Archive for August, 2010

Sometimes I find the most unexpected content on a Victorian trade card.  In this case, I found comedy on the back of one advertising E.E. Whitne Boots & Shoes.  Although the front is quite funny (a boy hanging onto his dog’s tail for dear life), the back’s glued on newspaper clipping will leave you groaning. 

A Sunday School Assignment’s Funny Results 


Victorian trade card advertising E.E. Whitne Boots & Shoes of Hillsdale, MI

Here is what I found on the back: 

A Sunday school teacher who was accustomed to giving her scholars a verse to learn each week varied her usage on Sunday by allotting to each of her scholars three names to commit to memory.  One little five-year-old boy, who had for his lesson the names, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego,” scratched his head, threw up his eyes, and timidly replied, “Shake the bed, Make the bed, To bed we go.” 

Out of the mouths of babes… 


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I came across an unusual (for me) old vintage postcard of a dressed grasshopper being kicked by a lady’s legs.  It wasn’t the unusual  image of the grasshopper that caught my eye, but the adornment on the lady’s legs. 

It looks like the lady is wearing embroidered stockings.  I did some research on Victorian clothing and found out embroidery on lady’s stockings wasn’t unusual.  I am wondering how the stockings stood up against wear and tear.  Did they run just as easily as today’s nylons?  Shame if they did as this piece of Victorian clothing is really quite beautiful. 

Funny how it is sometimes the small detail on a postcard that catches a collector’s eye. 

1911 Vintage Postcard Copyrighted by L.H.

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Vintage Postcard of Union Station, St. Joseph, MO published by St. Joseph Calendar and Novelty Co.

I’ve always found it fascinating to find out what famous person visited or slept at a place I’ve visited; kind of a twice removed celebrity status type thing.  In this case, the place is Missouri.  I was driving a brand new K car my Dad bought there for Mom, back to Wisconsin.  I’d just gotten my driver’s license, so it was a big deal for me.   Mom followed in the old car.

Union Station, St. Joseph, MO

The pictured old vintage postcard is of the Union Station in St. Joseph, MO.  The first railroad station (depot) there was built-in 1882, which boasted a hotel on the 2nd floor and horse-drawn taxis (courtesy of the hotel) in front.  It was considered a local attraction.  Sadly, the first railroad union station burned in 1895.

Who Slept Here?

The second depot, built-in 1896, was just as grand.  It boasted a dining room, a barbershop and a shoe shine parlor within it’s high arched ceilings, but no hotel.

Where did visiting celebrities and politicians sleep?  I don’t know about Buffalo Bill Cody (who visited once), but former heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis slept in a private car there.

Presidential Trivia

Presidents William Howard Taft, Dwight Eisenhower and Woodrow Wilson also visited the second St. Joseph, MO railroad station.  President Woodrow Wilson’s visited in 1919, a couple months before suffering a stroke that made him an invalid for the rest of his life.

The second Union Station in St. Joseph, MO was demolished in 1960, victim of the increasing popularity of automobile travel.

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Ah Santa Claus, I have 8 reasons to pick a bone with you.  They are:  Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, and Rudolf.  OK, 9.  All of your reindeer are feeling a bit neglected.  Why you ask?  I’ll tell you five reasons why.

5 Reasons Santa Claus’ Reindeer Feel Neglected

  1. Postcard_Santa_Claus_Dogsleds

    Dog Sledding Santa Claus Postcard, Pink of Perfection series no. 4892 (I have 2 in this series.)

  2. series 555 (I have all 6!)

  3. Published by Meissner and Buch no. 15925 (One of my favorite)

  4. 1914 Tuck, series 549 (I just acquired my 9th in this series.)

  5. 1906 Tuck Oilette no. 8412 (notice the Golliwog)

Santa Claus, do dogs have a nose that can shine thru blizzards?  No.  Can polar bears fly?  No.  They’re too heavy.  Did you stop to think that the reindeer might like a ride on a train too?  After all, even Zorro’s horse got to ride on one (The Legend of Zorro with Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones).  Hot Air Balloons?  Bad idea Santa.  It will take a month of Christmas Eves to deliver all those toys in one of them.  Reindeer are faster.  As for the sled, what are you going to do once you get to the bottom of the hill?  Take my advice – stick with the reindeer.

(All of the above old vintage postcards are from my personal collection.  I hope you enjoyed their images.  You can find other great Santa Claus postcards in my store, Remember When Vintage Postcards.)

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1916 St. Patrick's Day Postcard published by B.B. London

Some say the “Luck of the Irish” phrase’s origins was as an ethnic slur that started in the US when the Irish immigrated.  When the Irish arrived, they were hated and persecuted; for their nationality and their religion (Catholicism).  People who believe in this version of the phrase’s origin, believe the sarcastic phrase implied the Irish had no luck at all, or that any Irish successful man or woman had to be lucky rather than smart, hardworking, or talented.

More great St. Patricks Day old vintage postcards can be found in my store, Remember When Vintage Postcards.

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1937 RPPC of Gooseberry Falls State Park Building

“Hi Ray
How do you feel. We’re on our way to Lutsen & up I guess. Love,”    

When I first read this postcard message, I jumped to the wrong conclusion that the sender was on his or her way to ski.  Lutsen, MN is known for some of the best skiing in MN, along with breath-taking views of Lake Superior.   My conclusion was only natural then as I’d been living with horrendous humidity for almost a week.  I was grasping at anything, including thinking about snow, in order to cool down.  Well, ha ha.  The joke’s on me.  When it came time to write this post, I realized the postmark of August 16th, 1937 meant no snow yet in Lutsen.  Rats.  Guess I’ll have to find another way to cool down.  Think the below postcard will help?

Skiing Postcard for sale in my web store.

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The Minnesota State Fair is fast approaching.  It starts August 26th and goes to Labor Day.  I never miss the postcard exhibits in the Creative Arts Building.  I can always find antique and vintage postcards I’ve LOVE to include in my personal collection; especially the real photo ones.  I always wonder where they find these scarce postcards.  I also visit:

the rabbits (the little ones are sooo cute and soft),

1908 M. Stocks Rabbit Postcard

horse barns (I’m going to try and see the miniature horses this year),

H. Payne Oilette Horse Postcard

flower competitions in the 4-H building (especially the MN State Florist Association displays which usually has a toy train running thru it)

Tuck Asiatic Lily PostcardArt Deco Easter Postcard, White Roses

the miracle of birth center (baby animals are soooo darling), butter carvings of the Milky Way Princesses, and of course the milk booth (all you can drink for a buck).  Ooooh, almost forgot.  My diet can wait; gotta have my Tom Thumb donuts.  Yum Yum.

See you there!

** Here’s a link to an article about Iowa State Fair postcards, by postcardy (a member of my blogroll).

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