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.
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.
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.
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.
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.