May 16, 2021

Year: 2021


Who is your favorite anemologist? You don’t have one? What a shame. Anemology is the study of wind. Postcard History welcomes guest contributor Alan Upton who shares his love of wind and postcards from his collection.

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Luxury American Homes

The concept of “a man’s house is his castle” first appeared in English common law in the 17th century. The sense of a safe home has been fundamental to civilization. “Luxury American Homes” shows men’s castles in three different places in America.

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Tea and the Taj Mahal

Tea drinkers around the world speak in their own special code. They say things like, “Put the kettle on” or “Don’t bruise the tea.” History has no ability to decode these social conventions, but if you care to have a cup, the kettle is always on at Ellie’s house.

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Alpine Postkarten

Postcard History is pleased to introduce Owen Carrollson. Owen recently sent images of a ten-card set that is approaching 125 years old. A happy new year message on one of the set is dated December 17, 1897. Bordering on being “rare finds” they are artist-signed by Ernst Platz, a noted German artist.

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American Fire Trucks

In July 1954, Henry Austin Clark, Jr. opened his “Carnival of Cars” museum in the basement of the Astor Theater in Times Square, New York City. It was a grand media event that included some early television celebrities. The cards featured here were souvenirs of the day.

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A Day at the Burnham Beeches

Collecting sets of postcards can be both a thrill and an anguish. The emotions are strongest when you find a set you knew nothing about, but the images remind you of a wonderful experience. Such was the case with the cards of Raphael Tuck & Sons set #6219.

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Reminder Postcards

I don’t own a cellphone! A friend calls me a dinosaur. I don’t care. However, I do keep a datebook, and the reminder postcards I receive are a big help.

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Long-Ago Postcards from Western China

Asian postcards are rare in most parts of America. There are collectors who actively search for them, but the mystery endures. In decades past, religious missionaries were America’s most reliable source of information and understanding. A new contributor to Postcard History tells us the story of his grandfather’s work in China.

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