M. E. Church, Webster Crossing, NY


Divided back, used, Real Photo Postcard. Postmarked from Webster Crossing, New York, November 24th. The year appears to be 1909.

Price:  $15.00

A Real Photo Postcard of a beautiful little church:  M.E. stands for Methodist Episcopal. The Methodist Episcopal Church (M.E.C.) was the first Methodist denomination founded in the U.S. and existed from 1784 to 1939. That’s the short version without getting into a detailed history, (as per the norm, everything is always more involved than one might initially think) what with mergers and differences of ideology, schisms and the like. But back to this particular church:  it’s a charming building, we love the contrast of the dark trim against the white, the steeple (almost like a large cupola), and the lancet-style front window, with its smaller similar version above the door. The reverse of the card shows a joke we are not privy to, but imagining the laugh shared between friends, we are smiling just the same.

“are you going to church sunday night ha, ha.”

Addressed to:   “Hazel Eggelson. Kanona N.Y.”

This is likely the Hazel Eggelston (no matches under Eggelson) who appears on the 1910 Federal Census with her parents, Martin and Louise, and uncle, Samuel Eggelston. All are native to New York and are living in Bath, Steuben County, at Wheeler and Kanona Roads. Hazel, born about 1896 would have been about thirteen or fourteen when she received the postcard.

Kanona is about 28 miles south of Webster’s Crossing, and Bath is about 3 miles south of Kanona, as the crow flies.

Sources:  Methodist Episcopal Church. n.d. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methodist_Episcopal_Church (accessed October 2, 2016).

Year: 1910; Census Place: Bath, Steuben, New York; Roll: T624_1079; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 0100; FHL microfilm: 1375092. (Ancestry.com)

Ice Breakup In Fairbanks, Alaska

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Vintage photo, Cushman Street bridge and Ice Breakup, Fairbanks, AK. Circa 1920s – 1940s.

Price:  $7.00          Size:  3 and 1/2 x 2 and 1/2″

You can see the spire of Immaculate Conception Church that, from this angle, is appearing behind Samson’s Hardware store. The church, built in 1905, is listed on the National Registry of Historic Sites and was originally located on the other side of the river. It was hauled over the ice on skids (logs or planks) to its present location in 1911 so it would be close to the hospital that had been built a few years prior. And that’s the Cushman Street bridge, built in 1917, that is spanning the Chena River. Samson’s, in business since the Gold Rush days (now Sampson’s True Value) relocated in 2010 about a mile and a half west of the site it occupies above. Here’s an image from Alaska’s Digital Archives showing a somewhat similar view of the store (note the long windows) as well as partial views of the church spire and bridge.

Sources:  “Fairbanks – Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.” Diocese of Fairbanks. Missionaries in the last frontier. (Web accessed August 12, 2016.)

Cole, Dermot. “Historic Samson Hardware celebrates grand opening at new store.” Newsminer.com, May 22, 2010. (Web accessed August 12, 2016.)

Photo of “Sled dog team on Chena River in Fairbanks.” Alaska’s Digital Archives. (Web accessed August 12, 2016.)

Writing Home From France

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I’d been looking for something to put up for Memorial Day and so this and the following post are a little late. It sounds like the author of this little note to his Mom would have made it back home just fine (and we pray he did) but just in remembrance of those men and women who’ve served and had not…..here’s a postcard showing Saint-Aignan (Loir et Cher) – Vue Générale et le Pont, written shortly before the end of WWI. The sender writes:

“Aug. 27, 1918.  E.E.F.  Dearest Mother, I’m fine and dandy, how are you? This is the town I am at. This is a beautiful river I go swimming there quite often. On the left hand corner is the church I spoke to you about last Sunday. You can’t see half of it. Had a lovely time Sunday the boys…”

It sounds like there may have been another page or two after the above, unless he meant “with the boys.” And that is the River Cher that our guy goes swimming in, and the Collegiate Church of St. Aignan that he’s mentioning, on the left.

The publisher logo appearing on the back, top left, shows the letters IPM. The words surrounding the letters are hard to make out, except for “Paris.”

Divided back postcard, unused with writing. Dated August 27, 1918. Publisher:  IPM, Paris, France.

Price:  $4.00

Rossmacowan Chapel, Waterfall, Bantry Bay

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Do they call it St. Bart’s?

