Stacking Lumber

Cropped, Divided Back, unused postcard. AZO stamp box. Circa 1907 – 1918.

Price:  $12.00           Size:  About 5 and 3/8 x 3″

Wow, this is the first old lumberyard photo I’ve seen. Googling similar images brings up the compilation below, but the stacks in our image apparently have the most interesting angles (!) (Could it be partially due to the camera’s aspect?) And we’re seeing four boys and three men in this postcard, one of the men is identified as “Chas” (Charles).

Source:  “Old photos of lumberyards with stacking lumber.” search. (Accessed September 18, 2022.)

Lillie Findahl, Sheridan, Wyoming

Divided Back, Real Photo Postcard, unused. AZO stamp box. Circa 1913 – 1917.

Price:  $15.00

Lillie May, daughter of John L. Findahl and Nancy A. Hammontree, was born December 8, 1897 in Sheridan, Wyoming. John was a native of Denmark and Nancy was from Tennessee. Lillie married Claude Olan Realing in 1918 and they had one child, their son Lyle, who was killed in action during WWII when his ship, the U.S.S. Indianapolis, was torpedoed by the Imperial Japanese Navy. Lillie was a lifelong Sheridan resident, and died in 1986. This postcard will be a great find for anyone researching the Findahl family.

Also of interest:  A movie was made in 2016 starring Nicholas Cage, based on the true story – U.S.S. Indianapolis:  Men of Courage.

Sources: Web: Western States Marriage Index, 1809-2016 .

USS Indianapolis:  Men of Courage. n.d. (accessed September 17, 2022).

Find a Grave, database and images ( accessed 17 September 2022), memorial page for Lyle Olan Realing (1925–30 Jul 1945), Find a Grave Memorial ID 55435835, citing Sheridan Municipal Cemetery, Sheridan, Sheridan County, Wyoming, USA; Maintained by Marsha Hanson Dillon (contributor 46953066) .

“Lillie M. Realing.” The Billings Gazette obituaries. August 15, 1986, Friday, p. 12A.

The Happy Families of Norwalk Connecticut

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An excellent Real Photo Postcard of the Happy Families of Norwalk, CT. Judging by the family resemblances, placement of the subjects, and pose of the youngest woman, we might guess that the one family is the three adults on the left – husband, wife and young adult daughter; which leaves the other as the family on the right –  the husband and wife and their three small children. Up-close scrutiny shows that the two ladies in the middle are wearing wedding rings. Too bad we can’t see the left hand of the youngest woman, but her pose with her arm draped on the knee of the woman behind her, seems to denote daughter and mother. The other interesting details are the porch lattice work, which is ever-so nice, the beautiful lace curtains that we can see in the windows, the reflection in the door’s window of what looks to be some type of building across the way, the potted cactus plant to the left of the porch stairs, and very importantly – the house number which shows as 22. Aside from the scrutiny of the details, this is just a wonderful image of two beautiful families, posing for the camera, in the early 1900s.

The AZO stamp box with all four triangles pointing up, plus the fact that it’s a divided back dates this postcard circa 1907 – 1918. The writing on the back is a little puzzling, but it possibly indicates that Joe is 5 years old and Minnie is 7. Frankie’s age is given as 1 and 1/2 years, so there’s no question about that one. However, what the writer meant by the numbers 3 and 2 respectively after Joe and Minnie, is unclear. Online research for these two families is not turning up anything concrete, but the Happy surname most certainly turns up in Connecticut, as well as in other states and Canada.

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

Price:  $10.00