San Blas, Republic of Panama

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“Una de las islas del archipiélago de San Blas, República de Panamá.

One of the islands in San Blas, Republic of Panama.”

Palm trees, thatched roof buildings, a few natives, and a beautiful beach at the  “puente del mundo, corazon del universo”  – bridge of the world, heart of the universe.

Divided back, unused postcard, circa 1960s. Mirro-Krome Card by H.S. Crocker Co., Inc., San Bruno, California, 94066. Reproduction Y Distribution Exclusiva Foto Flatau – Apartado 391 – Panama, R. P. Series or number FF-8-018.

Price:  $5.00

Girl In Hat

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Here’s a charming studio photo of a beautiful little girl, perhaps around eight to twelve years old. How to describe her hat? Well…cloth, perhaps satin or silk, with a turned up brim, much larger in the front, with pleats or folds. The crown’s material is folded over to the side….The perhaps square neckline on her dress or blouse shows under a vest of a lighter color that has two decorative cloth buttons at the shoulders. She wears a short pearl-type necklace and probably matching earrings. Her hair is either short or pulled up under her hat, she has a direct gaze and wears a slight smile. We can clearly see that this photo was at one time in an oval frame. Back to this hat…this particular style wasn’t showing up while browsing online through all manner of hats for girls and women. One thing is clear on the subject of hats – the styles are limited only by the imagination. What one could dream up, one could make or have made. This photo is estimated to be from the 1920s.

Studio photo of unidentified girl, circa 1920s. Size:  4 x 6.

Price:  $5.00

Calle Angamos, Antofagasta, Chile

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This is a tinted postcard that was produced from a photo. The exact same photo of this street in Antofagasta, Chile was found on a black and white postcard on Flickr. (See first listing in sources below.) The image here has been altered from the original photo, though. A child that was in the foreground, and a horse on the right have been taken out of this photo. Also, ours is more cut off on the right, while the black and white image is more cut off at the bottom. This is the second time we’ve come across this type of photo altering for postcards. (See the Chinatown post.) And according to the Flickr author, from a quick online translation to English, this street name changed several times. It was Manuel Antonio Matta Street; in 1872 it was called Nuevo Mundo; in 1892 Angamos Street; and in 1917 went back to Manuel Antonio Matta Street; in 1927 don Oscar Fuenzalida, Segundo Alcalde de la Junta de Vecinos de la Municipalidad, (Google translates as Second Mayor of the Neighborhood of the Municipality) tried to have it changed back to Angamos, but the request was not approved…..There are a couple of shops on the right that we can read the names of:  Pastelería Jockey Club (pastry shop) and Botica y….the rest of the shop name shows up on another postcard found online as Drogueria, so that was a pharmacy and drugstore.

What is the man in the green jacket looking for (or at)? The area in and around Antofagasta is known to be rich in minerals, perhaps he is rock hunting? As to the piles of dirt in the middle of the street:  A Wikipedia entry states sewer construction was ordered in 1905 in the city of Antofagasta, and it does look like we’re seeing a couple of rectangular shaped holes that have been dug in the ground further back in the photo. Plus, notice how on the left behind the woman on the street, there is a large pipe. So, sewer construction is the best guess.

The back has some writing in pencil on the address side which appears to read  “From Alf to Peer and now to en[?] Lora Petin, girl.”  Anyway, this is my best guess on the last part. Though this postcard is not in the best of shape, it is the only one that I’m seeing online as of the date of this post, and prices seem to be varying wildly for old Chilean postcards.

Divided back, unused with writing. Propiedad de los Editores Mattensohn & Grimm, Valparaiso. Circa 1905 – 1915.

Price:  $35.00

Sources: Vista hacia el sur desde las calles Matta esquina Prat en Antofagasta, Chile. Circa 1915.” by “Aliwenco.” Copyrighted. (accessed October 21, 2014).

Antofagasta. n.d. (accessed October 21, 2014).

Atacama Desert. n.d. (accessed October 21, 2014).

Woman Seated At Table

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Real Photo Postcard of an unknown woman with a rather intent gaze. She looks to be possibly in her 50s, has dark hair, slightly graying at the sides, worn pulled up and back and parted in the middle. She wears a long skirt and a matching long jacket that’s designed with wide lapels and a velvet collar, and a white blouse, and heeled lace-up boots. She is outside as evidenced by the rustic setting, the ground showing as dirt with a couple of small weeds, and directly behind her is what looks like an adobe-type wall. Her arm rests on a book (a common photo prop) which lays on top of a small cotton or linen towel or table runner that is draped over the table. The black marks on the back of the card show that this postcard had been saved in someone’s photo album, but at some point it must have been in an oval frame since we can see the darker oval shape over the center of the photo. The stamp box is an AZO with two triangles up, two down, which is estimated as dated between 1910 – 1930, but the photo may be from closer to the late 1910s or early ’20s. We also might get the impression that this was taken in one of the Western states, maybe Arizona, New Mexico or California. It was found in Salinas, California.

