September 29, 2022

Author: Ray Hahn

Postcards of a Great Achievement

Ray Hahn

Postcards of a Great Achievement

Please forgive me this bit of self-indulgence. I have no memory of when I heard my first opera. There is no one to ask, so I’m going to guess it was 1949 or 1950. Every Saturday afternoon back then was spent with my

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Anything Goes; Illustrated – by Cole Porter

Ray Hahn

Anything Goes; Illustrated

by Cole Porter

Cole Porter

Times have changed
And we’ve often rewound the clock
Since the Puritans got the shock
When they landed on Plymouth Rock

Plymouth Rock

If today
Any shock they should try to stem
‘Stead of landing on Plymouth Rock

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Dr. Richard Moulton

Dr. Richard Moulton

1928 – 2022

A Titan of the Post Card World has passed, Dr. Richard Moulton of Victoria, B. C., Canada. Some of you will remember him from the many shows he participated in often accompanied by Alf Harris and other assistants during the late 1980s and the

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How to Write a Postcard Biography

How to Write a Postcard Biography

Understanding the seven basic components of biography is the first step in learning how to write biography and family histories on almost any level. In the 1960s and ‘70s, “oral” history was quite the fad. People were genuinely interested in how their ancestors remembered

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Forgotten; nevermore!

Ray Hahn

Forgotten; nevermore!

There are generations of forgotten people. History is not kind to the vast majority of mankind for one simple reason: their names do not appear in history books. When Winston Churchill (supposedly) said, “History is written by the victors,” that pretty much explains why the names

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Tanglewood

Tanglewood

Evening at Pops and Evening at Symphony were two Public Broadcasting System programs that aired between 1970 and 2004. These programs were very popular but extremely expensive. The average cost of each program often exceeded one million dollars. To account for the high numbers consider that salary and performance

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Don Quixote in the XXth Century

Ray Hahn

Don Quixote
in the XXth Century

This 25-card set is an early twentieth century issue from Spain. In fact each card is a 5” x 3½” TARJETA POSTAL – UNION POSTAL UNIVERSAL – ESPAÑA.” The stock is sub-standard to that used in other countries at the time. It

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Leap Year, Leap Day, Leapers, and Postcards!

Ray Hahn

Leap Year, Leap Day,

Leapers, and Postcards!

Leaper is a universally acceptable term for people born on February 29th. Only 7/10ths of one percent of the world’s population must deal with having a birthday every 1,460 days, instead of 364 days, like most of us.

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A Fifth Sunday Special – July 29, 2022

Ray Hahn

A Fifth Sunday Special

July 29, 2022

What’s the old expression about time flying when you’re having fun? Here at the editor’s desk at Postcard History, it is Fifth Sunday again. Already! Only two months ago we examined three “very odd” advertising postcards that featured soap, cigarettes, and

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Life in Pink

Ray Hahn

Life in Pink

In the 1920s, at 151 East 50th Street in New York City, any tourist who wanted to hear opera and rub elbows with the social crowd would venture over to the East Side Opera House. From the few available accounts, it was a great

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