Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Erie Limited Near Port Jervis, N. Y.

One charming vista after another greets the eye of the traveler on the Erie between New York and Chicago over the scenic route of the East.

This postcard was used for Season's Greetings and has a 1943 Christmas seal on the back.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Map: Idyllic Spreewald

received via Postcrossing in 2015

The Spreewald  is situated about 100 km south-east of Berlin. It was designated a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 1991. It is known for its traditional irrigation system which consists of more than 200 small canals (called "Fließe"; total length: 1,300 km ) within the 484-square-kilometre (187 sq mi) area. The landscape was shaped during the ice-age. Alder forests on wetlands and pine forests on sandy dry areas are characteristic for the region. Grasslands and fields can be found as well. (source: Wikipedia)

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Ricketts Restaurant -- Chicago

"that popular restaurant"
103 East Chicago Avenue
Near Michigan Blvd. 
Recommended by Duncan Hines
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Smorgasbord Sundays (SS) 

Friday, May 22, 2015

New York World's Fair: Standard Brands Building

The flags shown on the face of this card represent only a few of the 118 countries where Standard Brands quality products are sold.


In New York and San Francisco
Look for more World's Fair Postcards on the Postcardy Blog on Fridays.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Dance Marathon

I identified this photo postcard as a dance marathon on the basis of the sign in the upper left corner "THEY HAVE BEEN GOING 479 HOURS." That's nearly 20 days!

HistoryLink.org has an excellent article Dance Marathons of the 1920s and 1930s.
Dance Marathons (also called Walkathons), an American phenomenon of the 1920s and 1930s, were human endurance contests in which couples danced almost non-stop for hundreds of hours (as long as a month or two), competing for prize money. Dance marathons originated as part of an early-1920s, giddy, jazz-age fad for human endurance competitions such as flagpole sitting and six-day bicycle races. Dance marathons persisted throughout the 1930s as partially staged performance events, mirroring the marathon of desperation Americans endured during the Great Depression. In these dance endurance contests, a mix of local hopefuls and seasoned professional marathoners danced, walked, shuffled, sprinted, and sometimes cracked under the pressure and exhaustion of round-the-clock motion.
The blog Blondie Cuts a Rug has another informative article with the same title, and many photos from dance marathons.

I don't know when or where the dance marathon on my postcard occurred. The names Rustic Inn, Eddie, and Cloris could be clues. A couple of Eddies are listed on the Dance Marathons page of Dance history Archives, but Eddie is a common name. Rustic Inn is also a fairly common name that is still in use at a variety of places.  I found the postcard in Minnesota, so Minnesota is a possibility. I checked a page about Minnesota marathon dances. There are some interesting photos there, but nothing like this.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Late Show with David Letterman

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with David Letterman
The Cure for Olympic Fever
Weeknights on CBS

Tonight May 20, 2015 is the last Late Show with David Letterman. I must admit that I haven't watched the show much, but I will still miss it. I will try to stay awake for the whole last show. I probably shouldn't watch it in bed. Watching TV in bed almost always makes me fall asleep . . . zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Dining Car on the Pere Marquettes Streamliner

The PERE MARQUETTES, operating between Detroit, Lansing and Grand Rapids, are the first postwar streamliners to present novel dining cars with tables set diagonally into alcoves along the wall. Waitresses and elimination of tipping are among other distinctive Pere Marquette dining features.

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