Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Picture Postcards of the Golden Age A Collectors Guide by Holt

Even though this book was published for the British I own this book and use it quite often for reference. 214 pages, 32 pages of half-tone Illustrations, 8 pages of color. This is not a book with a lot of pictures it is instead full of collecting information for the collector. The authors aim is to give practical aid to the novice and new information for the more experienced collector.

The book includes lots of postal history from the very first postcard and for the next 50 to 100 years. If you want a book that takes time to read and read again this is a great book. It talks about post offices, royalty, ships, World War 1, artists and illustrators, postcard clubs and lots more all in great detail.

The section that I really use a lot is in the appendix. There is the usual information about how to date postcards etc, but I like the list of the early Publishers of postcards and what trademarks they used and if they had series postcards. Lets say you wanted to identify a card by Gale & Polden Ltd. The book illustrates the trademark used on the cards. If they don't have an illustration they often describe the publisher markings to look for.
This book was published and copyrighted in 1971.

If interested I have placed a link to where you can purchase this book.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Kennedy Space Center Florida, STS-13 Crew Postcard

This postcard is from about 1968
Kennedy Space Center Florida
The STS 13 Crew poses for an informal crew portrait. From left to right is Commander Bob Crippen, Mission Specialist George Nelson, Pilot Dick Scobee, Mission Specialist James Van Hoften and Terry Hart.
I do enjoy going through all my postcards finding something to share on my blog. I am still sewing, crafting etc and need to share a few projects with you soon. I am shopping for vintage miniature frames so I can frame some of my small photos.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Cabinet Card Laighton Bros...Norwich, Conn.

Lovely Family Portrait from the late 1800's

Monday, December 21, 2009

Love those Dutch wooden shoes

Old vintage postcard showing local dress of the Dutch people. Including the wooden shoes.
Short on words as its a busy week getting ready for Christmas Eve a family celebration. Among our family their will be Swedish, German, Irish and Norweigians attending all Americans. Merry Christmas.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Party Time

This postcard makes me think of all the Holiday Parties we are attending. Today I am taking a bowl of popcorn for a party at my Sewing Class. And I might do a little hand sewing, maybe quilt a table runner as a continuous project. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Mt Vesuvius Italy

From Early Painting. I love the colors of this postcard. I have listed this on eBay
Napoli Vesuoio in eruzione

Highly recommended Bonanzle Seller Tea and Teapots

You do not have to be a member to purchase items on Bonanzle. Having a paypal account helps. I highly recommend Helene's Booth called Teahouse. Check out her sales and tell her Judy sent you.

And I have a few ebay auctions, hoping to list a few more.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Mystery Men, Ladies from Alsace Postcard Friendship Friday

I purchased this postcard but have no idea who these men are. Can any of my PFF friends out there help me identify them? No information is given on the back.
These two ladies appear to have big hats and are from Alsace. Are these hats? Any significance about these Postcards. Again I need your help. The card on the right appears French, the one on the left maybe German. I do love these postcards.
Thanks again to PFF Host Marie at

Monday, December 7, 2009

An imaginary White Christmas

The theme for Decembers Festival of Postcards is White. I chose a 4 by 6 postcard I made for another blog last year and thought it was appropriate for this entry. When dreaming of a white Christmas I see leaping unicorns, tiny snowmen, snow covered branches with a white shiny moon. Of course there has to be snow on the ground and blue twinkly stars. I enjoyed making this collage style postcard. Check out this website and consider submitting a postcard. At the end of the month all entries will be shared at this website.

We have a few inches of snow on the ground but I doubt it will be around for Christmas, but who knows it could snow again.

Portrait of Old Swiss Lady with basket of kindling

Poor woman in Switzerland hauling wood Photo by J Gaberell

Friday, December 4, 2009

Happy Postcard Friendship Friday

I have been to two Notre Dames, one in Paris and this one in Montreal. I enjoy collecting postcard folders with all its pictures. I hope everyone has a good PFF. Check out Maries blog for more at

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

New Banner Love those Ladies

In process of changing banner I lost my links. Will work on those later. Hope I get my postcards up by Thursday or Friday for PFF.
Casper the cat insists that I put dry food on the railroad ties for his morning snack.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

250 Postcards for Sale on Ebay

Have an instant collection, 10 cent a card, plus shipping at opening bid.


