January 22, 2023

Author: Ray Hahn

Portugal – Europe’s Best Kept Secret

Ray Hahn

Portugal

Europe’s Best Kept Secret

Of the forty-four countries in Europe, Portugal ranks fourteenth with a population of just over ten million. Officially the Portuguese Republic includes the offshore archipelago of the Azores and the island of Madeira. (See PostcardHistory.net, Madeira – Isles of the Blessed: January 17,

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The Pageant of Cape Cod

Ray Hahn

The Pageant of Cape Cod

The artwork on this beautiful old postcard is by Gerrit A. Beneker. Beneker’s name on postcards is quite rare. (Within my thirty-five years of collecting, his name has appeared on only two or three other postcards. (One you will see later down this

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Professor Cizek’s Juvenile Art Class

Ray Hahn

Professor Cizek’s
Juvenile Art Class

In all the world there has rarely been a more passionate advocate for children than the Austrian artist and teacher Franz Cizek. There is a familiar quote which comes from a speech he made before the Vienna schoolboard around 1895. He said, 

“What

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Pea Patch Island – History, Legend, and Postcards

Ray Hahn

Pea Patch Island

History, Legend, and Postcards

The headwaters of the Delaware River form where its tributaries meet in the village of Hancock, New York. Two hundred and eighty-three miles south, the Delaware flows into the Delaware Bay and then into the Atlantic Ocean. The Delaware is the

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All About Books

Ray Hahn

All About Books

Part I – Wet Books

Dateline: Paris, France, 1910
Dateline: Florence, Italy, 1966
Dateline: Cleveland, Ohio, 1975
Dateline: Fort Collins, Colorado, 1997
Dateline: Prague, Czech Republic, 2002

The first record keeping of water damage to holdings of libraries and repositories began circa 1911 when the

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Currituck Beach Lighthouse, Buying a Postcard, and More – The Editor’s Vacation

Currituck Beach Lighthouse,
Buying a Postcard, and More

The Editor’s Vacation

It is unlikely that anyone noticed, but thanks to the Internet and all its related technology Postcard History continued uninterrupted during the last week in September from a beach house in Corolla, North Carolina.

On Tuesday, the sky was

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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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