Tuesday, December 20, 2011

"Glædelig Jul!" by Carl Røgind

                            GLÆDELIG JUL!  by Carl Røgind (1871 - 1933)  Danish Illustrator
                                                  Nissen og Katten på Gave-Uddeling
                                                                                                       - Postcard ca. 1910                                              

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Postcards of Paola, Kansas, c. 1912

                                                              ~ City Park, Paola, Kansas, c. 1912 ~
                                                                    Real Photo Postcard (RPPC)
                                 Note Henson-Woodman Hardware & Stoves across the street.

Real Photo Postcards (RPPC), in popular use from around 1903 to 1930,
provided an opportunity for everyone to produce their own cards for mailing.

The photograph was taken by a special Kodak camera that could make postcards
using special postcard-sized film.  The image would be developed directly from
the negative onto postcard backs.  The picture postcards produced were good
quality photographs, in both matte or shiny finishes.

The blank side was divided like any commercially-made postcard, with places
for the address and the message provided.  Postcard stamps in 1912 were 1¢.

                                   Real Photo Postcard ~ Typical look of the reverse side, c. 1912.

If you can remove old black and white photographs from family albums, you
might discover that some are in fact postcards ~ a ready-made card with a
custom photograph taken by your grandparents or great-grandparents!

                                 Water Works Dam ~ Paola, Kansas, c. 1912, RPPC

                                 Julia at the Water Works Dam, Paola, Kansas, c. 1915
                                                             (family photograph)                                                

Watch a video about the history of Paola, Kansas, 
produced by the Chamber of Commerce, courtesy of YouTube. 

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Vintage Thanksgiving

                                         ~ GOOD WISHES FOR THANKSGIVING DAY ~
                                           Embossed ~ Printed in Saxony c.1910, No. 870                                                            

Saturday, November 12, 2011

"Airs Above the Ground"

        The Spanish Riding School of Vienna
                  Spanish Riding School Vienna/ Spanische Hofrietschule Wien
                                   -Postcard photos by Hans H. Rau, Vienna,
                                       from a folio "Das schöne Wien", c. 1970.

The Spanish Riding School of Vienna presents a thrilling equestrian spectacle
featuring the high-stepping maneuvers of the world-famous Lipizzaner stallions.
These "Airs Above the Ground", originally used on the battlefield as defensive
postures, became the centerpiece of this fantastic equine ballet.

      - Postcard folio photo by Hans H. Rau, Vienna, c. 1970                                                                
If you plan to visit Vienna, click on the link to the Vienna Ticket Office website
for a performance schedule:  www.viennaticketoffice.com/detail_en.php?ID=77 .

Wein Museum has an extensive collection of historical postcards, and is looking to
augment its collection with examples dating from 1945 to the present, including
the work of Hans H. Rau.  When you access the website, click on Collections,
then click on Topography and Urban Development, and then click on Picture
Postcards:   www.wienmuseum.at/en/collections .

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Victorian Scraps

                 Victorian Scraps from The Victorian Sticker Postcard Book,
                 Collection of Elke Dröscher, © 1982, Harenberg Kommunikation,
                 Dortmund, West Germany, © 1985, English text Copyright,
                 Running Press Book Publishers, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Victorian scraps, those charming embossed die-cut images of animals, fruit,
flowers, children, Santas, and Valentine hearts have been inspiring crafters
since the 19th-century, are still being produced today.

Scraps come in sheets connected by tabs where one can find the name of the
firm producing them, and the country of origin, often Germany or England.

When cut out individually, scraps can be put into books devoted to collections
of them (scrapbooks, if you will), or incorporated into handmade greeting cards,
or used in découpage decorating.

Here is an excellent website called Victorian Scrap Papers that displays hundreds
of these precious images, and provides links to even more.

They can't help but inspire.  Happy scrapbooking!


Saturday, August 27, 2011

Badminton anyone?

                                          THE NELSON-ATKINS MUSEUM OF ART
                                                             Kansas City, Missouri


                                 Claes Oldenburg, American, born Sweden, 1929, and
                                 Coosje van Bruggen, American, born The Netherlands,
                                 (1942-2009), Gift of the Sosland Family; aluminum,
                                 fiberglass re-inforced plastic, urethane paint, 1994.
                                      © Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen
                                                    Photo: Attilio Maranzano

This shuttlecock (one of four) looks as if has just landed out-of-bounds
in a giant-sized badminton game, on a lawn whose scale befits such a match.

