Laramie, Wyoming, Circa 1921

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This commercial type Real Photo Postcard shows the east side of Second Street, looking south, in Laramie, Wyoming. The postmark is from May of 1921 so the photo may have been taken that year, or the year before, or so.

The businesses that are showing up in the photo are the First State Bank; above the bank is Dr. Sawyer, dentist – this building is at Thornburg (now Ivinson) and Second St.; next door is the clothing store of Frank J. Terry – the name at the top on this building is Simon Durlacher, a very prominent clothier who died in 1893; next to the clothing store is Bendt’s Bakery; next to the bakery is a business of unknown origin; next to them we can see a sign that looks like it might say Drugs. Further down and on the corner of the next block we can see a large Western Union sign.

A little more detail…

The dentist was Dr. Clifford J. Sawyer, his business address on the 1922 city directory is 202 Thornburg. Simon Durlacher died in June of 1893, but the building bearing his name  at 203 S. 2nd St. (built in the 1870s) housed clothing stores for almost a hundred years. Nels Bendt, a Danish immigrant, owned Bendt Bakery (205 S. 2nd St.) …Here’s a great virtual tour of historic downtown Laramie by the Albany County Tourism Board at

We are right there…

The cars are wonderful to look at, are all of them Model Ts? There are a number of pedestrians, including a guy in a cowboy hat, and two boys who are hanging out at the corner on Thornburg. We see a couple of bicycles – one in front of the bank and the other across the street, on the bottom right of the photo. And at the bank’s entrance, tucked inside the protected entrance way, is a baby carriage – assuredly Baby is inside the bank with Mom! We also notice a couple of multi-globed street lights, and a globed traffic divider that says “Keep To Right” that is set up in the middle of the dirt road. The sidewalks are paved though. All in all a wonderful photo. Don’t you feel like you’re right there?

Cold as H…

Not to forget the sender’s message – it’s short but great:   “Cold as H and Snowed yesterday – J.”  Note that the card is postmarked May 8th. It was addressed to:   “Geo. Hume, Box 122, Sacramento Calif.”

Divided back, used Real Photo Postcard. Postmarked May 8, 1921 from Laramie, Wyoming. Series or number a[?] 6.

Price:  $35.00

Sources:  R.L. Polk & Co.’s Laramie City and Albany County Directory, 1922-1923. Vol. 6, p 94. ( U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989)

R.L. Polk & Co.’s Laramie City and Albany County Directory, 1920-1921. Vol. 5, p 20. ( U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989)

Historic Downtown Laramie:  Wyoming’s Hometown. Albany County Tourism Board, 2008. Web accessed March 6, 2015.

It Is Certainly Great Around Weitzer, Colorado

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“It is Certainly Great Around

Weitzer, Colo.

But it Needs

You to Make it Heaven”

Gone but never forgotten…

This one was unexpectedly interesting because Weitzer, Colorado is no longer on the map. Thanks to COGenWeb which lists Colorado places by county, and their former names (if any).  Weitzer was located in the county of Otero, and was renamed Vroman in 1918, which would have been sometime in the calendar year after this postcard was sent. Vroman is located on U.S. Highway 50, about six miles west of Rocky Ford. Continuing about 47miles west on Highway 50 (from Vroman) is the city of Pueblo.

Vroman and Rocky Ford Map

Name origin…

There is a Frederick Weitzer and family in 1900, living in Precinct 4, Rocky Ford, Otero County. Frederick was born April 1865 in Germany. His occupation was Manager of a Beet Sugar Factory. With him are his wife, Alma, born May 1875 in Iowa; and their daughter Eleanor, born Nebraska in 1899. Also in the household is domestic help Minnie Mauska, born May 1881 in Germany. Some more digging (no pun intended!) finds Frederick Weitzer as manager of the America Beet Sugar Company. A further search brings confirmation:  According to an article by Ruth M. Grenard:

“In 1891, a small original woodframed school building was constructed approximately 5 miles west of Rocky Ford. That location was near a railroad siding bearing the name Wietzer, the railroad siding having been named after Fred Wietzer, a former Manager of the Norfolk, Nebraska, sugar beet factory who subsequently became the first manager of the American Beet Sugar Company in Rocky Ford.”  The article goes on to describe the various Weitzer and Vroman schools. But getting to the reason for the name change,  “The railroad siding name was also changed to Vroman, in honor of well-known land owners, agricultural promoters, and ranchers who came to the area in the 1870s. This change in name was also because of the political climate, in that a German name seemed less politically correct because of the involvement of our country in WWI.”

