Saturday, August 28, 2010

I am joining Bev today for Pink Saturday.
"We are in fellowship with many to celebrate Colette's Miracle Makeover Party. Guideposts Makeover Reveal Party can be viewed by visiting our very own Kelee at The Katillac Shack. Thank you, Kelee, for inspiring us, and for introducing us to Colette. You are a blessing to all of us.

Thank-you Guideposts Magazine for bringing us Colette Gauthier's story."

This postcrossing postcard from China came in January 2009 from a young woman with the most amazing message:

"I look to the new year and my wish for you:
Peace within your heart

Love from family and friends

Hope to make it through each day

Sunshine to light the day

A tear to show compassion

A heart to hold the love.

Happy New Year friend!"

I am of the generation that grew up with images of Chinese people riding bicycles in shapeless Mao suits wearing caps with red stars on them. China was one of the hated Communist enemies. Yes, the country of China has changed greatly since the 1970's. But a postcard message like this changes my thinking, permanently. Maybe there is a chance for world peace to grow, one human interaction at a time.


Friday, August 27, 2010

Happy PFF: Manhattan bridges

Manhattan, back in the days when postcard views of buildings and bridges were the thing to send back home.  Here are the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg bridges over the East River.

School has started for me again and I am pretty busy, so just a short post today.  I'll be joining Bev for a special Pink Saturday tomorrow, so please come back and check that out.
Happy Postcard Friendship Friday!


Friday, August 20, 2010

PFF: My Heart's Gift

Postmarked Feb. 3, 1909 (?), in Philadelphia Pennsylvania.  Addressed to Anna Rosenthal, 832 Hancock St. City (which means the same city as where the card was posted).

First about the front: there is some gold-colored embossing.  Also, that is real pink silk ribbon on the girl's dress. It's been flattened with time, and of course, for the scan.  This card most likely cost more than the typical postcard, and it is collectible today.

About the back:  the message is: "From C B Goodman  827 N. 8th answer"

A love note, written just before Valentine's Day, but with the lack of punctuation, this can be read in many ways.  An order? A request? A plea, for an answer? Postcardese: Daydreams on Old Postcard Messages understands the ambiguity.

Google Earth shows that 832 Hancock St. is one block away from I-95, the Delaware Expressway, and now hosts a non-descript building.

I'm Linking up with Beth at The Best Hearts are Crunchy for Postcard Friendship Friday, and I hope with Bev at  Pink Saturday.


Monday, August 16, 2010

Blue Monday Postcard

I'm linking in with Sally at for Blue Monday!

I love the delicate blues in this vintage postcard, especially in the forget-me-nots.  If you have seen these flowers in person, you know what a wonderful blue they are.  They don't make postcards like this anymore, do they?


Saturday, August 14, 2010

Weekend mailbox

"For Students and Children"

the post office in Chesterfield Massachusetts.

Gemma at Greyscale Territory is the hostess of Weekend Mailbox, join in by posting anything connected with mail.


Friday, August 13, 2010

Happy PFF: Night view

Linen postcard, of the Municipal Group, Springfield Mass.  Unused.

Night scenes are pretty cool, and seem to be rare.

This group of building was opened in 1913.  From Wikipedia: "The Municipal Group of Springfield, Massachusetts is a collection of three prominent municipal buildings in the city's downtown. Consisting of a concert hall, City Hall, and a 300-foot (91 m) clocktower, the Group is a center of government and culture in the city. ... Over the years, the Municipal Group came to represent the city itself as its most identifiable landmark. ...

Over time, as the city's fortunes deteriorated, so did the Municipal Group. Their age made them notoriously expensive to heat and cool. However, City Hall and especially the Campanile languished. Sporadic renovations barely would keep City Hall operable. The aging electrical system in the clocktower silenced the bells and structural instability closed it off. The time on each of the clock's faces was rarely correct. Falling debris required officials to constantly widen the area off-limits to passers-by."

from this website: " In 2007, the cost to properly repair the exterior limestone shaft was estimated at $5.7 million dollars. Funds to begin this important and historical project are currently not available. So, in May, 2008, the City installed steel netting on the Campanile as an additional safety measure. The netting was installed at three of the four corners, in the areas that contain cracks in the limestone."

And there seems to be no update to this information.  Repairing the Campanile is still a future project.  Given the economy lately, I bet this project has been put off indefinitely.

A sad story of a prominent landmark.

Thank you to our hostess Beth at The Best Hearts are Crunchy for hosting Postcard Friendship Friday. Click on the link to see who else is playing!


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Belmont Plaza postcard

The Belmont Plaza, Lexington Avenue at 49th street, New York.
From the back: "Located in the heart of the Grand Central Zone, the World's Greatest Business, Shopping, Residential District.  800 outside rooms, each with bath, shower and radio.
Single from $3.00, Double, twin beds, from $5.00"

Can you believe those prices?  This card is postmarked July 17 1939 and is addressed to Mr. Joe Bauch of Akron Ohio.  It reads: "We arrived in Jersy [sic] City 9:30 our time & at the Hotel 10:30 our time. we are on the 4th floor, everything is fine."  I can't read the signature.

The Belmont Plaza is now the W hotel, in a cluster of hotels in this area, including the Waldorf Astoria, Radisson, and Intercontinental.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Postcard Friendship Friday: Annisquam, Mass.

Specifically, The Bridge at Annisquam.
Annisquam is a small town on the North shore of Massachusetts (meaning north of Boston). On the map below, see the position of the little house.

Not much has changed since the time of this linen postcard.  There is much less fishing, and much more summer tourism.  As this town was a backwater, many of its older buildings have survived.

The other place of note is the Annisquam lighthouse.

"* 1801: Annisquam is the oldest of four lighthouses to guard Gloucester peninsula. The keeper’s house, built in 1801 continues to house Coast Guard families. Rudyard Kipling lived there while writing "Captain’s Courageous" – a great literary tribute to American sailors.

* 1974: The 4th order Fresnel lens and foghorn were automated. "

I like this linen postcard because it reminds me of lazy days at the beach in Massachusetts.  Warm sun, the smell of flowers, but always a cool breeze from the ocean.



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