Posts Tagged ‘1939’

I came across an interesting message with historical significance on a large letter linen postcard while reacquainting myself with my postcard inventory.  The message on it reads:

Dear Mil & leon:

I bet you were glad to get that pretty apron from Mary.  She’ll start her new job Monday.  She’s going to drive a street car.  We went to the show together today.

Love Geo & Evey

My first reaction was, “a woman street car driver?”  I then noticed the date – March 26, 1943.  This puts the message right in the middle of World War II (1939 -1945).


The message is a reminder of the contribution woman made on the home front to fill the gross shortage of manpower created when men went off to fight World War II.  Women were once again given the chance to not only earn the men’s higher wages, but prove they could do the same jobs as men; something women still struggle to prove today to a certain extent.

Way to go Mary!

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I’ve just realized it’s St. Paul Winter Carnival time again.  This Minnesota winter sports carnival officially kicked off this past Thursday.  Great timing because I just bought a 900 postcard lot that contained four St. Paul Winter Carnival Photo Postcards of the 1938, 1939, and 2 of the 1940 Ice Palaces (one illuminated).  It’s exciting when I find postcards, in lots or on buying trips, that have a personal connection.  My Dad used to take me to see the ice palaces when I was little and they were still being built.

For those that would like a little background on these wonderful ice palaces, please read my earlier blog post – 1941 St. Paul Winter Carnival Ice Palace Postcard.

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1938 Ice Court Real Photo Postcard

   1939 Ice Palace Real Photo Postcard

1940 Ice Palace Real Photo Postcard

1940 Ice Palace Real Photo Postcard - Illuminated

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