Big with beets…

From the Denver Post, dated January 19, 1906,  “A formal contract has been drawn between committee and citizens of Las Animas and Frederick Weitzer, manager of the American Beet Sugar Company, whereby, in consideration of 2,500 acres of beets for the year 1906 and 5,000 acres for the years 1907, 1908, and 1909, to be grown in the vicinity of Las Animas, the American Beet Sugar Company agrees to construct a 600-ton beet-sugar factory here for the 1907 crop and to add a railroad spur from Las Animas east and west for a distance of about 10 miles each way. These spurs are to be connected with similar spurs built out of Lamar and Rocky Ford, thus forming a through line. All is to be completed by 1907. The American Beet Sugar Company is to provide a large bond to insure the construction of the road and fulfillment of its contact.”
(U.S. Agriculture publication on the beet sugar industry.)

As for the sender of the postcard, they (name unreadable) wrote:

“8/13/17. Dear Ella. Just a few lines to let you all know that I am feeling Better at present. Hoping these few lines finds you all well. good By  [?]”

The card is another of the many in the Alice Ellison Collection, and addressed to  “Miss Ella Ellison, 1314 F St, Sacramento Calif.”

No other postcards are showing up at the time of this post for Weitzer, Colorado, so this is a bit of a rare find, but any reasonable offer will be accepted. See the prior post for another from this same publisher.

Divided back, used postcard. Postmarked August 15, 1917 from Weitzer, Colorado. Publisher initials:  A.P.C. Company. Number or series 2106.

Price:  $25.00

Sources:  Colorado Places by County, W-Z. COGenWeb. Accessed March 2, 2015. []

Year: 1900; Census Place: Precinct 4, Otero, Colorado; Roll: 127; Page: 15A; Enumeration District: 0081; FHL microfilm: 1240127. (

Google map showing Vroman and Rocky Ford, Colorado. Web accessed March 3, 2015.

Saylor, Charles F. Progress of the Beet-Sugar Industry of the United States in 1905. U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. p. 86. Web accessed March 3, 2015.

Grenard, Ruth M. “Rural Schools In The Rocky Ford Area Served A Great Need From 1871 On. Washington Primary School. Web accessed March 3, 2015. []

Wishing For You In Augusta, Michigan

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“I Broke My Wishbone

Wishing for You in


Come and Mend it P. D. Q.”

A cute pennant postcard showing a small photo of a tree-lined dirt pathway in Augusta, Michigan. Augusta is a small town in Kalamazoo County; the 2010 census recorded the population as 885. And if this is an actual photo from Augusta, then that could be the Kalamazoo River, however pennant postcards tended toward generic scenes, and it’s probably more likely that this one was not from the actual area. The publisher is possibly Auburn Post Card Company, but nothing definite was found to verify this, though they did do pennant cards and others with series or numbers like the one we see here. This one will go in the mystery category regarding the publisher….But the back header is nice and shows the publishing company’s initials. The card was addressed to:

“Miss Ella Ellison. 1314 F St. Sacramento Calif.”  (I’m not sure what the 267 or 269 under the address refers to.)  The sender wrote:

“My dear Ella, Glad to have your note. Excuse my answering it with a Postal. You & Al look quite nifty in those sailor suits. What’s the idea of the “Cigs”. I think you are learning bad tricks. I’ll have to come back but I’m married now…[?]…Married life is great but it don’t pay to write Particulars ‘en ever’thing on a P.C. – Get me?! Ha! – Yours R.A.B.

Divided back, used postcard. Postmarked December 1919 from Augusta, Michigan. Series or number 2138.

Price:  $5.00

Source:  Augusta, Michigan. n.d.,_Michigan. (Accessed March 1, 2015).

