Monday, October 20, 2014

Map: The Hotel Reeves & Muskingum Lake District

New Philadelphia, Ohio
Food and Beverages
Site of Historic Schoenbrunn Village
Heart of Muskingum Lake District

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Legend of Sleepy Holllow

This is a Colorano Silk Maximum Card with the "Legend of  Sleepy Hollow" stamp that was issued on October 10, 1974. The stamp features a scene from Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" in which the infamous Headless Horseman pursues Ichabod Crane. The story was first published in 1820. Wikipedia has a summary here.

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

Friday, October 17, 2014

Mexican Pottery

I like postcards showing crafts and markets, and the postcard above fits both those categories. It shows the market at Tlacolula, Oaxaca, Mexico, described as "One of Mexico's most famous pottery markets."

The next postcard shows Doña Rosa (1900-1980) in Oaxaca, Mexico. She was famous for inventing a technique to make the local pottery type, barro negro, black and shiny after firing. You can watch her at work in a video here.

The next postcard is one of my favorites because it includes a woman photographing the scene with what appears to be a 1950s Brownie movie camera, similar to the one in the vintage Kodak commercial video at the end of this post. The location is somewhere south of the Rio Grande border between Texas and Mexico.

My last postcard shows a piñata shop, apparently just south of the border between Arizona and Mexico. Piñatas are decorated containers often made of papier-mâché, pottery, or cloth. They are filled with small toys or candy, or both, and then broken as part of a ceremony or celebration. I am including it to help us celebrate Sepia Saturday’s 250th Edition with a party!

Just think of all the things you could record with a Kodak movie camera--and it's such a bargain!

New York World's Fair: Children's World

One of the interesting sections of Children's World is the Country Fair, where there is a Dog Show which has a continuous performance of trained dogs, a Pet Show which has a bird circus, and a thrilling Irish jaunting cart ride. It is here that the boys and girls may ride on Mechanical Jumbo.

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, October 13, 2014

Map: Fred Harvey Hotels Mileage Chart

From the wheat fields of Kansas to the orange groves of California, the transcontinental highways which follow the popular "Santa Fe Route" traverse a region rich in scenic interest . . . New Mexico with its mesas and pueblos, its ancient cliff-dwellings and old Spanish missions; Arizona with its Grand Canyon, Painted Desert, Petrified Forest and its colorful Navajo and Hopi Indian Country . . . Along the way Fred Harvey Hotels provide convenient over-night stops and ideal headquarters for interesting journeys "off the beaten path."

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Belarus WWF Stamps

This postcard shows four series of four World Wildlife Fund (WWF) stamps from Belarus:
  • 1995  Beavers
  • 2000  European Lynx
  • 2005 Black Storks
  • 2010 Dragonflies 
The stork stamps in the lower right corner are an interesting se-tenant pair. The top stamp in the pair shows the adult stork's body, while the bottom stamp shows the adult stork's legs and the nestlings.

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

Friday, October 10, 2014

Wells Fargo Stagecoaches

The postcard above is from the Golden Gate International Exposition held in San Francisco in 1939-40. The stagecoach was loaned by Wells Fargo to the City of San Francisco for its official exhibit. The postcard below is one I bought this week when I visited the Wells Fargo History Museum in Minneapolis. (There are eleven Wells Fargo History Museums, mainly in western U. S. states). This postcard is die-cut and laminated and was sold with a Sharpie pen for writing on the slick surface.

Both of the postcards picture Concord stagecoaches originally made by the Abbot-Downing Company of Concord, New Hampshire.

Source: Sacramento County Historical Society

More images of Wells Fargo historic stagecoaches, from the past and in the present, can be seen in the Wells Fargo Stagecoach Gallery slideshow.

The following images are ones I photographed at the Minneapolis Wells Fargo History Museum.

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