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“Must drop you a card and let you know that we are still alive. Are all well and hope you are the same. Am getting awful tired of the cold weather. Heard you had some little chickens. Elda’s has some but I have not any and not a hen that even wants to set. My geese laid early again.
Esther”

Daffodil Vintage Easter Postcard

1915 vintage Easter postcard published by Pink of Perfection

 

Seems like Esther is green with envy as she came up a little short in an unspoken egg laying competition.  Maybe if Esther played her chickens a little music they would lay more eggs than Elda’s hens lay for her??  He he he.  I just think this is funny as I can picture Esther pouting.

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It’s time we celebrate the end of winter (no more snow, yea!) and beginning of spring.  Antique and vintage postcards do this beautifully with their colorful array of flowers- from daffodils and iris, to crocus and pansies.

Lady Slipper

The Lady Slipper usually blooms in late June or early July.  I know that’s not spring, but how can I pass up showing off this bit of nature’s beauty now after several months of snow and lack of color?

Switzerland published vintage postcard, signed by artist P.R., of a Lady Slipper.

The Showy Lady Slipper (pink and white) is a rare orchid.   On Prince Edward Island, it was so rare that the Pink Lady Slipper replaced it as the provincial flower.  This orchid became the state flower of Minnesota in 1902.  It has been protected in Minnesota since 1925.  The above Lady Slipper is a White Lady Slipper.

Note: 100 years ago, Lady Slippers were a favorite adornment of church alters.

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1930 New Union Pacific Station Postcard, Salina, KS

1930 New Union Pacific Station Postcard, Salina, KS

Birthday vintage postcard searches have increased.  This got me wondering what happened 100 years ago this month.  I plugged “October 1909″ into bing.  This is what I found:

 

 

 

 

Ghost Towns of Kansas

Daniel C. Fitzgerald is the author of a book trilogy on ghost towns of Kansas.  After reading several “outtakes” that didn’t make the cut for his upcoming book, Ghost Towns of Kansas: Revisited, I decided I would have to read volumes 1-3.  Here is what I learned after reading the outtake on Shipton in Saline County.

Why Shipton, Kansas Died

On a drizzly October 20th, 1909, the dying town of Shipton, Kansas was auctioned off.  Despite the weather and muddy roads, over a thousand showed up.  Why was it auctioned?  Well, Shipton was a town that didn’t care enough to make improvements over the years.  Why do so when Salina was only 6 miles away.  Shipton’s residents shopped there.  The post office closed in 1895, then the general store.  Soon, even the farmers passed buildings without notice.  How sad.  The Union Pacific Railroad removed its agent.  The blacksmith (wow, still had one back then?) and stockyards closed.

Auction Spectacle

The town’s owner, William Irwin, made a spectacle of the event by employing a band to play while the auctioneer toured the town (advertisements having attracted the attention of people across the US).  The auctioneer sold minor items for double their worth.  He even sold rocks off the nearby hillside!

Final Asking Price

OK, by now you’re probably very curious what Shipton finally sold for.  It was expected to bring $100 per acre, but only brought $80.  This was most likely the first time in Kansas history that an entire town site sold at auction.  It sold for $2620 to Fred Warnow.

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