Thursday, December 1, 2016
Any Preston Sturges fans out there? Remember Christmas In July? Anyway, Christmas In July, written and directed by Preston Sturges is about this poor sap who is always entering contests, hoping to win enough money so he can marry his girl. After he enters a slogan contest for a coffee company, his fellow employees, who think he's kind of a dolt, send him a telegram telling him he's won the grand prize. The poor guy proposes, get's a promotion at work, and then goes out and buys presents for everyone, including those who sent the phony telegram. Eventually, the truth comes out and he has to live with the consequences of his generosity, some good, some bad.
This photo is dated, "Jun 72."
P.S., is that Dick Van Patten sneaking in on the left?
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Who out there is old enough to remember when radios had to warm up? There was a time when radios, record players, televisions, and early tape recorders ran on tubes, turn them on, and until the tubes actually got warm, there was this low level hum that came out of the speakers. I sometimes think I might have been born in the wrong time. I like old technology.
Printed "Week of July 7, 1952"
Sunday, November 27, 2016
I admit it. It's easy for me to complain about boring baby pictures, which doesn't mean these photos don't have a certain interest. If I'm right, if this album is from World War 2, then these boring babies are the kids that some soldier wanted to live for.
And, of course, click on The Green Album in labels to see more.
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Starting with this page, there will be a lot of baby pictures. Oh well, I wanted the beach and small town stuff, so I've got to live with the boring babies.
Click on The Green Album in labels to see the rest.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Alright, as far as the whole photo based cards go here and illustrated cards go the Fair Use blog...well, not 100% sure on this one, but my best guess is that this one started life as a photo, so for better or worse, it's The New Found Photography for this Soul Kiss
Anyway, the postmark on this card has been smudged so I don't know when it was mailed, but most of the cards from this collection have been around 1910 to 1911, so that seems like a good timeline.
The message on the back, "this is your Martin and on the other side sunday it raining and I am so long Maude if you only new you would come and see me M.L.J." And yes, the small T, S, the spelling of knew as new, and the odd wording are how it's written. And the addressee, "Mrs. Maude Tracy, Augusta, Maine, R.F.D. no. 3." So, is Maude Tracy and the Maud Billings of earlier cards the same person? If so, she's quite the coquette. All the guys seem to long for her.
As usual, click on Flirtation in labels to see more cards from this collection.
Monday, November 21, 2016
Well, it looks like a hand tinted photograph to me.
I've got a number of this style card from The Taylor Art Company, and it seems to me that they send really mixed signals. On one hand, they have a romantic feel to them, but on the other they seem like a confession of cheating.
Written on the back, "April 19, 1909. from your old sweet heart with love. A.R. Jr." Addressed to "Miss Maud M. Billings, No 1 Cleveland St., Hamilton, Maine." And finally, the postmark, "BANGOR ME. APR 19 11:30 PM '09."
First of all, why would anyone think that the time on a postmark was important? Was there a special postal worker whose job was to go around and change the time on all the stamps? And secondly, this Maud lady shows up on a lot of these cards. She must have been quite popular.
As usual, click on Flirtation in labels and all that.
Sunday, November 20, 2016
This is the collection that never ends. I've been doling it out since 2013, and I've still got plenty of these cards to go. To recap, I bought an envelope of postcards from a dealer who called it the flirtation collection. (Click on flirtation in labels to see other cards from the envelope.) Those cards that are either photographs or are based on photos get posted here. There are a few cards that look like illustration, so those end up on my Fair Use blog. I'm not going to go into the history of the publisher, Theodor Eismann, but, info on Theo can be found on other posts.
This card was used. The message, "Dear Etta, I have intended to write you a letter but I have been so busy I couldn't find time to write to any body. How is everything at Kingfield. Write when you can. Love Edna. Hebron Academy, Hebron Maine." Mailed to "Mrs. Anis Vose, Kingfield, Maine." And no, I have no idea how Anis became Etta. And, the postmark, "HEBRON ME., JAN 5 9 AM, 1912." No indication whether Edna was a student or teacher at the Hebron Academy.
Now, about Hebron Academy. I confess, when I Googled the school, I didn't expect much, but was surprised by what I found. Hebron, both the town and the school, were founded by revolutionary war veterans who were granted land in recompense for their military service. At the time, Maine was still an unincorporated territory of Massachusetts. The Hebron Academy admits students from the sixth through twelfth grade, and is one of the oldest private schools in the United States. It was chartered in 1804 and opened to students in 1805. It's a coed boarding school that also accepts local day students. It has accepted both girls and boys since it opened. During the nineteenth century students ranged in age from ten to the thirties. Today, enrollment is capped at 300 students. Fifty percent of students are from other countries. Forty percent are from China. Some of the graduates have included Leon Leonwood Bean. Yes, that L.L. Bean. Hannibal Hamlin, Abraham Lincoln's first Vice President. And finally, in a category all his own, George Lincoln Rockwell, founder of the American Nazi Party. .