Trying to create new banners and experimenting. It probably will change. Hope all had a great Black Friday and Cyber Monday. And a great Thanksgiving. I know the banner is a little too big.

Sunday, November 29, 2009


Here is site about postcards that I recommend.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

My friend Dani is having a give away of some adorable hand embroidered gift tags. Just sign into her blog to enter the drawing.

I hope everyone has a nice Thanksgiving. I wonder how many of you will shop on black Friday. I might just at the local gift shops.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Thanksgiving morning from the South Asheville NC PFF

Very early postcard showing Black Americana in the old South, Greetings from Asheville N.C. Maries blog has a new look. Please check out PFF at

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Klamath Falls, Oregon Postcard

I love postcards showing the main streets of American cities. This is from the 1950's or early 1960's of Klamath Falls Oregon.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

I am in the Gutter, Postcard PFF

One of Maries rules for Postcard Friendship Friday( is that we could use a picture that is postcard perfect. I really am posting this picture to explain why I have not blogged too much. Outside work - new roof, painting outside and new rain gutters. That is what this picture shows. The metal for the long gutter is rolled up, goes through this machine which crunches and bends and out at the other end comes the gutter. It was quite a site and something new for me to see. We finished all this work just in time as it is raining today. Happy PFF to all my friends.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Driftwood and Honey Button Card

These are from a sellers sample card. The buttons are made out of Driftwood and and Honey natural wood. They are from a company called The Look, direct manufacturers in New York City. I have 9 cards and wonder how I can display them. I wonder how old they are. There is a stamped address of this company on the back with a zip code.

The Inside Source from eBay

If you sell on eBay this is good reading!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Enos the Chimpanzee Astronaut

I remember all the fuss when they put a chimpanzee up into space. I wonder where he is now!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Halloween is Almost Over Postcard Friendship Friday

Halloween is almost over! So I have Thanksgiving on the mind.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Unique Limousine Postcard Friendship Friday.

Stay at the Space Shuttle Inn in Titusville, Florida and be shuttled off to the airport in this unique Courtesy Car. This postcard came from an interesting group of space postcards from the 1960's that I recently bought. Happy PFF to Maria and all her followers

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Totally-Creative Magazine - Free Preview

Here is an online craft magazine I highly recommend. It is about 50 pages with many different craft, home decorating ideas. It is called TOTALLY-CREATIVE and is celebrating its first anniversary. The layout is very easy to read and downloads easily. In each issue guest designers share their crafting ideas, so there is a nice variety of fun projects to do.

Go to the link below to find out more about this digital magazine and sign up for a free preview. Are you like me that you have tons of magazines lying around the house? Then you can't find an issue for a certain project. Now save on clutter and store your issue of Totally-Creative on your computer. Fun reading right at your fingertips.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Rain and more Rain

We had 3 inches of rain yesterday and its wonderful. We needed it so badly. It has calmed down some which is good as it gives time for the water to sink in. Poor Casper the cat hated it yesterday and sat on the porch under cover looking at it. Today he is out and about and maybe the gophers will swim to the surface and he will catch one. The birds do not seem to be affected and are at the feeders despite the rain. It snowed on Tioga Pass so its closed in Yosemite but I imagine it will open up in a few days. The leaves are falling and some are turning yellow. I feel Halloween in the air.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Postcard Friendship Friday - The Auto Log Sequoia Nat'l Park CA

The Auto Log in Sequoia National Park, today!
Car Parked on the Auto Log during the era of 1920 through 1940.

Cars were originally banned from the National Parks but in 1910 the policy changed. Tourists could pretty much park and camp where they pleased. I found a number of photographs of cars on this tree and it must have been a popular place for posed pictures.
To see more postcards for PFF go to Maries blog

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

A cutie

Just too busy go have done much blogging. But here is a cute RPPC.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

PFF A little bit of America

Bobs Chicken Shack Boulder City Nevada
Been traveling a lot and busy but do want to wish everyone a Happy PFF.
Check out Marias blog for more PFF

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Skyline of Long Beach California

This is a nice RPPC. I am sure the view looks different today. You can see the snowcapped mountains in the distance and also if you enlarge the picture you can see all the small oil well pumps.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Are you stumbling? Check out

Find out where the popular websites are.

