Princess Theater, Chicago

The Princess Theater in Chicago had its grand opening on June 1, 1908. “A Stubborn Cinderella,” with the great actor John Barrymore, was the opening show. In the theater one could find new scenery, flowers, and pretty women in costumes “that would shame everything but a rainbow.”

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From Chicagology.com, it sounds like the best part about the new theater was the air system-

“By means of a ventilation system the air in the theater is changed every three minutes. It is drawn through cloths and purified as it is brought in, then run through a series of pipes, which heat or cool it, according to the atmospheric conditions.”

The theater was demolished in 1941 to house a parking lot in the spot.

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This card was mailed in May 1912 from Chicago to Lincoln, Nebraska. It is part of the “I Will” series, number 183C. The sender noted that he “had a fine time last night with one of these choir girl of this theater but was not like (the recipient).”

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Early Rare Dwig Series

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This postcard is part of a very early Dwig series from 1902. The publisher is H.T.C. & Co., and unfortunately I can’t find very much information about them. The front of the card has print and was also written on, as this was an undivided back card. It happened to be mailed not until 1906.

“The beauty of a woman’s mind/Is chief among her graces;/Yet minds are not made up, we find,/So readily as faces.”

The woman is putting makeup on, using a stack of books (including Darwin & the Bible) as her stand. A love letter and some money has also fallen out from the stack.

I happened to find this card in an eBay suggested listing of a lot of 3 women postcards. This is the only mailed one I have seen from this series- a few were listed on eBay unused for $40/each.

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Funny Message: Grape Juice

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“Dear Sis:- Please send me your recipe for grape juice, at once. Arrive in town today, will write more later. All are well, would like you all to visit us soon. Lovingly Anna.”

I was looking through a 25 cent box at a postcard club meeting recently and actually laughed out loud when I read this message. Who would have thought that there could be such a sense of urgency around a recipe for grape juice?

Grape juice was invented in 1869 by Thomas Bramwell Welch as a substitute to alcoholic wine in church services. Perhaps Anna’s sister made a better batch.

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Indian Motorcycle Dog Card

My real photo cards of dogs with people are divided into multiple subcategories, one of which is dogs with bikes. Something caught this dog’s attention further away in the field, but I liked the card below because not only is the younger boy on a bike, a man and a woman are in an Indian motorcycle with a sidecar. Plus, their shirts are also Indian motorcycle shirts. Looks like a crew that you wouldn’t want to mess with. 🙂

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Postcarding Update

Long time no see! Even though it has been awhile since I last posted, the postcard searching and buying has been going strong! I have been focusing on my Dwig cards lately, as I have made a checklist of all his series and I am working through completing it. Life has been busy with work, going to grad school, travel, and getting ready to move, but rest assured, more posts will begin soon!

To hold you over, below are two cards from tuckdb.org. This is a series I stumbled upon in one of my saved searches on eBay, but I don’t own any right now. They are part of the “Window Garden Series” from Tuck, and there is also a “Window Garden Series II.” These postcards were meant to be cut out and then you would have little paper pots with paper flowers in them. Keep your eyes peeled- TuckDB has the estimate for these cards at $75/each!

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Message from a Solider: P.F.C. Arthur Zellner

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“Hello Hank, Hoping everything is fine. Had a chance to visit Brussels, Belgium. What a place. Everything is as modern as New York. Nite clubs and all, and just as expensive. Everytime I opened my mouth it cost me a couple of bucks. Art.”

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Garfield Park Conservatory

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The Garfield Park Conservatory was built in 1908 on 4.5 acres in- guess where- Garfield Park! You can still visit there today, and I have yet to be there.

The card above was mailed to Philadelphia when the conservatory was 9 years old in 1917. It was published by Henry Heininger Co. According to MetroPostcard, the publisher’s “Fac-Simile Hand Painted Nature Views” (noted on the bottom left of the front of the card) were “of course not hand colored but reproduced hand colored work in four color lithography through the use of paper grains. These cards also have a false plate mark.” You can see the “plate mark” on this card- the rectangular ridge around the image.

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This is a real photo postcard of the “Fern House Garfield Park” per the sender. It was postmarked in June 1907, almost exactly 10 years before the first card. But per the Garfield Park Conservatory website, it wasn’t built until 1908. Maybe this was a precursor to the full-blown conservatory during construction?

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