Posted in Vintage Postcard Tidbits, tagged angel, angel wings, antique, antique postcard, antique postcards, blog, cupid, cupid postcard, cupids, fairy, fairy wings, PFB, post card, post cards, postcard, postcard collection, postcards, valentine, valentine postcard, valentine postcards on August 16, 2011|
I was sooo excited two weeks ago. I had found the 6th (and final) antique cupid postcard in a series published by PFB! Granted, three of the six weren’t brilliant (gold trim). I was still very happy to know what the image was on the last postcard to find. It was of a cupid with fairy wings standing on the shoulders of another cupid with bird like angel wings trying to reach a clover on a small rock cliff. So darling! I have posted images of all six antique postcards for my blog’s readers. Enjoy these treasured members of my personal postcard collection!
If anyone knows who the artist is for this series, I would be interested to know.
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Posted in Vintage Postcard Tidbits, tagged antique, antique postcard, antique postcards, Halloween, Land of Lakes Postcard and Paper Show, myths, owl, post card, post cards, postcard, postcards, white owl, witch on August 4, 2011|
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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Posted in Vintage Postcard Tidbits, tagged 1839, 1853, 1873, Amoskeag Manufacturing Company, antique, antique post card, antique post cards, antique postcard, antique postcards, Bayley Blood and Company, blue jeans, clothing, depot, genealogy, historical info, history, juicy tidbits, Levi Strauss, Levi's, light a fire under, locomotive works, Manchester, manslaughter, murder, New Hampshire, NH, pardon, post card, post cards, postcard, postcards, prison, railroad, railroad station, rivited clothing, Spock, tain postcard, train, trains, Trekkie, vulcan, Vulcan Works on March 24, 2011|
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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