Monday, June 10, 2013

Lost and Found – Part 4

My precious little pile of antique postcards was missing for several years. I had looked in every conceivable place (I thought), and finally decided they must have been inside some book or box I’d given away. It was very sad.

So I was overjoyed to discover them in an unlabeled envelope that was in a plastic photo organizer that was in a box of collage materials that was in a drawer.
 
[be sure to click on images to see these beauties in more detail!]

There are Christmas cards:
 

So much detail for such tiny pieces of paper:

 
And more Christmas cards:
 
Birds were a popular subject for all occasions, as were pansies, lovely ladies, and playful animals.
 

Musical instruments made an occasional appearance as well.
 
Many postcards had a tiny landscape included among the other images.
 
 

Most of these were actually mailed, and have illegible postmarks on their one-cent stamps. The messages are necessarily brief, and always make me wonder about the things that were left unwritten.

On a greeting sent to Miss Amy Beaumont in Portal, North Dakota, Nov. 1910:

·        Hello There – I am healing good. It is cold enough. Jo Sherman home. I have not been up that way all summer. I suppose everything is at the same. From a Friend, Albert Petersen


On a Christmas card to Miss Mabel Buchholtz in Bloomington, Illinois, Dec 21, 1921:

·        Merry Xmas and Happy New Year, From Miss Eva Tansley, Melvin Ill. (Write Soon!)

 
On a greeting sent to Miss Clara Vaughn of Helena, Montana, Jul 14, 1911:

·        Dear Clara, We rec’d a “Star” containing your speech and gave you credit for sending it. We are proud of your success. The babies are having measles, Miriam just over it and Oakley D just taking it. Where will you teach this fall? – Edith Lutes

 
Other cards must have been simply handed to the recipient, because there is no address or stamp. Simple messages are written in pencil:

·        From Grandma Robbing to Esther – Jan 1, 1912
 ·        To Carl from Mayme on his 26th birthday 1914. Wish you a Happy Birthday.

 
I just have two of these beautifully colored French postcards.

 

Finally, the star of the collection – a nine-page foldout souvenir postcard set from Cuba.



The front (above) and back (below) covers of the postcard booklet. The postage stamp was removed at some point – no doubt extremely collectible in itself.




The sender dated her luncheon at the Country Club of Havana to Jan. 31, 1926, so I can date the postcards to the 1920s or earlier.

 
There are actually 18 images, since each card has pictures on both sides.

I treasure this view into the old Cuba that was “The Summerland of the World” according to the little blurb in the booklet; and where “gem-like Havana” could be reached via “a delightful sea-voyage of 5 ½ hours from Key West.”

 
So here I have provided actual, tangible proof that there is some benefit to cleaning your room once in a while. You might find something that you thought was lost forever.

 
Katrina

 

P.s. The postcards are now in a labeled box on a shelf. I’m not putting myself through that again.

4 comments:

  1. I have enjoyed looking at all of your lost and found posts.Such lovely treasures so thank you for sharing!

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  2. Love all your lost and found posts.
    Wonderful to appreciate these little treasures from the past.

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  3. I can only imagine how magical and ethereal your home must be - you have such treasures and I'm so pleased you share them here for us to enjoy Katrina!

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  4. I enjoyed this post about the cards. I found a scrapbook with many cards from the 20 and 30's. I try to locate family who may be interested in seeing grandma's handwriting

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