Candid Message: So Many to Write to

The card below was mailed from Melba to her friend, or maybe sister, Marguerite Blaw in Kansas City, Missouri. The year is not visible.

“Dear Marguerite: Hope you will excuse me for not writing sooner, but I could not make up my mind to do it. I have so many to write to. How are you feeling. How is Mama + Mabel? give my love to them With love, Melba.”

Boy, if I was Marguerite, I would feel lucky I made the cut to receive a card from Melba! Good thing she made hr mind up and decided to write to her. Potentially they are sisters, since Melba asked about Mama. Plus, the all “M” theme for first names would be cool- Melba, Marguerite, and Mabel, if she was a sister as well.

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Oldsmobile Advertising

I picked up this Oldsmobile advertising card for my miscellaneous collection when I was at a show in November in New York City. I don’t know if you can tell from the scan, but in person it looked very new and I was surprised to see it was from 1905. The company was less than 10 years old when this card was published. Olds Motor Works was founded in 1897, a few years later was renamed Oldsmobile, and in 1908 became part of General Motors.

$650 for a car, I’ll take it! The handwriting on this card is perfect. Charles P. Adams invited Eugene Randall to call and inspect the 1905 models.

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Brimfield Finds

I went to the antique show/flea market in Brimfield, Massachusetts Thursday-Saturday for the first time. There were postcards aplenty, along with every other item imaginable- tons of dishes, glassware, silverware, dressers, trunks, everything! It was a little overwhelming at first, and we didn’t get to see everything, but I felt happy with my finds.

At the end of the day on Thursday (around 5:00) it started to pour, just as we were heading back to my car. There was a ton of traffic heading out of Brimfield on the main road, so I turned the other way to avoid traffic. This move led me past a building that housed several postcard dealers’ stock. I bought the F. Earl Christy queen of hearts card below, and also from the same set the king of diamonds. The series features 8 schools divided between 4 kings and 4 queens. You can see the queen below is University of Pennsylvania, and the king I got was for University of Chicago. It was a good ending to the only full 8 hour day spent at the show.

The other card I am showing below is not mailed, but there was a message written on the back that says “Mom I picked up this card at Hitlers Bertchersgarten Ellie.” This message, with its incorrect spelling, would be in reference to Hitler’s Eagle Nest in the town of Berchtesgaden. There is no way to verify whether that is real or not, but I added the card to my stack anyway.

In addition to postcards, I also got an awesome Clark Gable movie poster for “Adventure,” his first movie after serving in the Army during WWII, a large picture of a naval class from February 1943 at the Wentworth Institute in Boston, and two Limoges Haviland platters with pink flowers.

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Blackstone Barber Shop

As mentioned in my Back from Chicago post previously, below is the postcard of the Barber Shop in the Blackstone that I thought was lost forever in the mail. Below it is a picture of the Barber Shop that I took when I got to go inside (they keep it locked usually, but we saw it on our tour).

You can see the fountain on the back wall with the clock above it is exactly the same, the light fixtures, etc. You can even see me in my bright orange jacket taking a picture of the room if you look close enough in the mirror. :p The rust circles on the floor in the photo are from where the barber chairs were. However, there are only six rust circles on the floor, and eight chairs shown in the postcard.

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Message from a Soldier: Margaret Wells

Today is the 71st anniversary of VE Day, when Germany’s surrender was formally accepted by Allied forces. Below is a card I have that describes what VE Day was like while in Europe, and is also a rarer example from my collection of a soldier’s mail card that was sent by a woman.1945_0252

“May 10, 1945 We were in Algiers May 6, + on May 8. VE day we were in Marseille- went up Canebiere St. instead of Broadway. People were all out in streets with flags celebrating. Watch N.Y paper I had (my?) picture taken in a group. Rode in an American car out in country to an American air base- once German. Saw and cut some bamboo on the way. Went thru French village.  Now on our way again but not for U.S. yet. Hope soon. Early June may be back. Love Peggy.”

This card was mailed from Lieutenant Margaret Wells. She was on the U.S.A.H.S. Wisteria, which was a hospital ship. She sent the card to her brother and sister-in-law in Maplewood, N.J. The following blurb from the April 1943 issue of The Millburn and Short Hills Item gives some more insight into Margaret’s background prior to joining the service-

“Lt. Margaret Wells of the American Nursing Corps., who is stationed at Fort Hancock and former assistant director of Nurses at the Presbyterian Hospital, N.Y., spent the weekend with her brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Edward H. Wells of 20 Berkeley Road.”

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Message from a Soldier: Bronen Brothers #4

The last Bronen card I posted was postmarked February 23, 1944 from Murry to his parents. Several days later, Murry’s brother Jack sent him a postcard from Greensboro, North Carolina.

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“Dear Murry, nothing doing today, it seems we have the whole day to ourselves. Have you heard from Sid. yet. Jack”

Sid was the third Bronen brother in the service. Jack didn’t include his address or any contact info, but it can probably be assumed he was at the base within Greensboro; the front of this card shows chemical warfare instruction at Basic Training Center #10 in Greensboro. According to an article from WFMY News 2, the Army Air Force Base was for basic training center in 1943, then an overseas replacement depot in 1944. Also, during World War II “Greensboro was the only city to have a military base inside its city limits.”

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May is Here!

May has arrived, and with it no May flowers yet, still showers.😦 It’s one of the first months of the year with real holidays and fun events including Cinco de Mayo, the Kentucky Derby, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, and college graduations.

The Dwig Zodiac card below for May is my favorite month in the series. I love the girl’s braided hair and her dress. The sender didn’t wait until May to mail it, though. This card was postmarked February 12, 1909 with a simple “From K+A” as the message.

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“Do you claim a day in May- Valentine? May I claim that May-day- say, All for mine?”

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