April 12, 2021

Author: Kaya Fellcheck

Day #61

Chasing a long-time hobby around the country can be great fun, but hazards exist – not behind every rock in the road, but peril comes in many forms. Postcard History’s favorite postcard traveler is quarantined in a place she never expected to be, but she has had a fabulous time getting there. Kaya Fellcheck’s saga continues.

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Postcards Define the Indescribable

Imagine yourself a tourist in Paris in 1907. You are touring the world’s most vibrant city, but you feel an obligation to send word home. Do you send a postcard or write a letter? You will likely decide to send a postcard. And you may find the most indescribable site in Paris will be in the most famous church in the city.

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Sir William Wallace

The early history of Scotland reads like an adventure novel. All manner of tribal cultures seemed to be in constant conflict. Through the centuries the most acrimonious disputes were those between the English King Edward I and a Scotsman name William Wallace. It all happened many years ago, but you can read about it here.

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Admire Her Beauty, for a biography is wanting

It appears that there is no American postcard of Miss Mabel Hirst. In the UK, yes, but no Americans. Which is a shame because, as you can see, she was a great beauty. And mysterious, because there is no biography. Which makes her all the more interesting to try to collect.

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Painters Witness to Their Time

Beauty Is in the Eye of the Beholder, so says the old adage. ‘Tis true, but the artist puts the beauty before the viewer. Kees Van Dongen was an artist with uncanny skills when he painted the eyes of those who posed for him.

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Three Tragic Lives

Three women of extraordinary beauty, talent, and wealth whose lives could be the outline for an anthology of tragic short stories are portrayed in this remembrance. Two were dead before age 50, the other shunned by the world. Helene Held, Nance O’Neil, and Gaynor Rowlands are forgotten today but postcard collectors know their faces and the roles they played. Read about the way they lived and how they died.

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Mary Pickford

Day #34, Thursday

This “Day 34” diary entry tells of how someone doing serious historical research needs to avoid the appearance of being a tourist. Research is hard work. Here’s proof.

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Leap Year! One of Mankind’s Headaches

Postcard collectors who like sets find it easy to collect Leap Year cards, but only from a very brief span of years, i.e., 1896, 1904, 1908, 1912, and 1916. An experienced collector has offered the following analysis of his collection.

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