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Below is a curious message I found on the back of an 1908 antique bathing beauty postcard.  It reads:

“Dear Edna
be sure and send my coat when you send my machine,  got your letter yesterday.  Will write later


Bathing Beauty Postcard Piggy Back Child

1908 Bathing Beauty Postcard with UDB

Bathing Beauty Postcard Piggy Back Bk

What I’m curious about is the type of machine Anna wants sent thru the mail.  The time period and gender of the sender suggests perhaps a sewing machine.  However, peddle sewing machines were quite large.  Was the post office in 1908 equipped to mail an item the size and weight of a sewing machine?

Could there be another machine small enough to mail thru the post office?  What do you think?

Be sure to stop back on August 16th when I share an exciting find for my personal postcard collection.


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Letter from Santa Claus Postcard

1906 H.I. Robbins Santa Claus Postcard Published by The Metropolitan News Co.

Weekly Ephemera Trivia:

Approximately 500,000 letters to Santa addressed “Santa, North Pole” are sent to the North Pole Post Office branch on Candy Cane Lane every year.  

What Happens to All Those Letters?

They are taken to the North Pole Middle School, where the students try to answer as many letters as they can.  Sounds like a great way to teach teenagers about community and that kindness towards others has priceless benefits (warmth and happiness).

I hope they have a lot of students at that school to answer all those letters.

** Don’t forget to check out my Postcard Advent Calendar where I will be activating a link to a different Christmas postcard each day thru December 25th.

Note: Marie over at The French Factrice blog is hosting Postcard Friendship Fridays.  Hop on over to Marie’s and check out all the postcard enthusiasts sharing this week.

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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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