Claes Oldenburg and his late wife Coosje van Bruggen have been turning
everyday objects into whimsical public art installations from Kansas City to
Korea for decades.  Oldenburg, age 82, was on hand last Saturday to witness
the unveiling of his latest creation-- a 51-foot high paint brush, erected in
Lenfest Plaza in Philadelphia.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in downtown Kansas City is a cultural gem
and a major institution on the American art scene.  Go!


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Volendam, Netherlands

                          Two Volendam maidens in traditional "Klederdracht"
                          -Postcard postmarked 1912, addressed to Miss Irene Van Zanten
                            of West 9th Street, Holland, Michigan, U.S.A.

Historic Volendam, Netherlands has been a tourist destination for decades.
It is about a 40-minute drive north of Amsterdam on N247 Highway, and is
a popular day trip for Amsterdamers and foreign visitors alike.

If you prefer, there are also organized tours of Volendam and region departing
from Amsterdam:  Click on the link for "Marken, Volendam and Windmill Tour",
Amsterdam Tours and Canal Cruises, Tours and Activities in Holland.


The two Dutch girls in this postcard are wearing the traditional "Klederdracht", or
costume of the Volendam region.  If you go there, you too can try on a dress and
lace cap and have your picture taken!

The website VVV Volendam is all about things to do in Volendam.  Click on the
British flag for the English translation.


For more Dutch-themed postcards, visit:

Postcards of a Pleasant Peninsula

CIRCUMSPICE MICHIGAN is dedicated to Michigan postcards.  There, you 
will find recent postings of two cards from Holland, Michigan, with links to related 

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Salzburg Postcard Montage

                                                      Salzburg Postcard Montage
                                                      -Postcards from the 1970s            
Salzburg... The Festival City, Mozart's hometown, and locale of The Sound of Music.

The Salzburger Festspiele starts on July 27, 2011... don't put off a visit for another
year!  The festival runs until August 30, 2011.


Pat recommends two restaurants in Salzburg:

1)  St. Peter Stiftskeller, the oldest restaurant in Central Europe, was established
in 803.  Outdoor eating areas are amongst the ruins of the old monastery.
Full-course meals.  Classy!  Try a Salzburger Nockerl for dessert.


For a Mozart Dinner Concert, the Salzburger Konzertgesellschaft performs
right at St. Peter Stiftskeller.  Click on this link to their utterly charming website
for more information.


2)  Part beer garden, part food court, visit the Augustiner Braüstüberl Mülln.
Grab a beer stein, and put it under the spiggot at the beer fountain!  Take your
brew and a plate of food and sit out under the trees in the Gastgarten.

The beer-related website, Prost, Mahlkeit!, "In Austria's pubs and distant lands..."
has an English translation option that can be accessed from the Google search page.


-The Photo Gallery is on both the English and German versions of their website.
Scroll down to find the Photo Gallery on the left hand side, in either language.

                                     Ein Prosit der Gemütlichkeit!    -Pat

Here is another useful website for Salzburg events:

Salzburg World Guides:  Salzburg Events, Festivals in 2011/2012, Things to Do:
Events in Salzburg Area, Austria.



Sunday, July 10, 2011

Kansas Flint Hills

      The Konza Prairie Research Natural Area, sometimes called the bluestem
      prairie, provides a unique outdoor laboratory of native tall grass prairie.
      The Konza is part of the Flint Hills of eastern Kansas.
                     -Postcard photo copyright Kansas State University Photo Services
                      Kansas Postcard Company, Minneapolis, Kansas

"When the first European explorers emerged from the dense northern forests of
America, they could scarcely believe their eyes.  A "fruitful champayne countrie",
a treeless ocean of wildflowers, birds and animals, and grasses nine feet high,
stretched unbroken to the distant horizon.  The explorers named it "prérie,"
meaning "grassland" or "grassy orchard"."

    -From the dust cover flap of the book Tallgrass Prairie by John Madson,
      Photos by Frank Oberle, Published in cooperation with The Nature
      Conservancy, Falcon Press Publishing Co., Inc., Helena and Billings,
      Montana, copyright 1993.      An exquisite coffee table book.  -Pat

Thanks to the joint efforts of Kansas State University in Manhattan, and the
Nature Conservancy, we can see the Konza Prairie as our forefathers saw it.

The Konza Prairie Biological Station website gives current weather conditions
and Twitter updates from people in the field.      kpbs.konza.ksu.edu

The Kansas Flint Hills defy description, and must be experienced in person.
Drive down to Cottonwood Falls in the heart of this region.  Have lunch at
the Grand Central Hotel, or have dinner and stay the night!


