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.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Map: Bahama Islands

This map gives the tourists to the Bahamas a comprehensive idea of the hundreds of small islands that make up the Bahama group. The New Providence Island while not the largest, is the most populated and visited by thousands yearly, because of quaint, beautiful Nassau.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Early Postal Motor Vehicles

This stamp shows one of the first official gasoline-powered vehicle used by the United States Post Office Department for the collection of mail from street letterboxes. The stamp is one of four 25-cent Classic Mail Transportation commemorative stamps issued November 19, 1989. All four stamps were shown on a previous post on maximum cards issued by the USPS here.

This Maximum card is ©1989 The Maximum Card Collection, A Division of Unicover Corporation. Another early postal vehicle, a mail wagon of the 1920s, is shown on the maximum card.

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

Friday, September 12, 2014

GGIE: Railway Express Agency

An outstanding example of the use of fluorescent paint and black light in depicting a "Century of Service" in vacationland at the Golden Gate International Exposition.

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

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Prohibition in the United States and Canada

Prohibition in the United States was a nationwide Constitutional ban on the sale, production, importation, and transportation of alcoholic beverages that remained in place from 1920 to 1933. It was promoted by "dry" crusaders movement, led by rural Protestants and social Progressives in the Democratic and Republican parties, and was coordinated by the Anti-Saloon League. Prohibition was mandated under the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution … Nationwide Prohibition ended with the ratification of the Twenty-first Amendment, which repealed the Eighteenth Amendment, on December 5, 1933. (Source: Wikipedia)

The next two postcards offer a humorous view of the prohibition era in the United States.

The next two postcards are from the time (circa 1929-1930) when prohibition was still in effect throughout the United States, but had ended in most Canadian provinces.

Prohibition in Canada was not as long-lasting or widespread as it was in the U. S. National prohibition was part of the War Measures Act in 1918. After the war, alcohol regulations were primarily a provincial responsibility. The provinces repealed their prohibition laws at different times, mostly during the 1920s. The table below shows the dates that prohibition was in effect in the different provinces of Canada. (Source: Wikipedia)

Note: The Sepia Saturday prompt image this week is a photograph taken in Alberta 1916--the same year that prohibition was enacted in Alberta.

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Monday, September 8, 2014