Friday, November 21, 2014

Photo Greetings from the 1950s

This is a real photo greetings postcard from 1952. It is quite unusual because private photo greetings postcards were rarely used at that time. Photo greeting cards were common, but they normally were the kind made to be sent in an envelope and had a photo printed on a white background with standard holiday greetings printed in the white space (see below for an example from flickr.)

My postcard was mailed in December 1952, just a few weeks after the baby was born. It served both as Holiday Greetings and a Birth Announcement. The back has a handwritten message giving all the family's names and the baby's birth date. The first and last names are common, but the unusual middle name of the baby enabled me to find all three children's names listed together in an online obituary for the father.

Below is an example from flickr of the common type of photo greeting cards.

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GGIE: Levi Strauss Overalls

A 100% mechanical rodeo. It talks. Its figures are all hand-carved likenesses of famous rodeo people. and they're all dressed in authentic Western togs . . . miniature replicas of garments made in California since 1853 by Levi Strauss & company. Don't miss it . . . the hit of the Golden Gate International Exposition . . . located in Vacationland.

Look for more World's Fair Postcards on the Postcardy Blog on Fridays.

To view past World's Fair posts, click here or on the exposition label.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Map: Pennsylvania Turnpike

Throughout the entire length of the Turnpike gasoline service stations and restaurants are located on both sides of the roadway at staggered points. The stations provided by the Standard Oil Co. of Penna. are unique and de luxe. They are built along early Pennsylvania architectural lines. The adjoining attractive restaurants are operated by the famous Howard Johnson.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

American Painting -- William M. Harnett

The ninth stamp in the annually issued American Painting Series was placed on sale at Boston, Massachusetts, on December 3, 1969. The stamp depicted the painting "Old Models" by William M. Harnett which is held in the collection of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. This painting is painted in the trompe l'oeil style. Trompe-l'œil (French for "deceive the eye") is an art technique that uses realistic imagery to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects exist in three dimensions.

"Old Models" features typical subject matter painted by Harnett. He owned a collection of musical instruments and often used them as props. This painting was painted shortly before Harnett died in 1892 and  is considered one of his best compositions.

The violin was also depicted in Harnett's 1886 painting, "The Old Violin," featured in the video below. (Note: that painting also includes a stamped envelope. Video best viewed in full screen mode.)

This is a post for Sunday Stamps at Viridian's Postcard Blog

Friday, November 14, 2014

An All-embracing Hug

I was attracted to this postcard by the the unusual pose, and how the subjects all looked like they were having fun hugging each other and posing for the camera. There is no information on the back, so I have no idea about the who or where. I think that they probably were all members of the same family. The two girls on the left look a lot like each other and the woman (mother?) behind them.

It looks like the subjects gave a good deal of thought about where to place their arms and hands, which resulted in their being linked forever in this photo.

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New York World's Fair: Naranjilla Products

Compliments of 
Ecuadorian Pavilion, World's Fair, N. Y.

Naranjilla Fruit Juice is a natural fruit juice extracted from Naranjilla, a fruit which grows at an altitude of 6000 feet in the tropical Andes and under the equatorial sun.

Look for more World's Fair Postcards on the Postcardy Blog on Fridays.

To view past World's Fair posts, click here or on the exposition label.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Map: Greetings from Long Island

Scenic roads, winding lanes, picturesque harbors, and beautiful beaches, make Long Island truly "Naturee's Playground." Surrounded by water and with 120 miles of frontage on the Atlantic Ocean, Long Island's shore line is practically one continuous bathing beach.
Henry Hudson, English captain of the Dutch ship, "Half Moon," made history when he landed on Long Island in 1609. The first deeds for Long Island land were bought from the Indians in 1636.