Sunday, June 30, 2013

Use the Right Eraser for removing pencil marks from Postcards

When you buy a postcard it often has the price written in pencil.  You might want to remove it with an eraser.
For erasing prices and other pencil marks I use a STAEDTLER MARSPLASTIC white eraser.  Other artist type erasers will work.  They also clean up some of the smudge marks but if the postcard is really valuable I might not try this.

Do not use me !  Pencil Head does not  do a very good job.  I will leave Marks and you will not be happy.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

I hate shoe laces but this person probably hates them more RPPC Postcard

What a chore it would be putting on these high top shoes.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Postcard Magnets - Great gifts and souvenirs for your refrigerator

I like crafting with my postcards.  So with my scanner by my side I scan different variety of postcards.  The large letter postcards like "Greetings from Butte" make great magnets.  I make them smaller then the actual postcard size.  On the backs I either use a whole sheet of magnet backings or the strips.  I use cold laminate sheets for a protective cover. 

 For the Easter magnet I scanned a postcard, and then cut out the cross for a simple Holiday Magnet.  Cabinet cards make fun magnets.  I scanned and cropped just the center of the card highlighting the baby.  And I made a tiny magnet of Yosemite.
                                           Magnet Backing

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

8 Fashionable Ladies Cabinet Cards and Old Photographs, Posing for Portraits

These ladies have gone to  Photographers studios to pose for their portrait.  A fashionable thing to do in the late 1800's.  Love the puffy sleeves, lacy collars, pearl necklaces, vintage jewelry.  These old photographs give us a picture of what fashion was like in the late 19th century.  Usually welled dressed girls with fashionable clothes in these phtographs.

Need more Cabinet Cards for your collection.  For less the $2.00 EACH you can buy them no on eBay. Click here to purchase

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Waiting for the Mailman to deliver my new (yet old) postcards

Just purchased 86 postcards and can hardly waiting for their arrival.  63 are real photo postcards (RPPC) and even if the people or places are not identified I find them very interesting to study and wonder about the people.  I will also get some bear postcards and a few of cities, buildings of the Detroit area.  It will be like Christmas when the box arrives.  I think I had get back to listing more on eBay.  I have lots of interesting Cabinet Cards.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Trains and Railways in Modern Postcards

Yellowstone National Park - Fishing Bridge where the tourist can catch a trout.

I spent many summers in Yellowstone National Park.  My Dad was a teacher so we would take the whole summer off to fish in Montana.  Not too exciting for a young girl.  He normally would stay away from the tourist areas like the above FISHING BRIDGE.  But if we went to Yellowstone Lake we might have driven over the bridge.  You could fish off the bridge.  When staying in the park we would stay at  the campground at Madison Junction for 2 weeks.  That was the limit we could stay, so we would drive out of the park, through West Yellowstone and towards Ennis Montana for more fishing.  If I was lucky we would visit relatives in Helena Montana for a clean up.

Then back to Madison Junction in the Park for maybe another 2 week stay.  We did not have an RV but a 4 person tent. (Later on when were older my Mother insisted that we get a tent just for us girls.)
Now I have a confession.  On the center pole of this second tent I taped up pictures of movie stars like Tab Hunter.  We sure did get bored, did not fish but I did see a lot of the USA as a child and now have that trailer I always wanted.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

5 Reasons to Buy Postcards

Here are 5 great reasons to buy postcards. (or collect)
1.  You forgot to buy a postcard when visiting Yellowstone?  Buy one now either online or at antique stores.  I guess you could visit Yellowstone again.

2.  Use as a tuck in when mailing a greeting card to a friend or relative.  Yes do use snail mail.  People like to find mail in their mailbox. 

3.  Collect certain themes, like the town where you were born.

4.  Buy to resell on ebay or other online venues.  Try to spend less then a dollar

5.  They are small, easy to store.  Now and then you can take it out of the box and display at home.  Looks nice in a frame.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Chalons-sur-Marne France, Vintage Postcard of City Gate Porte Sainte-Croix

A previous postcard posted showed where Marie Antoinette met her final days.  During her happier days this gate was dedicated to her when she passed though Chalon-sur-Marne on the way to Marry the King.  It was then known as Porte Daphine.