Sunset Cliffs, Point Loma, CA

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Here’s two Real Photo Postcards in the Alice Ellison Collection, from July 1935. If you enlarge the top photo you can see the printing on the right that says,  “Sunset Cliffs Point Loma Cal.”  This must of been something done in the photo process; these are commercial type RPPCs made for tourists. (There was another found online with the same type of printing.) But the person who bought the postcards wrote the date on the fronts and backs.

Point Loma is the name used for both the seaside community within San Diego, and the peninsula that separates the San Diego Bay from the Pacific Ocean. The peninsula is said to have been the landing place of the first European exhibition (in 1542 by Portuguese explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, written as João Rodrigues Cabrilho in Portuguese.)

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Divided back, unused, Real Photo Postcards. July 1935. EKKP stamp boxes.

Price for the pair:  $15.00

Source:  Point Loma, San Diego. n.d.,_San_Diego. (Accessed March 1, 2015).

Aunt Mollie

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Here’s an interesting photo of a lovely young woman named Mollie, and she was somebody’s “Aunt Mollie” per the writing on the back. The photo was found without the frame it was once in. Her outfit reminds me of something one might wear on stage. The collar is very unusual with it’s heavy notches, and if you look closely it doesn’t appear to go all the way around. Was it something the photographer used for some reason – maybe he decided her outfit needed something extra at the neckline? Her coat or jacket also is unusual. It looks like it might have been leather; we can see that the back was in a lighter shade. To the just off-the-shoulder sleeves were sewn…hmmm…a soft crinkly fabric, or was that yarn or some type of long haired animal fur? I’m imagining she played a “lady Robin Hood” in a theater production, a benevolent highway woman. (Wonder how hilariously far off this thought is!) But there’s a kind of a medieval look to her clothing style.

This next photo was found in the same bin (somewhere on the Central Coast in California, Salinas or Gilroy perhaps, now I forget and I should have written it down.) Is this the same person? I tend to think so, but if not then I think they must be related; there is an awfully strong resemblance. No name or photographer name on this one, but she’s very beautiful and in a much more traditional high-collared white lace blouse.

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Dates:  Circa 1880 – early 1900s.

Top photo scanned on blue background:  Oval photo size about 4 x 5 and 1/4″

Bottom photo including mat size:  About 3 and 1/4 x 4 and 1/2″

Price for the pair:  $15.00

Three Generations

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A wonderful Real Photo Postcard photo of three generations of beautiful ladies:  mother, daughter and granddaughter. Too bad that there is no identifying information for them. On the back of the card, in pencil, is written what appears to be  “Bell”  but this could just be the name of the postcard dealer that had the card at one time. The grandmother wears a fur-trimmed dress, a long necklace with cross pendant, a round pinned locket, and a small piece of jewelry decorating the fur trim. Her daughter is simply attired in a dark collarless dress gathered at the neck, and her daughter, the youngest, is a little girl of about two or three, in a white dress with elbow-length sleeves. She wears her short blonde hair in two little pig tails on top, and has what appears to be a wide bracelet on her left arm, but it’s her radiant and loving expression that captures us!

Divided back, unused, Real Photo Postcard. AZO stamp box. Circa 1907 – 1918.

Price:  $5.00

Le Lièvre Et La Tortue

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The Hare and the Tortoise…more commonly known in the U.S. as The Tortoise and the Hare….

This is an antique postcard produced from a work by an unknown artist. It appears to have been modeled after an illustration of Le Lièvre et la Tortue, that was printed in France, which in turn may have been taken from the work of French artist Gustav Doré rather than being by him. Check out the set of trade cards for Solution Pautauberge (a product which was in it’s day said to be a cure for rheumatism and bronchitis and a prevention for tuberculosis.) The set is entitled Fables de LaFontaine, (and you’ll notice the indication showing “d’apres Gustav Doré”  which might mean “modeled after” in this context.)

The back of the postcard indicates “Authorized By Act of Congress of May 19, 1898″ so this is a Private Mailing Card or PMC. The short PMC era ran from May 19, 1898 to December 24, 1901 when the new postal regulations ushered in the Undivided Back era. The size is smaller than what we consider the standard for postcards and measures about 5″ x 3″.

This beautifully done postcard is in very good shape for it’s approximate 115 year age, and includes glued on glitter highlights. In particular, the expression on the poor bun’s face is priceless, that panicked  “Oh, no!”  feeling, and note the beautiful, and correctly done, long bunny eyelashes!

