Thursday, December 6, 2018
I've seen horse races on television and once, live. I've never seen a dog race, and it doesn't look like I ever will. In the last election Florida voted to ban the sport, and since 11 of the 17 dog racing tracks in the United States were in Florida, I suspect it's a dying sport. I wonder what will happen to the greyhounds?
The message on the back, "The The weather is fine 78 to-day. We will bring some sun shine home. The nites are a little cool. Saw Mrs. Olson Monday on our way down. She is failing, but her mind is good. She asked about every body. Harry & Edna." Addressed to, "Mr. & Mrs. Ernest Matson, Washington St, Ligonier, Pa 15658." I'm always amazed that there was a time when someone could just write a street without a house number, and still have it delivered. I wonder if the post office still does that? Oh, and the postmark is dated "2 MAR 1973." And yes, there are two the's at the beginning of the message.
Ligonier is a fairly small borough in Pennsylvania, home to Fort Ligonier, or at least a reconstruction from the French and Indian War, and it's also close to Idyllwild, one of the oldest amusement parks in the country. I can remember a single trip I made there as a child, about fifty years ago.
Monday, December 3, 2018
Minus the exclamation point, that's what is written on the back. I'm throwing this one out, and I'm more than willing to admit that I'm wrong, but look at the large hands and short neck. I think the woman in this picture is actually a man.
Thursday, November 29, 2018
I think those are American uniforms and I think they're from the World War 1 era. If I were guessing, I'd say that the men in uniform are visiting college classmates. No real reason to think that, it's just a gut feeling.
Friday, November 23, 2018
I've ranted about this before, and at the risk of repeating myself too much, I hate it when antique dealers cut up photo albums and sell off the pictures individually.
The permanent party man in this photo is wearing the shoulder patch of the United States Army Air Force, organized in 1941 and disbanded in 1947 when it became part of the newly formed separate Air Force. I may be wrong, of course, nevertheless, the background has a European feel to it, so I'm guessing that this image is from World War 2, and was taken at an American air base somewhere in Great Britain. As far as I know, all pilots, co-pilots, and navigators were officers. Our Sargent could be ground crew, or perhaps a gunner or bombardier. I can only imagine how fascinating an album depicting life on a World War 2 army air base would have been. Sadly, we won't know from this album.
The photo that was on the opposite side of this page fragment is gone, but the caption is still there. "PEANUT RACE-LOOSER TAKES THE THREE BIGEST NOSES. Well there's one thing we can know. Who ever assembled this album wasn't a great speller.
Thursday, November 22, 2018
I don't have anything Thanksgiving themed in my collection, but I do have this lady standing outside the Gobbler Bar, Gift & Gourmet Shop. Why am I thinking turkey jerky and cheese logs? Stamped on the back, "PIXIE SNAP JULY 1951"
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
At least that's what it says on the back of the card. I was born in Pennsylvania, and for much of my early life, Hugh Scott, Jr. was my senator. He was born in 1900, not in Pennsylvania, but Virginia. After getting his law degree, he moved to Philadelphia, in 1922, and joined his uncle's law firm. After World War 2, he entered politics. After serving in the house of representatives, in 1959, he was elected to the U.S. senate. He became minority leader of the senate in 1969. He was one of the Republican senators who told Richard Nixon that it was time to go. He was what was once known as a Rockefeller Republican, pro business, but liberal on social issues. Despite his southern background, Scott was a supporter of civil rights and voted for all of the major civil rights legislation that came before congress during his tenure.
Also on the back of the card, "Dear Friend: U.S. Senator Hugh Scott has seniority and experience that work for us in Washington.
He fights for what is right, as in the Bobby Baker investigation and in the many bills he has cosponsored which are now law. Both labor and industry have praised Hugh Scott for helping to create jobs for Pennsylvania.
Don't trade his record for a promise.
Please remember to vote for your U.S. Senator Hugh Scott, on Tuesday, November 3.