Real Photo Postcard, unused. AZO stamp box. Circa 1910 – 1920.

Price:  $6.00

As You Like It Horse Radish

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This is an old advertisement that someone had pasted on to a piece of cardboard, not in pristine shape due to the crease running across the middle, and I suppose due to the fact that it was pasted at all. The brand was called “As You Like It” and was made by the U.S. Horse Radish Co. of Saginaw, Michigan. As you can see it was advertised as  “absolutely pure and clean, as in its manufacture and bottling it is never touched by human hands.”  Going on to say that the  ” ‘Peddled’ kind was generally dirty (often filthy) and adulterated with turnip and white pepper to sharpen it, with most of its pungency and flavor gone.”  This particular ad can be found in the July – December 1907 Life magazine. (I love the horse.) And 10 cents for a large bottle. Imagine!

Records were found from 1903 through 1912 for this company. The earliest being a U.S. Patent Office record shows an entry of   “40, 207. HORSERADISH. Julius C. Vogt, Saginaw, Mich. Filed Mar. 16, 1903  AS YOU LIKE IT  The words ‘As You Like It.’ Used since October 1902.”  A 1904 factory inspection publication shows for April 14th, (only naming the city for the address) under the heading of “Sausage and mincemeat” for “Kinds of goods manufactured or handled” that they were employing 7 men, 4 women, and no one under age 16. The Polk’s Saginaw City Directory for 1909 has a listing as follows:   “UNITED STATES HORSE RADISH CO,  Wallis Craig Smith Pres, J C Vogt Vice-Pres and Genl Mngr, Emil F Vogt Sec, Otto W Vogt Treas, Mnfrs and Producers of  ‘As You Like it’  Food Products, 219-223 N Water, Tels Mich 334, Val 554.”  One of the 1912 references found shows a different address of 219 N. Tilden St. in Saginaw. This company sold many other products including sea foods, breakfast cereals, popcorn and peanut butter.

Reading the ad posted here brought up a funny childhood memory of Dad often making a joke that something was “untouched by human hands” if for example you were being passed something at the dinner table. But since Grandpa “Pappy” was born and raised in Saginaw, I wonder if this saying was something that had passed from father to son, having originated with the As You Like It horseradish ad. It’s possible. This brings up the idea in general of those kind of “running jokes.” What tickles us? What phrases do we hold on to for that reason, and even communicate with? And after storing up tons of phrases over the years, how many days in a row could you use only them (provided the person you’re talking to is with you on all the jokes) to communicate with? A very small portion of the sayings flying around in my household are:  “The defense is wrong…I wore this ridiculous thing for you… the two ‘yutes’…Does that thing come turbo-charged? Only on the floor models.” (from My Cousin Vinny) “President Not Sure…idiocracy…Now back to you, Formica…We got this guy, Not Sure, and he’s gonna fix all the problems in the world, and he’s gonna do it all in one week.” (from Idiocracy – and I may have that last line wrong, I’ll update it later if needed) “Your vacuum cleaner ate my pants; there was nothin’ I could do.” (Pepsi ad with Dave Chappelle) “My room was filled with long-stem roses, my butler knew exactly how I took my tea, I was not to be awoken before 10 a.m., I think of this as a temporary exile.”  (Celebrity? Lines Cruises)  “I’m outdoors you know…the clock on the wall says 3 o’clock…everybody funny, now you funny, too…Lord, she was lovey-dovey…That don’t befront me, long as I get my money next Friday.” (George Thorogood’s version of “One Bourbon, One Scotch and One Beer”)  “I see you T. Hunter” (or whoever has just made a great play, or gotten a big hit, from Rod Allen, Detroit Tiger baseball analyst)  “He’s got summer teeth – some are there, some are not.” (from Mickey Redmond, Detroit Red Wings analyst)….Along these lines, my friend and her sister have something they call “the funny list” – all the stuff over the years that they crack up over. Same friend and I crack up over two words – Donut Nation, the name of a donut shop.

But getting back around again to the subject of horseradish – check out regarding the history of the root (aphrodisiac…back rub…cough syrup ingredient….growing wild in Boston by 1840…) and if you happen to be a fan of Regency Romance, you’ll be interested in the following quote, “The English, in fact, grew the pungent root at inns and coach stations, to make cordials to revive exhausted travelers.”  I’m picturing myself in the future, reading a Georgette Heyer or Clare Darcy novel, at the point where the characters have had to stop at an inn (during one of those zany travel adventures they keep finding themselves in) a cordial is handed to them (I’m thinking, “It’s got horseradish in it!”)