This is actually Saint Bartholomew’s Church, Rossmacowen, in County Cork, Ireland, according to the modern-day photo we found online at Panoramio.  The church’s location was difficult to pinpoint on a map until happening upon and then searching under the spelling Rossmaceoin. Google Maps lists this church in the area of Castletown-Bearhaven, a.k.a. Castletownbere.

St Barts

The publisher…

The postcard was produced by Fergus O’Connor & Co., Dublin, Ireland. Quoting the Irishpostcards website:

“Fergus O’Connor was a Dublin publisher, who published Sean O’Casey’s early writings and produced nationalist postcards and related material. Following the 1916 Easter Rising he was imprisoned in Lewes prison.” 

Where’s Waterfall?

Back to the postcard caption – Waterfall? After lots of searching, we found reference in an old newspaper article (very long) from the year 1898, that appeared in the London Times, regarding the Castletown Berehaven area and the Barony of Bere. (Apologies for the offensive article title, in sources.)

Waterfall Town

Lastly, the postcard is estimated circa 1918 due to another found online (sold) that stated the date on the back was 1918.

Divided back, unused postcard. Circa  1918. Publisher:  Fergus O’Connor & Co., Dublin, Ireland. Made in Germany.

Price:  $15.00

Sources:  St. Bartholomew’s Church, Rossmacowen. Photo by corkperson taken May 14, 2013. https://ssl.panoramio.com/photo/92862425. (Accessed March 19, 2016).

St. Bartholomew’s Church. Castletown-Bearhaven. Google.com map search. (Accessed March 19, 2016).

O’Connor & Co., Fergus. Irishpostcards.wordpress.com. https://irishpostcards.wordpress.com/publishers/ (Accessed March 19, 2019).

“The South of Ireland Problem – Castletown Berehaven.”  The Times (London, Greater London, England) 24 Oct. 1898, Monday, p. 7. (Newspapers.com)

First Church Of Christ, Scientist, Boston

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Well! How nice to be wrong when thinking this might have to go to the mystery category. It’s normally quite painstaking to identify (if we get lucky) unknown buildings. But this one was found in Google images of domed churches showing right up at the top. No scrolling, even! The building in the foreground is the original church, but see a full description of both buildings in this Wiki article.

And, of course, this is a Real Photo Postcard, and according to Playle.com, this style of Defender stamp box logo dates from about 1920 – 1945.

Divided back, Real Photo Postcard, unused. Defender stamp box. Circa 1920 – 1945.

Price:  $20.00

Sources:  First Church of Christ, Scientist. n.d. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_First_Church_of_Christ,_Scientist. (accessed May 24, 2015).

Real Photo Postcard Stamp Boxes. Playle.com. Web accessed May 24, 2015. [http://www.playle.com/realphoto/photod.php]

Saint Mary’s Catholic Church, Detroit, 1909

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“St. Mary’s Catholic Church, on St. Antoine street, is the pioneer German Catholic church of Michigan. It is especially notable for the excellence of its organ. Adjoining are the parochial residence and school.”

Constructed in 1884 in Victorian Gothic style, this is the present day complex that replaced the earlier 1841 church. Old St. Mary’s is the third oldest Roman Catholic Church in Detroit, and the city’s first German church. It is located in Greektown at 646 Monroe St. and referred to as Old St. Mary’s to avoid confusion with other churches.

The unknown sender of this postcard wrote:   “Best wishes to you”  and addressed the card to:

“Mrs. B. Willmouth, 648 Taylor St., Sandusky, Ohio.”

From the 1900 Federal Census for Sandusky, the addressee would be Bridget Wilmoth, born April 1845 in Ireland. She is married to Thomas Wilmoth (head of household) born December 1845 in Ireland. This record indicates the couple had been married for 30 years, and that Bridget is the mother of nine children (eight living). Children on this census are Anna, William; Thomas, Nellie and Johana, all born in Ohio, and age ranging from 29 to 16. The address at this time is 650 Taylor St, with a different family living next door at 648 Taylor.

Last, but not least, the postcard header contains a distinctive circular design between the words Post and Card. This is clue to the identity of the publisher, which is unknown to us at this time. We’ll keep a look out for others.

Divided back, used postcard. Postmarked October 26, 1909 from Detroit, Michigan. Publisher unknown. Series or number 155 B.

Price:  $10.00

Sources:  “Old St. Mary’s Church, Greektown, Detroit.”  Old St. Mary’s Detroit. Web accessed April 30, 2015.

