I was sooo excited to buy several Halloween postcards for listing in my web store at the recent 2011 Land Of Lakes Postcard and Paper Show. One was of a witch sitting on a moon with a white owl. Such a striking image. I was curious what an owl’s connection was to Halloween. I found a blog post entitled Birdlife: Spooky Myths About Owls that explained the connection. I thought you might find it interesting.
October 1911 Halloween Postcard of Witch on Crescent Moon With White Owl
Be sure to stop back on August 8th for the next installment of “Then and Now” Postcards. It was a sad ending for the featured building.
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Late 18th century/early 19th century patent medicines, particularly the old English remedies, owed their popularity to the following fact. The multitude of ingredients inside might have varied (unbeknownst to the customer), but the bottle shape did not. A patent medicine’s proprietor believed this distinctiveness leant genuineness to their remedy.
Victorian trade card, bottle of Ayers Cherry Pectoral
Distinctive packaging may have made patent medicines easily recognizable to even the most illiterate, but it also made them vulnerable to counterfeiters. Naïve proprietors eventually got smart and began to vary their packaging using differing bottle heights, mouth widths, and bottle inscriptions in order to deter counterfeiters. This may also explain why many of today’s products, not just over the counter medicines, change their packaging from time to time. Why chance loosing sales to an unscrupulous competitor?
close up of bottle on back of Victorian trade card advertising Ayers Ague Cure (notice the similarity in bottle shapes)
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I just had to laugh recently as I took a trip down memory lane. I ran across a MSN Money article, http://tinyurl.com/3jhwauv , about a man who got cited for disorderly conduct after paying a $25 medical bill with pennies. I once did the same thing when paying a $20 spa bill just out of high school. The spa said I owed, I said I didn’t (I’d canceled my membership the previous month.). The bank almost didn’t give me the pennies as it would severely deplete their supply (or so they said). I dumped a coffee can of unrolled pennies on the receptionist’s desk. Hah.
The article goes on to list several examples of the same type of protest. I’m surprised in today’s economy that more people don’t protest in this manner. At the end of the article, it explained US law states a merchant does not have to accept over 100 pennies as payment. I didn’t know that. Good thing the spa didn’t know either, wink wink.
Gold trimmed German New Year postcard, dressed pig rides chariot pulled by pigs
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Going beyond an antique or vintage postcard’s image can sometimes lead to some of the juiciest historical tidbits. Insert a couple of quick eyebrow raises. A rather stilted recitation of Manchester, NH history (but still a good source of historical info), was where I found my juicy tidbits this time – Manchester, Hillsborough County, NH – History and Genealogy .
Antique train postcard of Manchester, NH railroad station
The page starts out in 1604, but let’s jump to 1839. You ask, “What happened in September, 1839?” I’ll tell you. Jeremiah Johnson was killed by Elbridge Ford. Elbridge was tried the next year and found guilty of manslaughter. He was sentenced to five years in prison, but pardoned after three; not much justice for Jeremiah. Why was this murder notable? The page’s entry just previous to this tells of a vote to establish a system of police – in October, 1839! There is nothing like a murder to light a fire under a town’s butt. Unfortunately, this was too late for poor Jeremiah.
Let’s jump ahead to 1853 to when Bayley, Blood, and Company, or Vulcan Works, was established. Sorry Trekki fans, no relation to Spock. In 1854, Vulcan Works became Manchester Locomotive Works. By 1875, Manchester Locomotive Works had turned out 786 locomotives (beyond capacity). That’s a lot of trains. I wonder if any of them are still around.
Where does Levi come into this story? Around 1873, Levi Strauss started making what became their famous “blue jeans” or riveted clothing. The denim for them was made at Manchester’s Amoskeag Manufacturing Company. Cool.
* You can find more railroad station postcards in my store, Remember When Vintage Postcards.
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