 Old advertisement, circa 1907.  Size including cardboard back:  2 and 3/4 x 4 and 1/2″

Price:  $5.00

Sources:  Life, Vol. 50. Mitchell, John Ames (ed.) (1907) p. 702. (Google eBook)

United States. U.S. Patent Office. Official gazette of the United States Patent Office, April 28, 1903. p. 2165 (Google eBook)

State of Michigan Twenty-second Annual Report of the Bureau of Labor and Industrial Statistics. Lansing, Michigan:  Wynkoop Hallenbeck Crawford Co., 1905. p.115 (Google eBook)

R.L. Polk & Co.’s Saginaw City Directory, 1909. p. 948. (Google eBook)

Ice and Refrigeration Blue Book. Chicago: Nickerson and Collins Co.,1911-1912. p. 221 (Google eBook)

Horseradish History. Web accessed October 17, 2014. []

At The New House Site

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Hmmm, well maybe this title is a bit awkward, but here is beautiful photo of a nice-looking, middle-aged gentleman. He has a mustache, and is dressed in a suit, hat and gloves. His shirt shows a band type collar; this type could also be worn with the many varieties of the detachable collar. The hat is banded, and perhaps the style is best described as a bowler a.k.a derby, though if someone can come up with something more exact, do please let me know.

This Real Photo Postcard is unusual because of the border. This is the first I’ve seen like this, and it’s really lovely, although faded at the top. It shows a leaf pattern with a rope design lacing back and forth over the leaves, giving the appearance of the man’s photo being on a canvas, and the rope holding the canvas unfurled for us to view.

Last but not least, it looks like this photo was taken in front of a house that had just recently been built, due to the uneven ground and the scraps of boards in the background.

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

Price:  $7.00

Peter Hendrickson, Waukon, Iowa

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A Real Photo Postcard showing a lovely studio photo of an elderly, bearded gentleman with the name and location identified on the back as  “Peter Hendreckson, 2 miles from Ingeberg Place Waukon, Iowa.”  This one has the photographer’s stamp embossed on the front showing  “E. A. Hirth, Waukon, IA.”

The 1915 Iowa State Census shows Peter Hendrickson,  age 66, born about 1849 in Norway of Norwegian-born parents; residence Waukon, Allamakee County; religious affiliation Lutheran; married; naturalized U.S. citizen; retired; owns own home or farm worth valued at $2200.00; able to read and write; years in the United States appears to be 38, years in Iowa 37.

Looking further back, on the 1880 Federal Census for Waukon, we find Peter Hendrickson, his wife Carrie, and their young son Henry, three months old, born March 1880, in Iowa. Carrie is approximately the same age as her husband, and also Norwegian born, of Norwegian parents.

The 1900 census for Waukon shows Peter and wife Karen, and two sons, Albert O., age 14 and Peter C., age 6. A daughter, Annie Mary Hendrickson was born about 1881, according to her marriage record to to Ole Severson in 1904. This record shows her mother’s name as Karen Annunson, but is spelled Amunson on son Peter Cornelius Hendrickson’s marriage record to Grace Kvamme (sp?) in 1925. Son Albert O. Hendrickson married Ida B. Vangen in 1915, and on this record mother Karen’s maiden name is spelled Amundson.

Though this particular type of AZO stamp box (two triangles up and two down) is estimated as being used between 1910 – 1930, Peter Hendrickson looks to be at least in his seventies in this photo, but possibly eighties or even early nineties. A Find A Grave entry was found for him which states he was born December 25, 1848 in Gran, Oppland Fylke, Norway, and died 1941 in Winneshiek County, Iowa. I would estimate this photo then between about 1925 – 1941, as it’s possible that the photographer’s studio was using old card stock past the 1930 estimated date for the stamp box.

As for the photographer (nice to have him identified on the card) he is Edgar A. Hirth, born Iowa, about 1876, per the Iowa State Census for Waukon taken in 1915.

Real Photo Postcard, unused with writing. Condition:  card has a couple of creases. AZO stamp box. Circa 1925 – 1941.

Price:  $12.00

Sources: Iowa, State Census Collection, 1836-1925. Original data: Microfilm of Iowa State Censuses, 1856, 1885, 1895, 1905, 1915, 1925 as well various special censuses from 1836-1897 obtained from the State Historical Society of Iowa via Heritage Quest.

Year: 1880; Census Place: Makee, Allamakee, Iowa; Roll: 325; Family History Film: 1254325; Page: 414D; Enumeration District: 013; Image: 0833.

“Iowa, Marriages, 1809-1992,” index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 12 Oct 2014), Peder Hendrickson in entry for Ole E. Severson and Annie Mary Hendrickson, 11 Feb 1904; citing Waukon, Allamakee Co., Ia., reference 2:3R852JT; FHL microfilm 1479486.

