Posts Tagged ‘Minnesota’

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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You can find more great flower postcards at Remember When Vintage Postcards.

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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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