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.

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