Category Archives: Amelia Ayles

Jack Lantern

“A Busy Jack Lantern.” This card was one of Amelia’s, and features a mischievous boy hiding behind a tree with the jack o’lantern on top, making it look like a person. A passerby is so frightened that his hat flew … Continue reading

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Turned into Pumpkins

Here is a Halloween superstition I haven’t seen too often on cards. “If you laugh at a witch on Hallowe’en, you’ll be turned into pumpkins, like the man in this scene.” That is one scary looking witch, with the quintessential … Continue reading

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Spooks

October is the season of Halloween postcards. This artist signed HBG Halloween postcard was one of Amelia’s. “I’m not afraid of spooks, are you? I’m just pretending they are true.” The little boy on the card looks like he is … Continue reading

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Postcard Anniversary

This month marks my four year anniversary of collecting postcards. My first postcard purchase on eBay was actually September 21, 2008 of a schooner in Maine. I had found Amelia’s postcards about a week before that though. Below is one … Continue reading

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Birthplace of Helen Keller

This card from Amelia’s stack (which I actually think was sent to her son- I never scanned the back in) shows the cottage that Helen Keller was born in on her family’s plantation in Tuscumbia, Alabama. The name of the … Continue reading

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‘Tis the Wise that Visit

This card isn’t chastising people who don’t write, but instead people who don’t visit! This threatening owl was sent to Amelia in 1906 from Eva, who I am guessing was a friend of hers. The message on the front starts … Continue reading

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Mary Washington Hospital

The Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, Virginia had its cornerstone laid on April 14, 1899, which was a “piece of the old Mary Washington monument.” The History of the City of Fredericksburg, Virginia was written by Silvanus Jackson Quinn in … Continue reading

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Ox-ygeen and Gas-oleen

This postcard from Amelia’s collection is a play on words, showing the difference between a farmer with his ox and men in an automobile. It says “Ox-ygeen and Gas-oleen “In the Land of the Sky” North Carolina. The Land of … Continue reading

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The Mystery of Real Photo Postcards

We are all familiar with real photo postcards. Sometimes the subject matter is not printed on the front, but referred to in a message on the back. Sometimes the location is stated on the front of the card. But what … Continue reading

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Covent Garden Market

One of Amelia’s cards was of the Covent Garden Market. It was sent to her by a friend in 1910. Since this card was postmarked in London I figured that’s where it was and bam! I found Covent Garden, London’s … Continue reading

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