Sunday, December 21, 2014

Winter [Again]

We can't find a better card to celebrate the Winter Solstice ...

A magnifier (for us, at least) helps to read the copyright ... it's 1906 by O. Benedict, Chicago. We had no success trying to find more info about O. Benedict, but she/he did several other postcards in about the same time period. The little winter scene, that appears tacked onto the card, has "St. John" below ... trust us, we are not that old, so it doesn't refer to us.  There is also a very small number, 164, in the lower right corner ... not sure how it relates ... publisher, artist, or printer.  O. Benedict did one of these cards for each season.

Winter (according to the calendar) officially begins at the point of Winter Solstice (in the northern hemisphere) on Sunday, December 21, at 3:03 PM PST. Here is everything you need to know about Winter Solstice at


Back of the card is simple ... during this time period the back of a postcard could ONLY be used for the address ... postage was 1 cent domestic, 2 cents foreign ...

Let us be the first to wish you a fine winter!

Thank you for stopping by John's Island.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Bull Dogging

John will venture a guess that you may never have heard of "Bull-Dogging".  So here you go ...

It's hard to put a publication date on this old unused postcard. Probably late 30s, or 1940s. Definitely prior to 1952 when postage rates went up to 2 cents.

Thank you for stopping by John's Island.

Friday, December 19, 2014

December Skies

December Skies in the Emerald City

December 6, 2014
Dawn's Early Light

December 7, 2104
Hazy Moon over the City
Holiday Lights on Two Union Tower

December 7, 2014
Blanket of Fog
Covering Capitol Hill

The fog rolled over Capitol Hill and then
floated over Lake Union

December 11, 2014
Stormy Weather

Early December Sunset
December 11, 2014

December 14, 2014
Sunrise Reflections

Queen Anne's Broadcast Towers
Rising Out of the Fog
December 11, 2014
Linking up to Skywatch Friday -- Thanks to the hosts at Skywatch!

Thank you for stopping by John's Island.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Dubois, Wyoming -- 1941

 "Real Photo" postcard "Dubois, Wyo. From the West" postmarked 1941. Someone wrote "April 3" near the top of the correspondence ... not sure if that was the sender or recipient. In any event, the message states, "Last skiing today at Jackson Hole. Will be crossing Wyo. tomorrow & then Nebraska and Iowa. Ought to be home next week Apr 8th or 9th approx.  Thanks for check but do not need.  S." The card was published by Sanborn, with their card # Y-2199. Sanborn was a prolific publisher of real photo postcards.

Have you ever received a note from a friend or relative saying thanks for the check ... but they do not need it?

Linking up today with Good Fences.  Yes, there is a fence in the photo ... well, you must look carefully ... at least we can see the posts going across the center about 2/3 from top ... not sure though if it is a "good" fence ... we hope so. LOL

Wondering where Dubois is located?  (Thanks to Google Maps)

Thank you for stopping by John's Island.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Enjoying the Dining Car

Here is an old postcard featuring the "City of Denver" Dining Car. Probably issued in the 1940s by the Union Pacific Railroad.

As is typical for these advertising cards, everyone seems to be enjoying themselves. Note the gentlemen with coats and tie, real china, silverware, and cloth covered tables.

Thank you for stopping by John's Island.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Indians of America -- Manhattan, Apache, Seneca

Western Americana includes the fascinating and colorful story of Native Americans. The railroads often used Indians in advertising. In 1935, Lillian Davids Fazzini published a small book, The Indians of America, and at least one version with a leather cover ended up in the curio store at Yellowstone Park. Although the book is not exceedingly rare, this version with handcrafted artwork and the mention of Yellowstone on the cover is hard to find today.

The book tells the story of 47 American Indian Tribes. Today we are including the story of 3 tribes: Manhattan, Apache, and Seneca. The entire book follows the same format, a description, and some art related to the tribe. We found this little publication to be quite interesting.


The Preface, an introduction ...

As you can see, age and elements have had some damaging effects. The "Preface" page has more damage than most. The value of vintage collectible paper is highly affected by overall condition.

Manhattan Tribe

Apache Tribe

Seneca Tribe

We will post more from Indians of America in future posts. Thank you for stopping by John's Island.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Old Radio

Combining two of our interests ... Old postcards and Radio. In the days before TV, three radio networks dominated broadcasting in the United States. Today's cards highlight the West Coast headquarters of the networks ... these cards are from the late 1930s ....


Description on back of card



In the days those cards were issued the Zenith Company manufactured radios for listening.
Here is the Zenith "Long Distance" radio, which received radio signals from around the world.

We like the dial ...

Can you imagine days without smartphones, the internet, and TV?

Thank you for stopping by John's Island.