Ship Ann?

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I really do not understand the handwritten caption on this one which appears to say,  “Ship Ann?”  Was Ann the little girl in the photo? Did she like ships? But she’s adorable in her big hat, standing on the shore. This postcard was found along with the prior post entitled “One Of My Favorite Stunts” and most certainly appears to have been written by the same person.

Undivided back, Real Photo Postcard, unused with writing. CYKO stamp box shows “Prints at Night” and “Place Postage Stamp Here.” 1904.

Price:  $4.00     Size:  About 5 and 1/2 x 3 and 1/8″

One Of My Favorite Stunts

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” ‘Jen’   One of my favorite stunts.   Ted.  1904″

Click on the front of this postcard view, then click once more to get the best look at this photo. It shows a young man riding a bicycle while balancing on his shoulder a tall ladder – sideways. Not an easy thing to do! The photo’s unusual border is sort of like a puzzle piece. This postcard, and the following one under the title “Ship Ann?” appear to have both been written by Ted.

Undivided back, Real Photo Postcard, unused with writing. CYKO stamp box shows “Prints at Night” and “Place Postage Stamp Here.” 1904.

Price:  $4.00      Size:  About 5 and 1/2 x 3 and 1/8″

Another View Of The Agua Caliente

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“A quaint escalera leads to the cool, shaded galleria from which one may view the Avenida de las Palmas, Agua Caliente.”

See prior post for more information.

Divided back, unused, artist-signed postcard. Artist:  John Paul Burnham. Publisher information:  Copyright 1929 L.G.S.

Price:  $12.00

Entrada of the Agua Caliente Hotel

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“Entrada of the Agua Caliente Hotel where scenes of Old World loveliness have been reproduced.”

This, and the following post, are two more artist-signed postcards by John Paul Burnham that we’ve recently come across. See our first post for this artist for more regarding the hotel.

Divided back, unused, artist-signed postcard. Artist:  John Paul Burnham. Publisher information: Copyright 1929 L.G.S.

Price:  $12.00

Anton Plotěný

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“Anton Plotěný – 2nd oldest. Served in, and was a prisoner of war in Italy at the last stages of it. In some kind of uniform but I cannot remember what. Blacksmith of trade. Please send back as I have no duplicate.”

This photo was a “must have” – for one, because of the identifying information given (which is so often missing) and secondly so we could help this young man’s image continue to survive, especially after the care expressed by the writer above, and especially in the hopes that his descendents might find this post and recognize him. It was found at an antique paper fair in California, and probably had been originally obtained from an estate sale. The Plotěný surname is probably of Czech origin. And since WWI was 1914 – 1918, this photo was likely either taken during this time or before the war. He does appear to have been quite young here, probably in his late teens or very early twenties.

Real Photo Postcard, possibly of Czech origin. Circa 1910 – 1918.

Price:  $15.00

The Suspender Skirt

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Here’s a beautiful young woman with a regal bearing, seated in an ornate wicker settee. She wears a long sleeved blouse with a ruffled collar and cuffs, and what is called a suspender skirt, according to the very helpful website that we visit from time to time, Past Patterns. This type of skirt had a high waistline and is described as  “made with or without the plain suspenders or suspender bodice.”  It was popular from about 1915 – 1916.

Divided back, unused Real Photo Postcard. AZO stamp box. Circa 1915 – 1916.

Price:  $12.00

Source:  #6204:  Ladies’ Five-Gored Suspender Skirt:  Circa 1915 – 1916. Saundra Ros Altman’s:  Past Patterns. Web accessed March 22, 2015.

A Night Out In Riga, Latvia

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A pretty special night out, by the looks of it! This Real Photo Postcard shows a photo of an older couple dressed in formal wear, holding hands and smiling for the camera. The lovely woman is blond and wears a dark gown with a v-neck and short sleeves in what appears to be velvet, with a reverse underside of satin. She is holding up the train of the gown as a satin backdrop to show off her beautiful evening bag. Her partner is wearing glasses, dark suit with tails, and a white shirt and bow tie. His lapel shows a pin that resembles a Maltese cross.

The back of the postcard shows a diamond-shape with some wording below a certain design (a seal and a fish?) but the wording there is too light to read properly, unless perhaps one reads Latvian. Underneath the diamond print is  “Zigfr. Meierovica bulv. 2, dz. 3, tēl. 30242.”  This indicates an address on Zigfrīda Annas Meierovica bulvāris (Siegfried Anna Meierovica Boulevard) located in the Central District of Rīga, Latvia, and then of course showing the phone number. Several guesses for the photo come to mind. Since the Astor Riga Hotel seems to have been close by, was this couple part of the hotel’s entertainment, or could they have just been enjoying a night out there? Or were they diplomat and wife, dressed up for a formal embassy engagement?

The publisher’s name is probably what is showing running sideways, in script on the back. It looks like it is “Argenta” ? or something close to this; as this is also not fully readable. But in any case, it’s a beautiful photo and the first Latvian postcard we’ve come across!

Divided back, unused Latvian postcard. Circa 1940s – 1950s.

Price:  $15.00


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I love this candid photo. What a great expression this guy has! It makes you happy just to look at him – his carefree, confident grin caught for the camera, as he walks down the street. The year is about 1941, and the place, presumably a city somewhere in Mexico. We see several others out and about, and some advertising, though the ads would be difficult to completely decipher. The back of the card indicates  “Kodak Mexicana, Ltd.”  and the stamp box shows EKC and Sello. identifies this stamp box as being from 1941, and we can see the clothing and hair styles fitting this general time frame. The guy on the right wears a double-breasted suit jacket. The main subject of the photo in suit and tie wears a thin mustache….But that smile!

