Twelvetrees Yale Football



This Yale football cupid is signed by Charles Twelvetrees, and was published by Ullman in 1909. It is a scarcer Twelvetrees card, and there is a Harvard card like this that is part of the same series. I have only seen the Harvard card listed on eBay once before, and have never seen any other schools that would go along with the series.

The cheer at the bottom is in ancient Greek, and originates from “The Frogs” by Aristophanes.

Posted in Charles Twelvetrees | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Best Wishes for a Happy Hallowe’en

CLAPHLWN_0035Halloween is only 15 short days away! What better way to start counting down than by looking at Halloween postcards. This unsigned Ellen Clapsaddle Halloween card was mailed October 25, 1921 from Millbury, Massachusetts to Block Island, Rhode Island. It’s not a very involved card, the only Halloween elements are the Jack O’Lantern and mask the child has taken off. I paid less than $20 for it at the Allentown Paper Show a year or so ago, a pretty good deal!

Posted in Ellen Clapsaddle, Holidays | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

U.S.S. New Mexico

U.S.S. New Mexico

I recently won several lots of cards that were mailed from a sailor to his wife and children during WWII, and one of the cards was this RPPC of the U.S.S. New Mexico. The U.S.S. New Mexico was around to see both great wars. She was close to the U.S. throughout World War I after being commissioned in 1918, but did get to bring Woodrow Wilson home from the Paris Peace Conference in 1919. The end was near after being hit by a Kamikaze at Okinawa in 1945, and she was sold off for scrap several years later.

The battleship was not in Battleship Row during Pearl Harbor, but later came in as a reinforcement. Today, there is a submarine named the U.S.S. New Mexico.

Posted in Military | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Museum of Science and Industry

Museum of Science and Industry

When I was in Chicago in the beginning of the month I went to Jackson Park for the first time. I went to do a free walking tour of the grounds of the 1893 Columbian Exposition given by Friends of the White City. I got down there almost two hours early and explored around the Museum of Science and Industry. I didn’t go in the museum, but it is the most beautiful place I have seen in any city I’ve been to. Plus, it was a really beautiful day out while I was down there.

The above card doesn’t look too exciting, right? There’s also a card on my post of Jackson Park from 2011 here. But below are pictures I took while I was there.

photo 1 (2)

View of the back of the museum. While I was standing on the steps of the building I ran into a security guard who was telling me more about the museum, and he said they do events out there.

photo 5

The back of the museum, off to the right-hand side.

photo 4 (2)

View while standing on the back steps.

photo 3 (2)

Close up of back with what I am calling “statue columns” are. They were also along each side of the building.

Clearly, non-photographic postcards don’t do the museum justice. A quick refresher on the museum that I also had in my other post- this was the Palace of Fine Arts during the 1893 Columbian Exposition. Before becoming the Museum of Science and Industry 1933, it was the Field Museum of Natural History.

Posted in Chicago | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Holland National Cupid

I am down to only needing one more National Cupid after getting Holland for my birthday back in July. This guy was mailed to Louis Lazarus in Cincinnati from his mom in New York City in 1907. On the front of the card, she asked Louis if he had any from this series. Notice the wooden shoes he is wearing, very cute!

Posted in Charles Twelvetrees | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Message from a Soldier: P.F.C. Dwight Rist


This card that has a printed message about coming home from World War II is the only card of its kind in my collection. P.F.C. Dwight Rist mailed this card from the New York Port of Embarkation home to his mother in Scottdale, Pennsylvania. The space where he was able to write his own message says:

“Came home on Queen Mary. Going to Camp Kilmer, N.J. tonight for several days + then to Indiantown Gap for my discharge. Should take from 3-7 days. See you soon.”

Can you imagine how happy his mom was to receive this card?! She finally knew he was home back in the U.S.A. after he sent this.

Posted in Military Messages | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

I’m Back!

Since July 27, I have spent 24 days away between Las Vegas, Florida, and Chicago. I just got back from Chicago on Monday night. And now summer is over!

Accept my apologies by looking at a comparison of this postcard of the Conservatory in Lincoln Park, Chicago, to a picture I took on Sunday. I saw ferns and all different kinds of palms and flowers while walking around inside. This undivided back postcard was mailed in 1907, less than 20 years after it was built.



Conservatory Today

Posted in Chicago | Tagged , , | 3 Comments