Tuesday, April 28, 2009

this ones a charmer

On the back of this very small photo:

Norma and I again. -But we're through now. Thank god. Imagine me married to that. Ugh!!!

March 1943

Monday, April 27, 2009


I miss the days when old people looked like this.

Why are we all supposed to try so hard to look young?

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


I have so much stuff to add to The Cedar Chest. I had a back log already before I went to the show and then I came home from the show with some of the prettiest things just for you all.

I added a few things tonight and will hopefully get to more later. Check out the shop if you like tinted photos and pretty ladies.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

the haul

I spent about 5 or 6 hours in the last two days at the Webfooters Postcard sale. It was great, but surprisingly exhausting. Leaning over cardboard boxes and looking through 8000 cards (my guesstimate) is hard work. But, I got some great stuff. This shot only shows some of it.

Got some great photos, postcards and some greeting cards, too. If you like photos of women I have some gorgeous ones I got for the shop. Hopefully I can get those up soon.

I also got to a yoga class this weekend, made a nice halibut dinner for the mister and myself, and spent some time in the sun today potting a plant and just plain sitting and letting the sun soak in. It is beautiful today.

I am looking forward to sharing with you some of the new stuff I got. Hope you all had a great weekend.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

postcard show this weekend in portland

I am not sure how many if you are in the Portland area, but I wanted you to know about the annual Webfooters Postcard Show and Sale. I am a new member of the Webfooters. The Webfooters have been a postcard club since 1966.

The shows are great fun if your idea of fun is looking through boxes of old postcards, photos and ephemera and chatting with people who are into the same thing. As you can imagine, this is my idea of fun. You can find things from 25 cents to 25 dollars or more. Hope you can come by.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

animated photo company

I recently watched some old films I think you might like to know about. They are all on a collection called Electric Edwardians. It is available on Netflix.

Most of the films were made from 1901-1907. It was so neat to just see the everyday people of the towns from those years. That time was considered the "Golden Age" of postcards as well. So, as you can imagine I have many postcards from that time period. It was neat to see the people and that time more vividly. The films were all done in Britain. Here is some more information from the website:

In the earliest years of the twentieth century, enterprising traveling showmen in the north of England hired pioneer filmmakers Sagar Mitchell and James Kenyon to shoot footage of local people going about their everyday activities. These films would be shown later at nearby fairgrounds, town halls and neighborhood theaters. Workers, school children, sports fans and seaside vacationers all flocked to see themselves miraculously captured on screen!

The astonishing discovery of the original Mitchell & Kenyon negatives in Blackburn, England — in a basement about to be demolished — has been described as film’s equivalent of Tutankhamen’s tomb.

Since many people didn't understand what "animated photos" were, they are often either very still in front of the camera (as they would have had to be for a photograph to be taken) or just so giddy looking at the camera, enthralled.

You can watch this with commentary or not. I did not, which made it nice for my companion and I to be able to talk during it. The commentary however is very interesting. Here is a sample of it. There are many clips on You Tube.

easter '63

Hope you are having a good Easter day today. Hopefully you won't get sick from too much candy, which it seems may have been the fate of little Belinda here.

In spite of my own warning, I may have to chance it myself. A basket of peanut butter eggs awaits me. I cannot resist those.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

old leonard

Written in pencil on the back of this card in large numbers is the year 1930.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

moonlight on the lake

This first black and white postcard is one of my favorites. The image is great, but I love the sentiment, too. The color one I recently got and it is blank on the other side.

To a Miss Bestha Shipe, Sunbury, PA. Post marked Dec 25th 1907

Come out and take a boat ride. Everything is going fine out here except the town and it is going so slow you can't notice it.


Friday, April 3, 2009

Lamb or Tiger?

I think I got both of these years ago when I was in Oakland. I was always curious about both items. I just did some research and learned that there was a well known evangelist named Charles Yatman who was mentioned in a diary from 1892.

There is pencil writing on the back of the sermon card where someone was figuring out some math. It added up to 110.50. I think it is interesting that someone kept this card for so long.

These fellas in the photograph are interesting to me and I wonder how they are affiliated. They seem very disconnected from each other.