March 10, 2021

Author: Bob Toal

Anthony Comstock, September Morn, and the Fillmore

Bob Toal

Anthony Comstock, September Morn,
and the Fillmore

The New York Times reported on October 28, 1905, that three arrests had been made at a local stationery and novelty store by Anthony Comstock.

Comstock told the clerk that he wanted some postcards, “the best you’ve got.” She called

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The Lipman Postal Card

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Carving Stone Mountain

Bob Toal

Carving Stone Mountain

While in college at Athens, Georgia, during the 1970s, I toured Stone Mountain several times. It is an impressive bas relief sculpture depicting Confederates Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, and Stonewall Jackson astride their horses; Blackjack, Traveller, and Little Sorrel.

Stone Mountain has a complex

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The Flu Pandemic of 1918

Bob Toal

The Flu Pandemic of 1918

I asked fellow collector Bruce Nelson* to e-mail me copies of postcards from his collection that target the flu epidemic of 1918.  The images as well as the messages were interesting when he described them to me over a phone call recently. (Electronic

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I’d Rather Fight than Switch

Bob Toal

I’d Rather Fight than Switch

I remember the TV and magazine ads of the 1960s by Tareyton cigarettes picturing a smoker with a black eye touting, “Us Tareyton smokers would rather fight than switch!”

An example from a magazine ad is shown in Figure 1.  Presumably this ad

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The Mansfield Bar – Mystery Solved? – Maybe!

Bob Toal

The Mansfield Bar –
Mystery Solved? – Maybe!

Some great detective work by Postcard History readers has solved (?) a mystery surrounding an unusual modern chrome

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Mount Rushmore

Bob Toal

Mount Rushmore

The postcards of Mount Rushmore tell a story that may not be well known.

The card here shows Mount Rushmore before and after Gutzon Borglum carved the four presidents – Washington, Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Lincoln. The mountain is named after a New York City lawyer

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The Crying Cayuse Twins Postcards

Bob Toal

The Crying Cayuse Twins Postcards

Figure 1 card with classic image of the twins and caption.

While searching through digital copies of the Inland Printer magazine on line for general  printing information (Hathi Trust Digital Library), I came across an 1899 article [Volume 24, October 1899, page

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Dr. Dan Friedman: an interview with a Postcard Author, Dealer and Pioneer Postcard Aficionado

Bob Toal

Dr. Dan Friedman:

an interview with a Postcard Author, Dealer and Pioneer Postcard Aficionado

The first time I encountered Dan Friedman was many years ago at the annual November International Postcard Show in York, Pennsylvania. Dan had a large sign over his booth – “Classic Postcards.” His stock

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An Unassuming Postcard has Historical Significance

Bob Toal

An Unassuming Postcard

has Historical Significance

A small package arrived containing a CD, a note and several vintage postcards. The note read: “Bob, Found these today in a cigar box of Uncle Lowell’s. The dog one with writing on the back was handed to him by a Parisian

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