Year: 1900; Census Place: Sandusky Ward 8, Erie, Ohio; Roll: 1264; Page: 10A; Enumeration District: 0047; FHL microfilm: 1241264. (Ancestry.com)

Holy Redeemer, Detroit 1910

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“Holy Redeemer Church, corner Junction and Dix, Detroit, Mich.”

“Am spending my vacation here. Having a fine time. Very sorry to hear that you were sick but hope you are better by this time.   Ede”  Addressed to:

“Miss Ada Seifert, 601 Murray St., Wapakoneta, Ohio.”

The 1910 Federal Census taken in Wapakoneta for the above address, shows head of household, Alois Seifert, born Ohio about 1847, occupation Laborer at a brick yard; his wife Lena M. Seifert, (Magdaline on the 1900 census) born Germany about 1849; daughters Adaline J. (Ada) Seifert, born Ohio, about 1890, and Gertrude M. Seifert, born Ohio, about 1888. Both girls are employed as Cigar Makers at a cigar factory. (We wonder at the conditions at the cigar factory at this time.) Anyway, Ada would have been about 20 years old when this postcard was sent to her.

Three very different churches

The Most Holy Redeemer church depicted here is the second of three buildings, and was built in the Gothic style, about 1896. The parish was founded in 1880. See the Holy Redeemer Parish website for photos of all three. You can see that the second image (also from a postcard) though cropped and in black and white, appears to have been produced from the same view as the one we have here.

Divided back, used postcard. Postmarked August 23, 1910 from Detroit, Michigan. Publisher unknown, number 1420.

Price:  $10.00

Sources:  Year: 1910; Census Place: Wapakoneta Ward 1, Auglaize, Ohio; Roll: T624_1154; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 0051; FHL microfilm: 1375167

Year: 1900; Census Place: Wapakoneta, Auglaize, Ohio; Roll: 1240; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 0032; FHL microfilm: 1241240

“The Church buildings.”  Holy Redeemer Parish. Web accessed April 29, 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.

Our New Church

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My guess is that this is a church, newly built. We see a small pile of scrap lumber on the ground, and obviously there are no trees or large bushes, other than what we can see on the right, and this looks like something originating from the other side of the small hill that the building sits on. The season is winter or early spring:  There are no leaves on that bush or small tree, and there are a few icicles hanging from the roof. I am no architect but have come to appreciate houses, churches etc. and their features, from pouring over online images and looking in the used book that I bought which identifies the different architectural styles of American homes. What I thought was a little unusual about this building is the fact that it has two separate front doors. I found what I believe to be the explanation for this from Frank D. Myers on his wonderful Lucas County, Iowa blog. In some churches, in days gone by, men and boys sat on one side and women and girls on the other, and they used separate doors. The other noticeable features about this structure are the widow’s walk, the cupola and the weather vane. One would assume there would be a bell in the tower but we can’t really see. It looks like what we do see is a spiral staircase leading up to the widow’s walk. So, was this church close to the sea, in order to watch for sailors on their return home? That would be a romantic thought, but perhaps it was to watch out for the parishioners or just a nice architectural feature that the congregation liked, or maybe it was even modeled after another church in the architect’s home town. Well, these types of suppositions could go on forever!

As far as the possible date of this postcard, per the excellent Playles.com website, this particular AZO stamp box has been found between dates of 1924 – 1949. If you notice the writing in pencil on the back that is just the price that was listed when I bought it. A little higher priced than normal if I payed that much (I forget) but these type of photos – a building standing alone, white background like a blank slate, the clarity of the photo, these type are impossible to resist.

Divided back, unused, Real Photo Postcard. AZO stamp box with squares in each corner and with the words “Place Stamp Here” in the center. Circa 1924 – 1949.

Price:  $15.00

Source:  Myers, Frank D. “World War II:  Lessons in their dying.”  Lucascountyan.blogspot.com. May 31, 2010. Web accessed January 17, 2015

Mystery Church

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Real Photo Postcard showing a side view of a large church in the Gothic Revival style, of stone construction, showing a tall spire, several smaller spires, many stained glass windows, and various crosses (how many do you count?) Besides the beauty of the church itself, for me the most striking thing about this photo is the contrast between the building with all of it’s intricate detail, seemingly out in the middle of a field. Of course, we can see upon closer inspection, that there is a road and some utility poles to the right, and get the sense that many, if not all, of the trees in the photo were likely planted by hand when the church was built, but still I like the initial illusion of this grand and graceful structure appearing unexpectedly placed in it’s rural, almost isolated setting.

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

Price:  $10.00