While in Cottonwood Falls, visit the historic Chase County Court House,
made of native limestone.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Nathaniel Russell House

       NATHANIEL RUSSELL HOUSE  - Postcard photo copyright Bryan Riggs
                                                                    Charleston Classics, Charleston Postcard Co.

Charleston... nothing could be finer.  A friend returned from a visit to Charleston and brought postcards!

   NATHANIEL RUSSELL HOUSE, Charleston, South Carolina

The Nathaniel Russell House, completed in 1801, is widely recognized as one
of America's most important neoclassical dwellings, with elaborate architectural
detailing and a magnificent free-flying staircase.

This historic property serves as the ideal exhibition space for Historic Charleston
Foundation's outstanding collection of exquisite fine and decorative arts.
                                                     -Caption by the Historic Charleston Foundation
                                                     -Postcard photos copyright Rick McKee & Bryan Riggs
                                                      Charleston Classics, Charleston Postcard Company

Historic Charleston Foundation ~ brochure


 Historic Charleston Foundation ~ inside brochure
(click on to enlarge)

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Meubles de Jardin

                  Manufacture Française d'armes et de cycles de Saint-Etienne,
                  Tentes, parasols, guérites, c. 1900, advertising from their catalog.

                  Postcard printed in France, copyright 1995, Editions de Désastre,
                  Mise en couleurs Patrice Monnerie.

Manufacture Française D'Armes et Cycles de Saint-Etienne opened in that city
in the 1880s as purveyors of sporting goods.  They were the first mail order
company in France, and distributed large catalogs annually.  There were also
retail outlets throughout France and the colonies that sold things such as bicycles,
hunting rifles, fishing rods, and meubles de jardin.  The company now goes by
the name of Manufrance.

These charming vintage versions of our present-day cabanas remind us that
summer has arrived!  Here is an article from New Jersey Savvy Living
Magazine about the popularity of cabanas that have been appearing on the
New Jersey Shore in ever-increasing numbers.


Happy Summer!   -Pat

I just found an example of some cabana-esque lounge chairs on a Florida
postcard from 2001. This card features the work of photographer Bill Bonebrake.

                   Copyright 1995, Bill Bonebrake, Just a Moment in Time Publishing

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Hotel del Coronado

    -Postcard by Gaston Lokvig, from a pen-and-ink drawing, 1979, 
      Published by Carol Mendel, San Diego.                                                            

This charming pen-and-ink illustration of the Hotel del Coronado is by the late 
Gaston Lokvig, an immigrant from Denmark, who settled in Southern California 
in 1959.  He did many drawings of San Diego landmarks, and was featured in a 
number of travel books.

The Hotel del Coronado has been the playground of presidents, potentates and 
celebrities since it opened in 1888.  This massive wooden structure is one of the 
finest examples of a Victorian beachside resort, and was designated a U.S. 
National Historic Landmark in 1977.

The "Hotel del" has been the setting for books and movies.  Scenes in the 1959  
movie "Some Like It Hot" starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack 
Lemmon were filmed on location at the hotel.

Today the Hotel del Coronado is a resort with all the amenities, and is also 
available for conferences, wedding receptions, and other special events.  
Day trippers are welcome! 

The Hotel del Coronado has a superb website:

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Sacher Torte

             (click on postcard to enlarge)                  (postcard from 1970)

In 1832, at the Viennese court of Prince Metternich, a chef's apprentice was
assigned the task of creating a special dessert for some distinguished guests.
Franz Sacher, aged 16, came up with a rich chocolate cake containing a secret
ingredient:  apricot jam.  The dinner guests were delighted with this delicious
confection, and "Sacher Torte" became a Viennese tradition.  Sacher's descendants
founded the Hotel Sacher in 1876.  The hotel is in the heart of Vienna, next to the
Staatsoper, and still serves its famous Sacher Torte.  


Friday, April 29, 2011

Cambridge, England

      KING'S COLLEGE CHAPEL                                                  -copyright J. Salmon, Ltd.

                                                                                                    -copyright J. Salmon, Ltd.

      Congratulations William and Kate, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge!


      BRIDGE OF SIGHS, ST. JOHN'S COLLEGE                   -copyright J. Salmon, Ltd.                                                            


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Organ at Heiligenkreuz Abbey

Organ at Cistercian Abbey, Heiligenkreuz, Lower Austria, founded 1133.
                                                             -copyright Richard Pietsch & Co.,  Vienna 

         September 18, 1974

         Hi-  This organ I could not believe-- what a spot at the Abbey!
         Weather perfect so far, but warm.  "Gute Reise."  I figured it out
         by myself!  Tour bunches are tiresome, but it's helpful to have things
         arranged for us.   
                                                 -Love, "A".    


