Saturday, January 30, 2010

Sioux Indians Chief Whitecalf with his Dancers

Sioux Whitecalf and his troup of Indian Dancers. They return every year to Ogallala Nebraska once the hunting grounds of the Oglala tribe. Visitors to Nebraska can see the different ceremonial dances performed. This postcard is from the 1950's or early 1960's.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Blue Mosque Istanbul and Karamursel Turkey Postcard Friendship Friday

The Blue Mosque also known as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque is located in the largest city in Turkey,, Istanbul. I visited this wonderful mosque when I was a young teacher on a US Military Base in 1967 near the town of Karamursel, about 2 hours away from Istanbul. It got its name Blue Mosque from the colorful blue tiles on the walls inside. It was built in 1609 during the rule of Ahmed I. While still used as a mosque it has become a popular tourist attraction of Istanbul Turkey. (I have seen the Sultans name spelled either Ahmed or Ahmet)Here our host nation teacher is showing bread cooking in a hot Turkish Oven. The second graders enjoyed the trip and got to sample the bread.

This is the main street of the town of Karamursel on the Sea of Marmara. The closest larger city would be Yalova. Parked on the side of the street is the Military bus which was our school bus. These field trips were fun for the class and very educational. Unfortunately this area of Turkey had a devasting earthquake over a decade ago. I remained on the base for one year with many side trips on the weekends. The highlight of my trip was seeing the whirling dervishes in Konya. At another time I will share a photo of that. (From there I went to England for 2 years, then home)

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Bid on that Montana map if you want it

I already have a bid so last chance. But then again I buy postcards and ephemera if anyone has anything to sell!! Just leave me a comment.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Restoration Project for you! 1887 Montana Territory Map

This map is in pieces (well almost) Want to try your hand repairing it. Buy this on ebay and try the challenge! Low opening bid of $3.00 If only I could repair myself like this map. It is old. I am also listing some old and decrepid Montana newspapers on ebay.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Valentines Day Postcard, CDV and tintype

I think the tintype on the left is very old probably 1860s or 1870's. It is a paper frame around a tin photograph. It seems in so many photographs the people are leaning against a post or desk like the lady on the right.
This lovely lady is being visited by a child angel who has given her a rose from the basket. Looks like they are exchanging heart charms. Its a little early but Happy Valentines Day.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Vintage Needle Case for Sewing

I was pleased to find a needle case with all the needles intact and the threader.
I love old vintage sewing vintage items, needle cases like this one, or buttons, feedsacks, old patterns, pincushions, so much to collect.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Aquadrome, Luna Park, Coney Island New York Postcard Friendship Friday

Each week I keep adding a few more postcards of Coney Island. I love the posed swimmers in this pool.
The Aquadrome is the largest salt water swimming pool in the world (back in the day) Despite its size the water is changed twice daily. (what no chlorine) Once during the day & when the park closes at which time the tank is entirely emptied, tiles, walls and concete thorougly scrubbed with a sanitary preparation.
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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Sweet Brier Rose, Ephemera Booklet

Lovely Little Booklet with Sweet Poem

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Cover (Envelope) from James B Shoemaker Justice of the Peace Kansas City Missouri 1909

Cover Collecting has been a hobby and business for many years for many people. Instead of saving just the stamp you save the entire cover. Usually they are sold without contents, but if the letter is with the envelope that is even better.

I chose to share this cover as it has an interesting notation about a case written on the bottom.. It is hard to read but is something like....won judgement 9-9-1904 in reference to Jim Elijeletter regarding Etyenhausur case. I cannot read the names so guessed them.

I don't know if the Judge or H. Switzer wrote the notation. Mailed by James B. Shoemaker, Justice of the Peace, 1111 Grand Avenue, Kansas City Missouri

For Sale on Ebay

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Is there more than one Billy the Kid? CDV for PFF

This carte de viste (CDV) intrigued me. Thought I might have something rare. Ha, the real BILLY THE KID was a baby in the early 1860's. The odd thing is that the famous Billy the Kid murdered one of his victims with a Whitney gun. Odd coincidence. On the back of the CDV someone taped the not so famous Billy the Kids autograph. I have acquired lots of CDVs and some Cabinet Cards which are just as interesting as postcards. Happy Postcard Friday, a little early but have lots on my calendar. Go to Maries blog to see what others are sharing for PFF.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Honeymoon Express Coney Island New York

The Honeymoon Express is located in Luna Park, Coney Island. It is one of the worlds largest playgrounds containing hundred of electrical devices and at night is the most brilliantly lighted spot on the island.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Coney Island Postcards New York

These forms of transportation were called Rolling Carts. Here a live person pushes you along the boardwalk at Coney Island in New York City. When the postcards could be mailed for a penny they became very popular.

Tunnels of Love and Wonder Wheel which is what we call a Ferris Wheel.

I have a few more Coney Island postcards in earlier posts. Just scroll down. Also linking you to for a book about Coney Island (haven't read it myself) Watch out for a few more Coney Island postcards in the next few days.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Visa for travel to the Moon, Postcard Friendship Friday

MOON-VISA For luney earthlings with space-travel yearnings
This is to certify Lunarly qualifed and permitted to cross outerspace and travel to the Moon anytime after.......19 and to re-enter the Earth on any date thereafter.
Signed by - A. Rockett-Burns Chief Controler Moonward Division
If the bearer veers off into orbit, our Peeping Tom Form No CYUR 1 -2 must be filled out and attached to this visa.
This humorous postcard is copyrighted 1959
A Dexter Press Postcard.
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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Beach and boardwalk at Coney Island NY

Sharing another postcard of the Amusement Park, Coney Island, New York

Friday, January 1, 2010

Coney Island Postcard New York Amusement Park

Coney Island is a pennisula formally an island in the Southernmost part of Brooklyn New York. It has a beach along the Atlantic Ocean. It formally opened after the Civil War and was very popular until WW II when it declined in popularity.
There were many postcards sent from Coney Island especially when the penny postcard became popular in 1898. Even though there are hundreds of different postcards from C.I. they are quite collectible.

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