I finally found a postally used March Dwig Zodiac card on eBay. I know I am a month early in posting it, but it was too exciting. Now, I only need January and my series will be complete!


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Happy for Family Photo

What I love about the card below is the three different facial expressions of the children. The boy on the right makes the card, it looks like he’s thinking “I’m too cool for this.” The girl in the middle looks mad, but she’s trying to hold it in, whereas the girl on the left is in the middle of saying “What are we doing?” The dog is just chilling and trying to have a nice family picture.

It was mailed in June 1908 from Falconer, New York to Randolph, New York. The message references Helen, Ethel, and Clarence being sick with the measles, which are probably the three children on the front of the card. It all started with Myrtle, who was perhaps a cousin or another sibling not shown below.


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Message from a Solider: Lt. R.L. Roudebush


“Dear Glad- Thought this might add to your collection. Letter following Yours, Bob.”

This is a pretty basic message, however the interesting thing about this card is that is was postmarked in Okinawa (A.P.O. 902 at the time it was mailed). Out of the approximately 2,000 soldier’s mail cards I have, this might be the only card I have that was mailed from the Pacific Theater, most likely because it was mailed after Japan’s announcement of surrender.

August 6, 1945- Hiroshima bombed

August 9, 1945- Nagasaki bombed

August 15, 1945- Japan announces surrender (V-J Day)

August 22, 1945- Bob Roudebush mails postcard from Okinawa

September 2, 1945- Japan signs formal surrender agreement

September 4, 1945- Gladys Halsey receives Bob’s postcard

Below is the front of the card. It looks like farmers chopping down trees, and I have no idea what the text on the bottom translates as.


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Cy De Vry

It’s finally here, my post about Cy De Vry that’s been in the queue for months.

There is a very common card published by V.O. Hammon (pulling the image from CardCow below since I don’t own it for some reason) that shows Cy De Vry and Senator the lion in Lincoln Park, Chicago.

Cy De Vry And Senator In Lincoln Park Chicago Illinois

One day on eBay I found one of my now FAVORITE cards, which is a real photo card showing De Vry with two girls petting Senator. It was mailed on May 31, 1909 with the message “”Senator” was the lioness that Bob Fitzsimmons used in training.”


Bob Fitzsimmons was a British boxer, the first person to be a triple world champion. He even knocked out Jack Dempsey. He had a pet lion named Senator, perhaps this Senator, because what are the chances that there are two Bob Fitzsimmons’ out there with two lions named Senator.

But back to Cy.  He was the first director of the Lincoln Park Zoo, and reading through various articles about him, he sounds like quite the expert. A 1924 issue of Boys’ Life received the question “Where can I obtain a lemur?” The answer was “A dealer in monkeys should be able to secure one for you…Write Mr. Cy de Vry of the Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, Ill.; he may be able to help you.” A Google image search reveals him with peccaries, elephants, monkeys, and more. Click here to see Cy holding baby beavers (which is my favorite part of the Lincoln Park zoo today!)

In 1912, under Cy’s supervision, a $160,000 animal palace began construction, built out of brick per his suggestion. “Mr. Lion and Mrs. Lion will will roar their approval of the new home. Mr. Tiger will do the same- only he will not roar- and the other ‘pets’ I know so well surely will find a way to show their appreciation,” he’s quoted as saying.

In 1915, Cy almost left Chicago when he was offered a salary of $7,800 per year from Col. William N. Selig, “the man who invented Hollywood.” Petitions came in for him to stay, and he decided to stay at Lincoln Park Zoo for $5,000 a year. More powerful than the petitions, though, was a boy who asked Cy if he was Cy De Vry, because if so, he wanted to shake hands with him.

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Message from a Soldier: Pvt. Arthur Elsasser Jr.


“Hello kids Here is a distant view of our barracks, not ours but what ours looks like. They’re all alike. Just thought I’d let you know we don’t sleep in tents here. They couldn’t be tents, they have glass windows. So long ‘Moe.'” Moe also circled a spot on his card and wrote “Pardon, I was eating candy.”

Not sure where the nickname Moe came from, since his name is Arthur R. Elsasser. He was 19 years old when he mailed this card and enlisted in the Army for less than two months. The civilian occupation listed with his draft record is “locomotive firemen.” Moe passed away in 1972, and a picture of his gravestone shows his rank and battalion.

Below is the front of the card with the barracks he was referring to at Fort Leonard Wood.


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This week has been busy at work, and I have been busy packing because I am going away tomorrow. This will be me all of next week (minus the navy part)-


I am going on a cruise, so I can’t wait to be in the sunshine with some drinks that have umbrellas in them. See you next weekend!

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Message from a Soldier: Bronen Brothers #7

The next Bronen brothers card was mailed September 9, 1944. It is from the batch of newer Bronen cards I got at my club’s show in the beginning of December.

Jack mailed the card to their parents from Scott Field in Illinois. “Dear Mom + Pop, Nothing happening here, write what kind of room you want. Regards to everyone. Love, Jack.”

I wonder if the Bronen parents were going out to visit Jack, and he was going to book them a hotel room? Not too sure what else that could mean.


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