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Postcard from Perpignan

      EN PAYS CATALAN...  PERPIGNAN (Pyrénées-Orientales)  La Place Arago 
                                                                                                              -Editions ESTEE-BLOIS
                                                                                                               ALLIANCE CARTERIE

15 October, 1998

Dear Pat,  We rode our bicycles here from Quillan (80 km!!) yesterday.  
It was amazing riding through arched tunnels carved into the rock.  
Then down we came to Perpignan passing a 12th-century fortress looming 
high on the horizon.  Perpignan is very lively and there are tiny alleys with 
cafés that have fairy lights strewn above them.  Today it is 20 degrees C., 
sunny, and the palm trees are rustling in the gentle breeze.   

Love, E. and T.

P.S.  We just asked a gardener about some olive trees, and he proceeded to 
show us the whole garden... at last we found out the name of an amazingly 
scented plant that is everywhere--Laurentia.  Great experience!  

Eloquent friend, non?



Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Bendel Girl

        Postcard to advertise a special sale for those with birthdays in April, 2011.

        "...because all the best gifts come in brown and white boxes."

Advertising postcards have been in use since the 1870s.  The idea of sending
postcards to promote a business or product is a wise marketing tool.  And don't
we love to pin up a postcard from our favorite store on our bulletin boards?


In 1895, Henri Bendel, a milliner by trade, opened his flagship store in a
then-residential neighborhood on Fifth Avenue in New York City.  Bendels
has been keeping women looking their best ever since.

Bendel introduced many "firsts" to the burgeoning fashion scene in early-20th
century New York.  He imported the designs of a young Coco Chanel, he
organized the first fashion show, and started a line of signature fragrances.

Famous for their hats, Bendels was immortalized in the Cole Porter song,
"You're the Top",  from the 1934 Broadway musical, Anything Goes.  "You're
a Bendel bonnet" is among the list of things synonymous with the best of the best.

For your listening pleasure, I have included a "postcard folio" of sorts, that
gives you a visual guide to the lyrics of the song, courtesy of Bob Toomey on
YouTube.  Thanks Bob!

                       Cole Porter - You're the Top - A Visual Guide


Friday, April 1, 2011

Biltmore Estate Grand Staircase

                                (click on postcard to enlarge)      Copyright 1983, The Biltmore Co.

The Biltmore Estate is the largest privately-owned home in the United States.
Built by George Washington Vanderbilt II beginning in 1889, it was completed
in 1895.  He hired Frederick Law Olmsted to design the grounds and the gardens.
Olmsted, who also designed New York's Central Park, is known as "the father of
American landscape architecture".  Biltmore is located near Asheville, North Carolina.

The Festival of Flowers starts on April 2nd and runs until May 15, 2011.


                              This postcard is postmarked April 27, 1991:

             Hi,  We're on a trip!  Stayed at a golf club near Waynesville,
             N.C. Tuesday, and played 18 holes Wednesday a.m.  Then to
             Asheville and Biltmore.  The azaleas and dogwood are spec-
             tacular!...  T.T.F.N.    Love, R.&B.

                                               -sent to relatives in Kalamazoo, Michigan

Saturday, March 26, 2011

The Compleat Angler

                                                                           (click on image to enlarge postcard)

Izaac Walton immortalized in stained glass.  This window can be found in the
Fishermen's Chapel in Winchester Cathedral, Hampshire, England.

It was donated in 1914 by fishermen from England and America.

"And that ye study to be quiet" is from Paul's First Epistle to the Thessalonians,
Chapter 4, Verse 11.

The Compleat Angler, Walton's famous treatise on the joys of fishing was
published in 1653.



Saturday, March 19, 2011

Cherry Blossoms

                                                      Mt. Fuji and Cherry Blossoms ("Sakura")


                                                                      for a lovely bowl
                                                                         let us arrange these
                                                                      since there is no rice

                                                                                                           -Basho (1644-1694)


                                                                      "Mono no aware"


Friday, March 4, 2011

Pat's Postcard Postings

      From original stereoscope manufactured by E.S. Co, 1923
       Photograph Courtesy of the Library of Congress

Welcome to Pat's Postcard Postings!
My Favorite Postcards from 50 Years of Collecting

Please enjoy the eclectic nature of this collection:
beautiful fine art postcards, charming vintage cards,
scenic postcards from the four corners of the earth, 
seasonal cards, and humorous novelty cards.

Check back often for new postings!
Click on images to enlarge them.