Divided back, unused Real Photo Postcard. Mexico, circa 1941. Kodak Mexicana, Ltd. EKC with Sello stamp box.

Price:  $3.00

The Cozy Corner Bar, Havana Cuba

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The address and telephone number printed above were the keys to finding the location of The Cozy Corner Bar, Cafe Cantina. The proprietors are listed as Fred. M. Bernoth and Ramon Rodriguez, and they were offering a “select stock of liqueurs”  “private sitting rooms where you will not be molested” and music in the evenings. They were located at 10 Paula, opposite the Munson Line docks, in Havana, Cuba. This address with the same phone number (M-5288) was at one time under the name of Maggie’s Bar and Jiggs Cafe, according to a Worthpoint article from an online seller (item was sold in 2009) describing a trade card from his or her grandfather’s memorabilia. Said trade card was estimated to be from about 1933, and the author explained,  “Maggie’s Bar and Jiggs Cafe was a club and eatery operated by Pat Cody, an Irish transplant from New York City, who during the US Prohibition-era moved his popular NYC saloon, Jigg’s Uptown Bar, and relocated to Havana, Cuba.”  Like the Cozy Corner card, Cody’s ad also had some misspellings, but more importantly showed  “Select Stock of Liqueur’s”  with that same punctuation error, and that they had music in the evenings. It seems likely then that The Cozy Corner became Maggie’s/Jiggs or vice versa.

7,000 Bars

Click the above for a fascinating article from Difford’s Guide for Discerning Drinkers, which highlights the effect that U.S. Prohibition had on club owners in the States:  “Estimates suggest there were some 7,000 bars in 1920s Havana”,   and informs that even before the Prohibition Amendment Havana was considered to be the “Paris of the Caribbean.”

Trade card from Havana, Cuba. Circa 1920s – 1930s.

Condition:  slight creasing at the top left corner and right side, and a crease at the bottom left corner.

Price:  $30.00     Size:  About 3 and 7/8 x 3″

Sources:  Jiggs Cafe/Maggie’s Bar Havana Cuba 1933 card Jigg’s. Worthpoint. Web accessed March 21, 2015. []

7,000 bars in Havana:  When American bartenders invaded Cuba. Difford’s Guide. July 31, 2013. Web accessed March 21, 2015. []

Accept All Good Wishes

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“This is me don’t it look like me”  is the sender’s caption at the top of the card. Wonder if there was a striking resemblance or this was said jokingly, but in either case knowing what the postcard sender thought about the card’s design is an unexpected bonus. If this one reminds you of Ireland you are not alone, as the postmarked date is March 16th. I thought “Ireland” when I saw it, and maybe the sender did, too. The design shows a beautiful young woman in profile, her strawberry blonde hair covered by a hooded cape in the palest of green. She wears a white Grecian-looking dress with a posy of purple flowers tucked just above the waist. The cape is bordered in purple and the hood’s decorative flowered ribbon is flowing in the breeze. The background is a country scene of green fields, a river and a red-roofed house….The sender writes:

“A. G. Cal. Mar. 16, 1922. My Dear Neice & all Hope you are all fine, as for our part we are just fine. We sure have been haveing lots of rain and is raining here to-day. Our baby is getting along fine and may[?] God bless him and all. his name is Tony Marcelino[?] Perry. So this is all for this time, I’ll write you a letter, but let me no the address.  Your Antie. Mrs. M. M. Perry.”

“A. G. Cal.”  is Arroyo Grande, California, and the sender had it right on one of her other guesses – Petaluma is in Sonoma County. It looks like it got there, though. The card is addressed to:   “Miss Mary Azevedo, Petaluma, Marin County, Calif. c/o Mr. P. J. Azevedo.”

Not seeing the forest for the trees…

Ha, in scrutinizing the handwriting, I hadn’t even noticed the profusion of clovers in the embossing. Maybe it was produced with St. Patrick’s Day or Ireland in mind. In any case, it was very clever of the artist or publisher to show the embossed view on the back.

The 1930 Federal Census taken in Petaluma, shows Mary C. Azevedo, single, born in California about 1904, age 26 (so about age 18 when she received the postcard) living with her widowed father, Peter Azevedo, born in Portugal about 1878; and her siblings, sister-in-law, and two nieces.

The postcard sender appears to be Mary Aeraeis (spelling varies – this is the spelling on the 1910) who married Manual Perry. The 1910 census taken in Tomales, Marin County, CA shows George Azevedo, head of a large household, with his wife and children; his partner, the aforementioned Peter J. Azevedo; his wife Lucia; Peter and Lucia’s daughter Mary (the postcard recipient); Manual Perri, employee of the Azevedos, born Portugal about 1886; Mary Aeraeis, born California about 1893; and others.

Divided back, embossed, used postcard. Postmarked March 16, 1922 from Arroyo Grande, California. Printed in Germany.

Price:  $12.00

Sources:  Year: 1930; Census Place: Petaluma, Sonoma, California; Roll: 222; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 0033; Image: 381.0; FHL microfilm: 2339957. (

Year: 1910; Census Place: Tomales, Marin, California; Roll: T624_88; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 0053; FHL microfilm: 1374101. (