On eBay Hotel Baker, Baker Montana Postcard RPPC


Thursday, September 24, 2009

Sweet Animals of Sequoia National Park, California

Kissy Face bucks....Isn't this sweet, as long as you don't get between them!!
Now if you go to National Parks today they say Don't Feed the Animals!! What a sweet fawn!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


Loved our trip back to Arizona and found some pine trees to park under.
Then we came home.....I am not sure I love nature. Above is the damage the wild bear did to our gate while we were gone. Sorry I didn't blog while enjoying our trip(s) even though I had WiFi most nights. The highlight of the last trip was visiting the 4 corners area, and we enjoyed the Navaho Nation Reservation very much. Beautiful country. So I now have lots to catch up on.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Rving Away

Just got home today so will post some updates tomorrow.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Postcard Friendship Friday Arcadia Lodge, Kingman Arizona

This is a panorama postcard that you fold in half to mail. It shows the Arcadia Lodge, in Kingman Arizona. Love the parked cars. It is on Route 66. Thanks to Marie who sponsors PFF so check out her blog.

I really should have shared a postcard of a bear in Yellowstone, because the reason I am typing this up at 5 AM is because a bear broke our fence down to try and get to the garbage cans. We are now sleepless and listening for noises. It happened an hour ago.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Brass Egyptian Souvenir Spoon on eBay

Isn't this a cool spoon...I think hand pounded from brass. No markings on this spoon. And while checking out this auction, check out my Penny Auction. Yes it opens for 1 cent with low shipping.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Linen Postcard Studios of CBS and NBC in Hollywood

I love the art deco look of these buildings.
Postcard Friendship Friday Happy PFF

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Lynns Blog

Check out my good friend Lynns blog. She does lots of handicrafts and makes scrappy quilting projects.

Home again!

Last year we had a fire between us and Yosemite. This year its in Yosemite Park and we are getting the smoke. We barely made it through the park over Tioga Pass on Monday. Its closed due to smoke. We had a hot trip (weather) almost 2000 miles but enjoyable. Made a nice loop (well almost) Hawthorne NV, Winnemucca NV, Fruitland Idaho, Grangeville ID Missoula Montana, Dillon MT (via Hall MT where my Mother was born) Mountain Home ID, and the last night back at Hawthorne.

The trailer and truck is washed and ready to go when it cools down!!

Selling on eBay works, as I had to mail sold auctions from RV parks. Postcards, small blooklets are easy.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

On the road again!

We are actually staying put for an extra day in an RV park, (not the one pictured that was 2 days ago) so I might blog a little more. I did find an antique store and bought a few postcards and stereoviews. Today I am going to a quilt store in Dillon Montana. Having fun!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Harolds Club Reno Nevada Chrome Postcard

This is one of the postcards I got at Harolds club in Reno Nevada. But alas it closed down many years ago. I was so disappointed. The mural on the casino was quite eye catching.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

The Red Lodge Savage Wigwam Bristol UK RPPC

Wouldn't you like a den like this. Actually this is a room called the Savage Wigwam where Bristol (UK) artists use to meet. Now entertainers and laymen can come here. It is part of the Red Lodge built in the 1500's. Queen Elizabeth the First stayed here, and later it became a reform school for girls. Not quite sure what its used for now except for special events.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Festival of Postcards Aug Theme WATER "Blow Hole" Hawaii

Festival of Postcards theme for August is Water. Thanks to Evelyn Yvonne Theriault for sponsoring this monthly event.

I picked a Hawaiian Postcard from the 1950's although I doubt if the scene has changed much.
This looks like a cool place to stand in the Hot weather.
Hawaii is surrounded by water and what better place to visit.

Back of the postcard.

For Your Embroidery

Saturday, August 8, 2009

General Motors Motorama of 1955 Chevys, Buicks Pontiacs GM

General Motors Motorama of 1955 This postcard shows GM in its better days. Here is what it says on the back of the postcard.

Greater, More thrilling than ever - The General Motors Motorama of yesterday is a combined stage, fashion, science and auto show - featuring the latest creations of Crevrolet, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Buick, Cadillac - also Body by Fisher, Chevrolet and GMC trucks, Frigidaire Kitchen of Tomorrow, GM Diesel and other new General Motors Products.

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