8 Year Anniversary

This month marks my 8 year anniversary of postcard collecting. My grandmom passed away in May 2008, and we went through her house and cleaned it out in September 2008, which is when I found the box that would FOREVER CHANGE MY LIFE. :p

This post is dedicated to my 8 favorite postcards, some of which have already been featured on their own blog posts. It is somewhat hard to just pick 8 out of the ~4,000 I have amassed, but these take the cake.

1. Would you like a little Scotch?


The most perfect postcard I own- great condition, great image. Charles Twelvetrees, mailed August 1916. Blog post about it here.

2. “Tonight I leaned across 10,000 miles and kissed you!”


The only unmailed card that I really like to consider as part of my collection (other than some real photo postcards I have). This has an advertisement for a jeweler on the back, and was written on and addressed but never mailed.

3. May Zodiac


Dwig, mailed February 1909 (the sender sent the wrong month). I love her hair, as most of Dwig’s girls wear their hair up or shorter. I wrote about it this May.

4. Man in the Moondwigmoon_0005

Another Dwig, mailed December 1908. Read more about it here.

5. French Snow White


This whole series all falls into my favorites, but this card especially because numbers 1-24 were mailed to Captain Nelson Taylor’s children, and he saved this one for his wife. Mailed September 1945. You can find all Nelson Taylor posts here.

6. Cy DeVry and Senator


I have this card on my list for a future blog post. This is Cy DeVry and the lion Senator at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago (my 2nd favorite park after Jackson Park.) Mailed May 1909.

7. Christmas Tree Hats


This card isn’t in perfect condition, but it is harder to find. Clapsaddle Christmas card mailed December 1916. Clearly I love the fact that the children are wearing Christmas tree hats.

8. Winsch Santa from my Grandmom’s


This card was mailed Christmas Day, 1914 to my great uncle when he was around 1 year old. The first Winsch Santa I ever owned, and the reason I collect them. You can see this card and a sampling of others from my original postcard discovery here.

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Art Institute of Chicago Hold to Light

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This is a Koehler hold to light postcard of the Art Institute of Chicago. It is interesting because the moon isn’t yellow, and the windows aren’t either. Usually on these cards the sun or moon will be yellow and the windows of the buildings are mostly yellow and red. But it still works when held up to the light! I love the way the people are drawn on this card.

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1st Solo


This Keep ‘Em Flying card is a play on the pilot’s 1st solo flight. Another fellow on the card is protesting to a superior, “But sir- his mother never lets him out alone!” The sender of this card, Bill Adams, alerted his parents from Nashville to the fact that he just became a pilot. No word on whether he was missing his mom though.

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Unknown House RPPC

I thought I posted about this card before but I couldn’t find any posts, so if I did- here it is again! I got this card of a mansion at Brimfield. It has not been mailed, so I have no idea where it would have been located. I liked this card because of how fancy the house looks, and I also like the way the trees look swirly from moving while the photo was taken. Someone famous could have lived here, we’ll never know!


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That’s What They All Say- Heart Palpitations



This Dwig card from the “That’s What They All Say” series shows a snooty looking fellow telling a girl “You are the only girl who evah caused my heart to palpitate.” But she knows he’s full of crap! Instead of falling for his lines, she whips out her sign that says “That’s what they all say.”

The sender on the back wrote upside down along the top edge of the card “What do you know about this?”

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Message from a Soldier: Bronen Brothers #6


“Dear Mom + Pop, I still don’t know if I will have time to finish the letter I started yesterday, but I will send one to you, a big one. Love Jack.”

Maybe Jack would be able to finish his letters if he stopped sending postcards! The last Bronen brothers card was mailed by Jack on March 3, 1944, just like this card. The front of this card  is also from Basic Training Center #10 again in Greensboro, North Carolina.

I don’t know why tonight was the first time I Googled “Jack Bronen WWII,” but I found a music store in the Bronx called Bronen Music, and it was founded by Benjamin Bronen, Jack’s dad, in 1915. There is a picture on the website of Jack, Sid, and Murray when they were kids. Jack and Sidney were twins.

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Drew Field


Drew Field was an airfield during World War II in Tampa, Florida. It originally opened as a municipal airport in the late 1920s. Then in 1940, the Army decided to lease Drew Field for 25 years (but in 1946 the federal government would receive it). The Third Air Force used Drew Field for training tens of thousands of men. Some of these men would get a chance to be featured in Drew Field Echoes, a newsletter that was published every Friday by a team of privates, with a corporal editor who used to be at the Baltimore Sun.

This card was mailed exactly 2 years after Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1943. It wasn’t mailed from a soldier, but it was mailed to a soldier. The sender doesn’t sound like he really knows the recipient, perhaps he was part of a card exchange club.

“12/6/43. Hello: Thanks for your nice view, I am hoping when this war over we can exchange views again. We have nephew in S. Pacific some where have had a folder from there. Best wishes always, Sincerely Mr W.H. Westmoreland 5909 Dexter Ave Tampa 4. Fla.”

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