Monday, September 15, 2014

Map: Bahama Islands

This map gives the tourists to the Bahamas a comprehensive idea of the hundreds of small islands that make up the Bahama group. The New Providence Island while not the largest, is the most populated and visited by thousands yearly, because of quaint, beautiful Nassau.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Early Postal Motor Vehicles

This stamp shows one of the first official gasoline-powered vehicle used by the United States Post Office Department for the collection of mail from street letterboxes. The stamp is one of four 25-cent Classic Mail Transportation commemorative stamps issued November 19, 1989. All four stamps were shown on a previous post on maximum cards issued by the USPS here.

This Maximum card is ©1989 The Maximum Card Collection, A Division of Unicover Corporation. Another early postal vehicle, a mail wagon of the 1920s, is shown on the maximum card.

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

Friday, September 12, 2014

GGIE: Railway Express Agency

An outstanding example of the use of fluorescent paint and black light in depicting a "Century of Service" in vacationland at the Golden Gate International Exposition.

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.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Prohibition in the United States and Canada

Prohibition in the United States was a nationwide Constitutional ban on the sale, production, importation, and transportation of alcoholic beverages that remained in place from 1920 to 1933. It was promoted by "dry" crusaders movement, led by rural Protestants and social Progressives in the Democratic and Republican parties, and was coordinated by the Anti-Saloon League. Prohibition was mandated under the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution … Nationwide Prohibition ended with the ratification of the Twenty-first Amendment, which repealed the Eighteenth Amendment, on December 5, 1933. (Source: Wikipedia)

The next two postcards offer a humorous view of the prohibition era in the United States.

The next two postcards are from the time (circa 1929-1930) when prohibition was still in effect throughout the United States, but had ended in most Canadian provinces.

Prohibition in Canada was not as long-lasting or widespread as it was in the U. S. National prohibition was part of the War Measures Act in 1918. After the war, alcohol regulations were primarily a provincial responsibility. The provinces repealed their prohibition laws at different times, mostly during the 1920s. The table below shows the dates that prohibition was in effect in the different provinces of Canada. (Source: Wikipedia)

Note: The Sepia Saturday prompt image this week is a photograph taken in Alberta 1916--the same year that prohibition was enacted in Alberta.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Friday, September 5, 2014

St. Louis Zoo Chimpanzee Show

This postcard is probably the first postcard that I ever saved. I received it before I started my first postcard collection and wasn't concerned with keeping it in nice condition. It has two big nail holes because I used it to decorate the wall of a neighborhood scrap lumber "fort" that I played in one summer. The card was sent to me by my Aunt Genevieve and my cousin Patty in 1955.

My Aunt Genevieve was my mother's sister. They also had an Aunt Genevieve, the Aunt Gen referred to in the postcard message. My mother's family was originally from St. Louis, and most of their relatives still lived there. My Aunt Genevieve took her children to visit St. Louis the summer before they turned five, and were still young enough for free train travel. Patty was my oldest cousin.

The year (1958) that my youngest cousin was taken to St. Louis, I accompanied them. One of the things we did there was visit the zoo and watch the Chimpanzee Show (also known as the Monkey Show). By that time, I had started my first postcard collection, so I bought a bunch of postcards at the zoo, including the next one of the chimps in the show.

I have a couple of other postcards of the chimpanzees in the show that I bought for my collection many years later. The one of the chimps performing on the piano was mailed in 1943. The one of the chimps in the car is from the early 1950s.

The St. Louis Zoo Chimpanzee show was a popular attraction for many years. The chimpanzees were dressed in cute costumes and performed a variety of stunts, including riding ponies and bicycles. The show was phased out in 1982, after zoological attitudes shifted toward displaying animals in more naturalistic habitats. Now the emphasis is on conservation, education, and research.

The first video below is rather long, but is entertaining. It is an Animal Kingdom TV show from 1963. The second video is an "educational" documentary movie from 1951.

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New York World's Fair: Chase & Sanborn

The Standard Brands Marionette Show is one of the outstanding features of The New York World's Fair. The cast is made up of Marionettes of Edgar Bergen, Charlie McCarthy, Rudy Vallee, Don
Ameche and Dorothy Lamour., supported with a girls chorus, circus performers. animals and others. All of the Puppets were made by the world famous puppeteer, Miss Sue Hastings.

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