October 8, 2020

Author: Bonnie Wilpon

Little People Postcards

Bonnie Wilpon

Little People Postcards

Postcard collectors frequently generate interest in the topic of “freak show” performers, people who appeared in circuses and carnivals. The cards that are most popular are those of little people.

Tiny people, whose proportions are just like ours, have always been a topic of interest.

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A Look at Leather Postcards

Bonnie Wilpon

A Look at Leather Postcards

This sweet angel on a leather postcard was mailed in 1907. Like most leather cards, it is slightly smaller than a standard card, measuring about 4½ inches by 2¾ inches. Made of deerskin, it is soft and supple. The red color would have
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The House of David

Bonnie Wilpon

The House of David

House of David founders Benjamin and Mary Purnell pose near their motorcar in front of the Israelite Colony. The Children’s Band sits to the right, with the Ladies Band behind them.

In 1895, Benjamin Purnell had a vision that he was the “seventh angel”

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Remembering Classic Television Stars

Bonnie Wilpon

Remembering Classic Television Stars

Postcards showing many classic television stars may be found at almost every postcard show. The cards remind us of people we miss. In this stroll down the memory lane of TV stardom, we’ll look back at some of the best.

Lucile Ball and Desi

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CHRISTMAS—THE WAY IT NEVER WAS

Bonnie Wilpon

CHRISTMAS

THE WAY IT NEVER WAS

These days, I hear people bemoaning the commercialization of the holiday season. At least once during Black Friday, there’s a tale on the news of a shopper being trampled by a thundering horde galloping toward a big sale.

But in the wonderful

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States Poke Fun At Themselves Through Postcards

Bonnie Wilpon

States Poke Fun At Themselves
Through Postcards

As a Floridian, I hear lots of people complain about our heat, especially in the summertime, and we natives smile and nod politely. When I go out west though, and my skin feels as though it’s baking in a 600-degree oven,

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The Tlingits: their life and legends

Bonnie Wilpon

The Tlingits:

their life and legends

Every so often I come across a set of postcards that captivates me. While the value of the set may be small, it’s the subject matter and the artistic rendering that make the grouping so lovely.

That was the case with these

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How About Those Quiz Kids?

Bonnie Wilpon

How About Those Quiz Kids

Between 1940 and 1956, there were about 600 different Quiz Kids; a few dozen were regulars from the ages of 7 to 16. Millions of people tuned in on their radios on Sundays to listen to five young contestants, recording live. Red-bordered postcards

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All the Single Ladies

Bonnie Wilpon

All the Single Ladies

Today most young women know that they can get an education and launch a fulfilling career. They can choose to marry or not, have children or not and be self-sufficient. The course of their lives depends mostly upon themselves—not upon getting married to a

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How Old Is That Postcard

Bonnie Wilpon

How Old is That Postcard

Postcard collectors have a few tricks up their sleeves when it comes to quickly approximating, with just a quick glance, when cards were produced. With a little practice, you can do it too. Although the very earliest postcards were sent in the 1860s,

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