Postcard History is about the stories that collectors find in the cards they collect. These stories are not always obvious — we learn about them by sharing our finds with other collectors. Every Monday and Thursday you’ll find out about what your fellow collectors have discovered in their cards. Your collection has a story to…
Forty miles north of New York City, “up the Hudson River,” Sing Sing Prison got a new warden in 1915. Thomas Mott Osborne ushered in a wave of penal reform. Out went the lockstep, in came (limited) prisoner self-governance. T. Fred Robbins, a nearby photographer and constable, was allowed to document many of the changes…
Jack Dempsey and Sugar Ray Robinson were champion boxers — Dempsey as a heavyweight and Robinson as a middleweight and welterweight. While they fought in different eras of “the sweet science,” their post-fighting paths led them to New York City and the restaurant business.
Maude Adams (not Maud Adams the Bond Girl, she doesn’t have the “e”) was an astonishingly successful stage actor who burst onto the New York stage in 1896 with J. M. Barrie’s The Little Minister and in 1905 played the title role in Barrie’s Peter Pan. Alphonse Mucha painted her. She toured with her own…
The 1950s-1960s civil rights movement drew widespread opposition that frequently called Martin Luther King, Jr. and other activists as “communists,” as this John Birch Society card shows. It’s numbered CR2. There just had to be a CR1. It took years to find, and here’s its story.
[elementor-template id=”3378″] A Couple Walked Into a Bar . . . We were new to the area, driving around to the different small towns on weekends to get a feel for the state of Delaware. I had begun collecting postcards of local towns, so we went where we had been given a recommendation or found…
Scattered across the world are rock formations that seem too good to be true — rocks precariously balanced on other rocks, seeming to defy gravity. There are those who says aliens put them there, while others say it was glaciers or erosion. Decide for yourself.
It is doubtful that there was ever an painter who aspired to be a postcard artist. Artists are usually categorized by the work they do. There are realists, surrealists, cubists, fauvists, modernists, impressionists and many more. Henry B. Wimbush was a watercolorist who for most of his creative life worked for Raphael Tuck & Sons.