“Iowa, Marriages, 1809-1992,” index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 12 Oct 2014), Peter Hendrickson in entry for Peter Cornelius Hendrickson and Grace Cornelia Kvamme, 23 Sep 1925; citing Waukon, Allamakee Co., Iowa, reference 2:3WP7ND1; FHL microfilm 1479486.

“Iowa, Marriages, 1809-1992,” index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 12 Oct 2014), Peder Hendrickson in entry for Albert O. Hendrickson and Ida B. Vangen, 05 Jul 1915; citing Waukon, Allamakee, Iowa, reference 2:3JJQBRC; FHL microfilm 1479485.

Peter Hendrickson. Find A Grave Memorial# 100916903. Web accessed October 13, 2014. (

The William S. Cox Family, Otselic NY


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Here’s a wonderful set of six Real Photo Postcards, taken from 1904 to 1910, showing William S. Cox, his son Frank E. Cox, Frank’s daughter and William’s granddaughter Madola E. Cox, and Madola’s two kitty cats, Tabby and Tiny. The photos … Continue reading

Charlotte Amalie Waterfront, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

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A colorful 1964 postcard showing activity at the Charlotte Amalie Waterfront, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. Charlotte Amalie is the capital and largest city of the U.S. Virgin Islands, known especially for it’s pirate history and Danish colonial architecture. The photo shows a couple of sailboats, and some people on the pier attending to bags of oranges and other articles that have perhaps just been unloaded. The green wooden craft on the left is named Esme, a name of French origin, used by men and women (Esme or Esmé short for Esmérelda) and meaning esteemed or beloved.

Divided back, deckled edge, unused postcard. Photographer:  Larry Witt. Publisher:  Marion J. Head, 4 Norre Gade, St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. 00801. Copyright 1964 Dexter Press, West Nyack, New York. Printed in the United States.

Price:  $4.00  Size:  About 5 and 7/8 x 4″

Sources:  Charlotte Amalie, United States Virgin Islands. n.d.,_United_States_Virgin_Islands (accessed October 10, 2014).

Esmé. n.d. (accessed October 10, 2014).

Elms Court, Natchez, Mississippi

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“Elmscourt, Natchez, Mississippi. Its galleries of lacy iron work brought from Belgium are unusual. Built 1810. Enlarged and remodeled by Ayers P. Merrill, United States minister to Belgium under the Grant Administration; contains many treasures. Particularly interesting is the pier table which originally was made for the Duke of Devonshire.”

From a rustic Ozark cabin on the prior post to an elegant Mississippi mansion – which would you rather call home?

This postcard for Elmscourt, a.k.a Elms Court, is interesting because there is a major problem with the 1810 construction date listed in the description above. Most online sources give the date built as about 1835 -1836. How curious! Upon further research, a detailed description of Elmscourt was found in Mississippi:  The WPA Guide to the Magnolia State, originally published in 1938, which included a reference to “a particularly beautiful pier table”  as well as the 1810 date that stated Elmscourt  “…was erected in 1810 by Lewis Evans, first sheriff of Adams Co.”  It’s very possible then that the source of the misinformation was obtained in part from this WPA entry.  To illuminate further, an entry at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) website indicates that in 1810, a Natchez mansion, currently known as The Elms, was put up for sale. The purchaser of this property was “Lewis Evans, first sheriff of the Mississippi Territory.”  On December 2, 1977, Elms Court (that we see in this postcard photo) was entered into the National Register of Historic Places. A detailed description of property and ownership can be found in the Elms Court National Register nomination form, which confirms that the construction date was about 1835-’36. (We wonder if the pier table was actually at Elms Court.) Elms Court today is one of the twenty-four antebellum mansions, in the Natchez Pilgrimage Tours open to the public for four weeks every spring.

The actual mansion known as The Elms is today a beautiful and historic guest home. Their website states that the residence was known as The Elms since 1843.

By the way, what is a pier table? It’s a low table or console intended to be set between two windows, often beneath a pier glass. Well then, what is a pier glass? A large high mirror, especially designed to occupy the wall space between windows.

Divided back, unused postcard. News-N-Novelties Dist. Co., Natchez, Mississippi. Curteichcolor Art-Creation From Color Transparencies (Reg. U.S.A. Patent Office.) Circa 1960s – 1970s.

Price:  $4.00

Sources:  Works Progress Administration. Mississippi:  The WPA Guide to the Magnolia State. 1938. University Press of Mississippi, 2009. p. 341. Web accessed October 10, 2014. (Googlebooks)

The Elms Papers. Mississippi Department of Archives and History. Web accessed October 10, 2014. (

Elms Court, National Register of Historic Places. Web accessed October 10, 2014. (Mississippi Department of Archives and History)

Pier Table. n.d. (accessed October 8, 2014).

Pier Glass. n.d. (accessed October 8, 2014).