Erin Go Bragh

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Another beautiful old postcard for St. Paddy’s Day. This one, showing the Celtic Harp and some shamrocks on a green flag with gold-tone trim, and a white clay pipe in the foreground, is addressed to:

“Master Joseph Miller, 220 – 14th St., Oregon City, Ore.”

And the unknown sender wrote:  “Greetings from St. Patrick”  which is a little amusing (across the centuries from the blessed saint.) …The phrase Erin go Bragh is an English spelling for the Irish Éireann go brách (or go bráth) which is normally translated as “Ireland forever.”

The postmark year on this one is hard to figure out, but it looks like it could be 1900 or 1907. The use of the form of address, “Master,” indicates that Joseph was still a boy when he received this card. He is found in census records with his family. The 1900 and 1910 Federal Census show the street name and city as matching the address on this card. (The street number was not given on these census records for 14th Street.) Per the 1900, Joseph was born in Oregon, March of 1898 (March, a good month for St. Pat’s day!) His parents were Jacob Miller, born Kentucky about 1861, and Margaret, born Ohio, about 1870. The 1910 Federal Census shows the three Millers, and an additional family member, Joseph’s baby sister Margaret, age two.

Divided back, used postcard. Postmarked from Portland, Oregon, March 16th, exact year unknown, possibly 1900 or 1907. Printed in Germany. Publisher unknown.

Price:  $6.00

Sources:  Year: 1900; Census Place: Oregon City, Clackamas, Oregon; Roll: 1345; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 0088; FHL microfilm: 1241345. (

Year: 1910; Census Place: Oregon City, Clackamas, Oregon; Roll: T624_1279; Page: 12A; Enumeration District: 0043; FHL microfilm: 1375292. (

Happy Birthday Chrysanthemums

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Beautiful embossed postcard printed in Germany, showing some mums in shades of purple, pink and blue that are displayed at the top of a brick wall, as in a garden patio wall. In the background is either a sunrise or sunset scene, or is that supposed to be the moon? I don’t think it much matters, the colors in this card are just gorgeous. The four corners show an unusual gold tone design, and at the bottom of the card in red, is printed  “A Happy Birthday.”  It would be easy to miss the name appearing on this card, but there it is at the bottom showing that this card was given to somebody’s “Uncle Lyman.”

Divided back, embossed, unused postcard. Printed in Germany, publisher unknown. Series 1600. Circa 1907 – 1915

Price:  $7.00

Greetings From Fenton, Michigan

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Beautifully done, non-divided back postcard, printed in Germany, showing purple clematis and a scene perhaps designed to resemble a painting on unfurled canvas of a stone bridge over a river, with mountains in the background.  The caption  “Greetings from Fenton Mich.”  appears in cursive glitter. A stunning postcard.

Addressed to:  “Mrs. Mary E. Beale, 211 Kerr st. North, Lansing, Mich.”

Mary E. Beale, born Canada (of Scottish descent) about 1872, appears on the 1910 Federal Census taken in Lansing, with husband Charles F. Beale, born Michigan, about 1874, along with their son, Stanley, born Michigan, about 1905, and Charles’ mother Mary A. Beale, born New Jersey, about 1835. Charles’ occupation is listed as Picture Framer, and the address given on this census is 213 Kerr. There is no writing on the front (or back) indicating who the sender was. (We wonder if the choice of postcards had anything to do with Charles’ occupation.)

Undivided back postcard, printed in Germany. Postmarked from Lansing, Michigan, July 5, 1906. Publisher A. & M. B. (Albrecht & Meister of Berlin) No. 462.

Price:  $25.00

Source:  Year: 1910; Census Place: Lansing Ward 5, Ingham, Michigan; Roll: T624_651; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 0072; FHL microfilm: 1374664. (

Birthday Box of Lilies and Forget-Me-Nots

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This postcard is a bit of a detour from the numerous (but just as beautiful) birthday greetings with flowers. These lilies and forget-me-nots have come in a pretty robin’s egg blue box that was tied up with a yellow ribbon. The understated striped background might remind you of an old wallpaper pattern. The card is embossed, and has gold tone highlights, and the back was addressed to Elsie Stumpf [?] Her last name is a bit difficult to read, and there are some other possible variations of the last name, but online records do show various entries under Elsie Stumpf.