Private Mailing Card. Circa 1898 – 1901. Unused. Publisher unknown, number 32.

Price:  $20.00   Size:  About 5 x 3″

Sources:  The Tortoise and the Hare. n.d. (accessed February 26, 2015).

Gustave Doré. n.d. (accessed February 26, 2015).

“Solution Pautauberge.” Creighton University. Web accessed February 28, 2015.

Hotel Grounds, Korea

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It was just by happy chance that this postcard was put up after the prior one (also regarding Seoul.) So, we’ve got a short theme going here. This one is from sometime between 1910 and 1945 when Japan occupied Korea. But arrgg (!) translation is difficult. The language is Japanese. From the front side, top left:  the first character, if taken by itself, translates as “white;” the second character, if taken by itself, translates as “river.” I’m not sure what the next two represent but the last three characters translate as “hotel.” It’s seems likely then that this photo was taken on the grounds of a hotel, possibly in what is now Seoul, South Korea, but the exact location will be unknown until we get a professional translation. But we know the time frame because of the printing in the divided line on the back which says  “Made in Keijo.”  Keijo was the Japanese name used for the city of Seoul during the colonial time period. The city had prior names, as well as Chinese names.

The stamp box is very interesting and shows a mythical figure from Korean and Chinese culture called a haechi or haetae or xiezhi (in China) and the words  “Kaida Brand.”
We’ll find out more about the postcard publisher when we get a proper translation. But the figure in the stamp box is described as a lion or dog-like beast with a small horn on it’s forehead (but not always seen with the horn) and a bell in or around it’s neck. This wonderful creature has many attributes, among them the ability to see everything, judge between good and evil, move backward and forward through time, and protect against disaster. It is often seen in Korean architecture, and since 2009 has been the official mascot of Seoul. And in the Republic of China can be seen on the badges of the military policemen, and is engraved on the gavels of the law courts of the People’s Republic of China.

Kaida Brand Stamp Box

Last but not least, this postcard seems to be a pretty rare find; no others have been found online, as of the date of this post.

Divided back, unused postcard. Made in Keijo (present-day Seoul, South Korea.) Stamp box shows “Kaida Brand.”

Price:  $35.00

Sources:  Names of Seoul. n.d. (Accessed February 22, 2015).

Haetae. Mythical Creatures Guide. (Accessed February 23, 2015).

Xiezhi. n.d. (Accessed February 23, 2015).

Seoul Anglican Cathedral

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This postcard, from about the 1950s or 1960s, was found in the tourist postcard envelope of the prior post (but it would certainly seem unlikely that this one was part of that original set, since that cover references Japan.) The description on the back here is:   “CATHOLIC CHURCH Viewed from Duk Soo Palace grounds, (SEOUL).”

This church, located at 3 Jeong-dong, Jung-gu in Seoul, South Korea, is the Cathedral Church of St. Mary the Virgin and St. Nicholas, but is also known as Seoul Anglican Cathedral or just Seoul Cathedral. It was built in the Romanesque Revival architectural style, and opened in 1926. Among other things, the church’s construction history is very interesting and has a quite unique aspect about it. It was actually completed in 1996, due to some major help from a British tourist, who after visiting the church in 1993, went back to England and located the original blueprint of the church at the museum where he worked! The original design, by British architect, Arthur Dixon, was to construct the church in the shape of a cross, but this didn’t happen due to financial problems. So, it wasn’t until about seventy years later that Dixon’s vision finally became a reality.

Divided back, unused postcard. Circa 1950s – 1960s.

Price:  $5.00

Source:  Seoul Anglican Cathedral. Visit Seoul.  Web accessed February 21, 2015.

Custom Of Japan

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We like to do mini-themes here or try to segue from one topic or place to another, so here is a vintage tourist postcard set cover from the Fukada Card Company. It’s not in good shape but I just picked it up for the color and design. It had only one postcard in it, of a church in Seoul, Korea, (see next post) which one assumes would not have been in the original set.

Vintage postcard set cover from the Fukada Card Co. Circa 1950s – 1960s.

Price:  $1.00