Sunday, September 28, 2014

China Stamp Agency

This is a card (not a postcard) commemorating the opening of the China Stamp Agency in North America in 1981. The attached stamp is titled "Amphora with Apricot Blossom." It is one in a series of six Chinese Ceramics stamps issued April 15, 1981.

The China Stamp Agency in North America is now found at, along with stamp agencies for some other countries.

This stamp is the most colorful one in the series:

source: postbeeld

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

Friday, September 26, 2014

GGIE: Peacemakers Mural

In the Court of Pacifica is the Statue dotted Fountain of Western Waters. The small statues symbolize the races of the Pacific Basin. In the background is the great carved mural — "Peacemakers", flanked by the names of the world's boldest explorers.

Look for more World's Fair Postcards on the Postcardy Blog on Fridays.

To view past World's Fair posts, click here or on the exposition label.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Stage Door Canteen

These three postcards advertise The American Theatre Wing Stage Door Canteen and its radio show sponsored by Corn Products Refining Company, producers of dextrose sugar. The artwork is by Barney Tobey, a longtime New Yorker Magazine cartoonist

The original Stage Door Canteen was opened in New York in 1942 by the American Theatre Wing as a center for military personnel to socialize with, be entertained and served by theatrical celebrities. It was staffed by Broadway performers and was in the in the basement of the 44th Street Theatre. The Stage Door Canteen operated for three and a half years and inspired a weekly radio show on the Columbia Network, a 1943 musical film, and a popular song called "I Left My Heart at the Stage Door Canteen." Similar canteens were also established in other cities.

The advertising on the backs of these postcards is shown below. One card has the first ad, and two cards have the second ad.

Dextrose sugar is a sweetener derived  from corn starch. During the World War II years it was promoted as All-American. Dextrose: All-American Corn Sugar shows several Life Magazine ads promoting dextrose and describes the promotion effort as follows:
The problem in the 1940s is: how is the corn refining industry going to transform their cheap sugar substitute, something that food processors don’t even want consumers to know they are using, into a desirable commodity? Answer: by using advertising to rebrand Dextrose as the patriotic, scientific, nurturing alternative to that other sweet stuff.

The first video below is a movie clip, and the second is a recording of the song "I Left My Heart at the Stage Door Canteen."

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Girl Scout Camp Tents

These are the fronts and backs of some official Girl Scout Camp Post Cards showing tents. These postcards date from the 1940s. Two of them have messages written by campers. The first one was sent from Buffalo, Minnesota in 1942. There was a Camp Greenwood at Buffalo which had been there since 1925 and was mentioned as closing in a 2010 article Waving Goodbye to Girl Scout Camps. This was one of many Girl Scout camps that have closed in recent years.

The third postcard was sent from Bovey, Minnesota in 1947. Bovey is a small city in northern Minnesota. I was not able to find any references to a Girl Scout camp there.

The tents shown on the postcards are platform tents. They appear to be like the ones that my old Girl Scout troop used for overnight camping. The photo below shows one of those tents.

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New York World's Fair: Zucca's Restaurant

Zucca's Italian Garden was a popular restaurant located at 116-118-120 West 49th Street in New York's Midtown district. Rita Zucca, the Italian-American daughter of the restaurant's owner, became famous for broadcasting Axis propaganda from Italy to Allied troops in Italy and North Africa during World War II.

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To view past World's Fair posts, click here or on the exposition label.