Chalons-sur-Marne is in France and in 1998 the town name was changed to Chalons-en-Champagne.  This gate is one of the entrances into the city

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Paris - Le Pont Alexandre III Bridge Vintage Postcard

The Pont Alexandre III is a very decorative fancy bridge with winged horses and nymphs.  It was built in 1900 and named after Alexandre III Czar.  Located in Paris the style of the bridge is similar to the Grand Palace which it leads to and is shown in the postcard.
On eBay Click here

Friday, June 14, 2013

Down Home inTennessee Postcards based on a "Song" Bamforth

This is a lot of 3 different postcards from a series called DOWN HOME IN TENNESSEE.  It looks like the same people man and two women are in the pictures.   The poem indicates the older woman is his Mother and maybe the other girl is his sister.  He travels by train (#1) He is greeted at the station or saying goodbye.(2) Just read that the younger gal is his Sweetheart named Flo
These postcards are made in England by Bamforth and Co.from the series "Songs"  Probably from early 1900's.
They really are charming postcards.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Snow Train Europe XROTD 9213 operational snow plow 2 postcards

Great postcard showing one of the only operational snow plows in Europe (taken from 2003 notes)  Steam Rotary  XROTD9213 self propelled snow plow and  sometimes operates with an electric rail car.

Not much detail on this postcard none in English
Nr 5002 Gem 4/4 mit dampfschneeschleuder unterhalb Bernin-Hospiz.
The box of train postcards is so interesting but I know little about them.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Glacier Express - Famous Railway, train in Switzerland Postcard

A train journey that really does live up to its name: from St. Moritz to Zermatt, against breathtaking backdrops and with exquisite on-board service – on the world’s slowest express train!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Playing with the kittens while it is cool.

Well it will be a little cooler today about 95  I got up at 6:45 and am sitting outside with all the pets   I difd manage to get a chipmunk away from the mother cat  who is  a good hunter.  

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Discovering British Columbia by BC Rail 2 Modern Postcards Trains

Canadian Train in British Columbia
At daybreak, No 2860 THE ROYAL HUDSON, emphasizes the power of steam as it prepares for its daily excursion between Vancouver and Squamish.
Discovering British Columbia by BC Rail.  The power of steam is manifest as No 2860 THE ROYAL HUDSON bursts forth from one of six tunnels on its way to Squamish
1993 postcards 4 by 6 inches.
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Friday, June 7, 2013

Fuzzy Bear Novelty Postcards the Golden Age of Postcards

The  Golden Age of postcards was 1898 - 1918.  Postcards were very popular and it became quite a competitive business for publishers.  They needed to be more creative so novelty postcards became popular.  You could feel the 3D effect with your fingers.  These two postcards were bears glued on a background using a velvet type material.  At first you could mail these novelty cards right through the mail.  After 1907 if there were glassine beads attached or lots of glitter they were suppose to be mailed in an envelope.

Notes taken from a great book Teddy Bears on Paper by Susan Brown Nicholson.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

New Years Postcard, locomotive Engine with elf and children

This train looks good enough to eat.  In an earlier post I mentioned I bought a box of 400
plus postcards many of them trains.  This was the only card that the engine was made out of a yule
log and cookie wheels

Monday, June 3, 2013

Forth Bridge Edinburgh Scotland 1902 Postcard

Forth Railway Bridge
Work began on this enormous cantilever construction in 1882.  Designed by Sir John Fowler and Sir Benjamin Baker with main spans of  1700 feet a world record for many years.  The bridge is about 5300 feet long altogether and 360 feet above high water was opened March 1890 connecting Edinburh Scotland to the north of Scotland over the Forth River.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Flea market find Big box of postcards.

I just downloaded an eBlogger app on my tablet and giving it a try 
I just took a picture using Samsung tablet of my great flea market find 450 postcards  Many are modern train postcards from the 1980s but there are some sleepers in the box .  the trains are from Europe and very nice and in mint condition   Some USA cards too.  Cost of the box the $5.00. 
 Picture would not download from tablet to blog so had to email it to myself then download.  A little blurry.  I will have many train postcards available from the 1980s.  Will share some samples later.

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