Man in the Moon

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This Dwig card is from series 21, published by Charles Rose. I call this series the Man in the Moon series because all the moons have faces. I think there are only four cards in the series, I only have four and have never seen any other ones for sale anywhere.

The girl has blonde hair, which is part of the reason I like this card so much. It is the card I have always had as my avatar picture on WordPress. I feel like most of Dwig’s fancy girls have dark hair, with the occasional blonde mixed in. It got me thinking, blonde hair probably wasn’t as prevalent in the early 1900s. ;) A quick Google search shows that the first commercial hair dye was invented in 1907, one year before this postcard was published. I know my hair wouldn’t be as blonde without it!

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Message from a Soldier: Cpl. Jack Hamovitz

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This postcard is the steamiest/most scandalous message I have in my collection. I purchased it recently at one of my club meetings. Cpl. Jack Hamovitz sent this card home to his wife in New York.

“Sweetest, This scene I couldn’t see because there was a very long train in the station. On the other side were some prostitutes. I used to wonder why they were patronized but after the joys & pleasures we’ve experienced I can readily understand. However the beauty of our love transcends everything physical. I adore you. Kisses. JACK”

WOW! Imagine sending this message on a postcard where not only the guy who censored it got to read it, but the mailman could have read it too!

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Mermaid Kewpies

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“For the Rainy Day

With twinkling eyes and a cheery smile

And a nose so small and funny,

A Kewpie put by for a rainy day

Is most as good as money!”

I only had one Kewpie card until a week and a half ago when I decided to scoop some up from eBay. I decided that they fit under my artist signed umbrella of postcards, and they are just so cute! This card has mermaid Kewpies and some regular ones playing in the rain. Rose O’Neill cleverly signed her name towards the lower left corner-

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This card was mailed June 16, 1918 from Shelbina, Missouri to Great Falls, Montana.

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Fancy Tea Party

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I bought this card at a postcard meeting a little over a year ago probably, even though it doesn’t fit in with anything I collect. It’s not even postally used. :o It was just one of those cards you come across that is perfect and have to have. The girls are obviously from an upper class family, dressed in their lacy white dresses, big bows in their hair their tea set out. There is potentially a Steiff bear under the table with their dolls and stuffed dog. I love everything about this image!!

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1939 New York World’s Fair- Firestone Exhibit

“The Firestone Building is a striking example of modern architecture, with a great rotunda entrance surmounted by a brilliantly lighted fin, towering 100 feet in the air. It houses a modern tire factory, producing a finished tire every four minutes. Featuring the exhibit is an extensive farmstead which highlights the many and important uses of rubber on the farm. G.W. McLaughlin is the designer. C.D. Smith and Wilbur Watson and Assoc. are the architects.”

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The above quote is printed on the back of the card that features the exterior of the Firestone exhibit at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. The sender of the card noted that have to tell the recipients “much about all these wonderful places.”

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This card of the production line presumably shows where a tire would be made in four minutes. The first two stations on the line can be read easily, mixing and then gum-dipping, and the other parts of the process are mentioned in a printed description on the back of the card.

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This Firestone card shows the Singing Color Fountain at the Firestone exhibit. The color and water would sync to music that was playing.

The video below from archive.org shows amateur footage of the fair. Fast forward to 10:21 and you’ll see people walking into the Firestone building, along with the farm mentioned in the description of the first card. If you look closely you can see the barn in the first card as well. I wrote about the farm only in an earlier blog post with a link to the same video here.

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Summer Furniture

Let’s forget about the impending snowstorm this weekend and stroll through an aisle in the Summer Furniture Exhibit at Marshall Field & Co. It’s a never-ending row of white and green wicker furniture. I especially like the columns of ladies with baskets on their heads next to all the trellises.

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I didn’t even know this card existed until I saw it for sale on eBay. I have never seen another one since then, either. Luckily, it was buy it now so I didn’t have any competition! It goes so perfectly with my other interiors. It is published by V.O. Hammon like all the others, and was mailed August 23, 1915 from Chicago to Peoria.

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Message to a Soldier: Arnold Johansen

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I usually don’t seek out postcards that go from a sender to someone in the military, but sometime around September 2014 I found multiple cards that were mailed from Arnold Johansen, an Apprentice Seaman at the time this card was mailed to him, at the U.S. Naval Training Center  in Great Lakes, Illinois. One card was to his daughter, Dottie, and the rest were to his wife, Ruth. There was also one card from Ruth to Arnold.

Then a couple months ago, the same seller I had purchased these cards from had two more listed. Only one was to Ruth, and the other was to Arnold from his son. The message reads:

“Dear Dad- How are you geting along.Im fine.Will I be glad when you come home I can just see a picture of you walking down the street with the duffle bag over your shoulder. I hope I win the race Im going run tomorrow at the University. Your son Billy”

The handwriting and spelling errors made me think like Billy was a young child, so I turned to census data. Based on 1940 census data for Ruth, Arnold and her had three children in 1940- Thelma (10), Arnold Jr. (8), and Dorothy (0). Perhaps Arnold Jr.’s middle name or nickname was Billy? I don’t think there would have been a 4th child born right after the census that would have been able to write this postcard in 1944. ;)

 

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