Friday, May 29, 2015

PPIE: Get Your Congressman to Vote

In 1910, San Francisco competed with New Orleans for the chance to host the 1915 exposition celebrating the completion of the Panama Canal. The San Francisco organization promoting the exposition included a “Postcard Committee” that organized a “postcard week.” Tens of thousands of these official postcards were given to local residents to mail to friends around the country.

On the left side of the postcard, the imagery includes an allegorical female figure with a bear crouching at her feet, California’s state flag, and examples of California’s agricultural bounty. On the right side, there is a  workman with his tools and  a U.S. flag. In the background, a ship is passing through the Golden Gate, the channel between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. (source)

postmarked 1910, mailed from California to Minnesota

in San Francisco
In New York and San Francisco
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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Old-Fashioned Kitchens

My first postcard contrasts the old-fashioned Colonial era kitchen to the new style available in the early twentieth century. It's statement that "Woman today can be good cooks without spending as much time and energy in the kitchen as their grandmothers did" is still true a century later.

The next postcard shows the early twentieth century "modern" style kitchen with up-to-date conveniences and "a place for everything"

A free-standing kitchen cabinet was the latest in conveniences in 1911, but was hopelessly outdated by the 1950s.The next postcard is from 1954. By then, cabinets were built in. Iceboxes had been replaced by electric refrigerators, and wood-burning stoves had been replaced by gas and electric ranges. That's a lot of change in only about 40 years. The 1950s kitchen still looks fairly modern to me, but many people now would consider it very old-fashioned.

Today's new kitchens are different in style, but in many ways seem less "modern" than the 1960s kitchen shown in the video below. I wonder if and when computerized and interactive appliances will really become popular. I certainly don't want my refrigerator to order my groceries!

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Erie Limited Near Port Jervis, N. Y.

One charming vista after another greets the eye of the traveler on the Erie between New York and Chicago over the scenic route of the East.

This postcard was used for Season's Greetings and has a 1943 Christmas seal on the back.

the transportation label
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Monday, May 25, 2015

Map: Idyllic Spreewald

received via Postcrossing in 2015

The Spreewald  is situated about 100 km south-east of Berlin. It was designated a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 1991. It is known for its traditional irrigation system which consists of more than 200 small canals (called "Fließe"; total length: 1,300 km ) within the 484-square-kilometre (187 sq mi) area. The landscape was shaped during the ice-age. Alder forests on wetlands and pine forests on sandy dry areas are characteristic for the region. Grasslands and fields can be found as well. (source: Wikipedia)

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Ricketts Restaurant -- Chicago

"that popular restaurant"
103 East Chicago Avenue
Near Michigan Blvd. 
Recommended by Duncan Hines
Food Authorities

Smorgasbord Sundays (SS) 

Friday, May 22, 2015

New York World's Fair: Standard Brands Building

The flags shown on the face of this card represent only a few of the 118 countries where Standard Brands quality products are sold.


In New York and San Francisco
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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Dance Marathon

I identified this photo postcard as a dance marathon on the basis of the sign in the upper left corner "THEY HAVE BEEN GOING 479 HOURS." That's nearly 20 days! has an excellent article Dance Marathons of the 1920s and 1930s.
Dance Marathons (also called Walkathons), an American phenomenon of the 1920s and 1930s, were human endurance contests in which couples danced almost non-stop for hundreds of hours (as long as a month or two), competing for prize money. Dance marathons originated as part of an early-1920s, giddy, jazz-age fad for human endurance competitions such as flagpole sitting and six-day bicycle races. Dance marathons persisted throughout the 1930s as partially staged performance events, mirroring the marathon of desperation Americans endured during the Great Depression. In these dance endurance contests, a mix of local hopefuls and seasoned professional marathoners danced, walked, shuffled, sprinted, and sometimes cracked under the pressure and exhaustion of round-the-clock motion.
The blog Blondie Cuts a Rug has another informative article with the same title, and many photos from dance marathons.

I don't know when or where the dance marathon on my postcard occurred. The names Rustic Inn, Eddie, and Cloris could be clues. A couple of Eddies are listed on the Dance Marathons page of Dance history Archives, but Eddie is a common name. Rustic Inn is also a fairly common name that is still in use at a variety of places.  I found the postcard in Minnesota, so Minnesota is a possibility. I checked a page about Minnesota marathon dances. There are some interesting photos there, but nothing like this.

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