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.



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


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

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

  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!

  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