Divided back, embossed, unused postcard with gel finish. Printed in Germany. Series 381. The publisher logo shows a shield with a tree surrounded by the initials A. S. or possibly A. S. B. Circa 1907-1915.

Price:  $2.00


Holly Christmas Greetings

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Beautiful, rustic Christmas Greetings showing holly in foreground and log-framed nature scene in backgound. Card is addressed to “Mrs. Carrie Myers, Kechi, Kans.”  Nothing definite is showing (as of the date of this post in just a quick search) for Mrs. Carrie Myers in Kechi, although there are various Federal Census records and City Directory listings in the Wichita area. However, these entries show varying dates and places of birth, so there may be more than one person under this name, or there may have been errors in the census records.

The town of Kechi is situated in Sedgwich County, just northeast of Wichita. According to the city’s website, the name Kechi is derived from the Kechai band of Indians that were camping in the area in the 1800’s; it’s first non-native moved to the vicinity in 1868. See the first source below for more details.

Divided back, unused, embossed postcard. Printed in Germany. No. 7239 Relief, No. 7242 Brillant. Estimating the date from around 1910 – 1915. Publisher is PFB which stands for Paul Finkenrath, Berlin. See the second source listed below at the website The Postcard Album, with more information on this publisher.

Price:  $5.00


Christmas Greetings At Sunset

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By coincidence to the prior post, here is another Christmas postcard printed in Germany and published by Richard Behrendt. Framed beautiful home in winter scene showing sunset reflecting off of water. Scene is displayed between two “ribbons” of forget-me-nots. Embossed and with gold tone overlay.

Divided back, unused, embossed postcard. Circa 1907 – 1915. Publisher Richard Behrendt, San Francisco, CA. #1797.

Price:  $4.00

Good Luck For A Merry Christmas

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To me, this is funny since it is unusual by today’s standards – to have the Good Luck sentiment merging with the Merry Christmas sentiment. This is a wonderful card for that reason, but also the colors are great and the design is great:  the house scene, the gold-tone overlay, the holly, and especially the wonderful likeness of window pane frost. As to the date of this card:  According to The Chicago Postcard Museum, postcard printing in Germany stopped prior to 1915 due to WWI. And according to The Metropolitan Postcard Club of New York City, publisher Richard Behrendt operated from 1906 – 1930, and also dealt in toys, novelties, stereo-views and greeting cards. See below for the web addresses of these two excellent websites.

Divided back, unused postcard. Printed in Germany. Circa 1907 – 1915. Publisher Richard Behrendt, San Francisco, CA. #1785.

Price:  $10.00


Best Wishes For A Happy Thanksgiving

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Two turkeys wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving. Postcard says “To Mama” on the back. Artist signature is on the bottom left of the card but it appears to be somewhat cutoff. Unable to (as of yet) decipher the name, or find online.

Divided back, artist signed, unused, embossed postcard. Circa 1914. Publisher:  International Art Publishing Company, New York and Berlin. Printed in Germany.

Price:  $4.00

Feather and Roses

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“Miss Maggie, how are you. We are all well. Hope you are better. It is afful [awful] warm here. By by.” Signed, CEM or LEM? This postcard is postmarked June 5, 1911, Kansas, and addressed to:  Miss Maggie Miller, 805 S. 14th St., St. Joe, MO. The city name in Kansas is cut off but starts NEO, which means this would have been postmarked in Neodesha, Neosha Falls or Neosho Rapids.

Update:  Here’s another card that went to a Miss Maggie Miller. They may be one and the same.

Divided back postcard, white border, printed in Germany, series 7014B. Publisher:  Samson Brothers. Postmarked June 5, 1911.

Price:  $10.00