Friday, November 28, 2014

Beautiful Aquatennial Parade



This postcard doesn't identify the year of the float in the description on the back. through the internet, I was able to discover that it is the 1957 Dayton's department store prize winning float. If you look closely, you can see the Dayton's name on the front of the float near the bottom right of the postcard.

Dayton's was the leading department store in Minneapolis for many years. The Dayton's building is still in downtown Minneapolis, and it is still a department store. But now it is a Macy's and the only department store in downtown Minneapolis. I'm not sure it should even be called a department store, because it is missing many of the "departments" formerly found in department stores.

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NYWF: Frank Buck's Wild Animal Show



FRANK BUCK
"BRING 'EM BACK ALIVE"
PERSONALLY PRESENTS AT THE 
NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR THE GREATEST
WILD ANIMAL SHOW EVER PRODUCED


CELEBRATE THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE 1939-40 WORLD'S FAIRS
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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Patriotic Thanksgiving Greetings




These two postcards are part of a patriotic Thanksgiving series 239, copyright 1908 P.Sander, N.Y. I especially like the design on the first card with Miss Columbia and Uncle Sam, though both scenes are really quite ridiculous and pure fantasy by an artist who doesn't seem to know what to include on a Thanksgiving table.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Photo Greetings from the 1950s



This is a real photo greetings postcard from 1952. It is quite unusual because private photo greetings postcards were rarely used at that time. Photo greeting cards were common, but they normally were the kind made to be sent in an envelope and had a photo printed on a white background with standard holiday greetings printed in the white space (see below for an example from flickr.)

My postcard was mailed in December 1952, just a few weeks after the baby was born. It served both as Holiday Greetings and a Birth Announcement. The back has a handwritten message giving all the family's names and the baby's birth date. The first and last names are common, but the unusual middle name of the baby enabled me to find all three children's names listed together in an online obituary for the father.

Below is an example from flickr of the common type of photo greeting cards.





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GGIE: Levi Strauss Overalls



A 100% mechanical rodeo. It talks. Its figures are all hand-carved likenesses of famous rodeo people. and they're all dressed in authentic Western togs . . . miniature replicas of garments made in California since 1853 by Levi Strauss & company. Don't miss it . . . the hit of the Golden Gate International Exposition . . . located in Vacationland.

CELEBRATE THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE 1939-40 WORLD'S FAIRS
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Monday, November 17, 2014

Map: Pennsylvania Turnpike



Throughout the entire length of the Turnpike gasoline service stations and restaurants are located on both sides of the roadway at staggered points. The stations provided by the Standard Oil Co. of Penna. are unique and de luxe. They are built along early Pennsylvania architectural lines. The adjoining attractive restaurants are operated by the famous Howard Johnson.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

American Painting -- William M. Harnett



The ninth stamp in the annually issued American Painting Series was placed on sale at Boston, Massachusetts, on December 3, 1969. The stamp depicted the painting "Old Models" by William M. Harnett which is held in the collection of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. This painting is painted in the trompe l'oeil style. Trompe-l'œil (French for "deceive the eye") is an art technique that uses realistic imagery to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects exist in three dimensions.

"Old Models" features typical subject matter painted by Harnett. He owned a collection of musical instruments and often used them as props. This painting was painted shortly before Harnett died in 1892 and  is considered one of his best compositions.

The violin was also depicted in Harnett's 1886 painting, "The Old Violin," featured in the video below. (Note: that painting also includes a stamped envelope. Video best viewed in full screen mode.)






This is a post for Sunday Stamps at Viridian's Postcard Blog