miss you Blue Coat Inn.

Here's an old postcard by A. Ken Pfister of Dover Delaware advises on the Reverse: Blue Coat Inn & "Sailing Eagle" Tavern on Silver Lake in historic Dover, Delaware. Once a private home, the inn today offers the publick a varied BILL OF FARE in Countri-style dining. Meetings and Parites also accomodated in distinctive lake-front rooms reflecting themes from Delaware's early history. Phone 674-1776.












Another postcard from A. Ken Pfister of Dover, this one featuring "The Independence Room" Blue Coat Inn on Silver Lake in historic Dover, Delaware. The painting depicts Colonel John Haslet's Delaware Regiment, whose uniform inspired the name Blue Coat Inn, marching from Dover Green to join General Washington's troops in the summer of 1776. Dining daily except Mondays.


Here's what it looks like now (May 16, 2007).