Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Buckhorn Curio Store -- San Antonio, Texas

Famous Buckhorn Curio Store as presented on a postcard pre-1951 ...

Buckhorn Curio Store
San Antonio, Texas
Greatest Collection of Heads and Horns
in the World!

Postage rate for postcards increased to 2 cents in 1951.
You can read more about Buckhorn and see an even older view of the shop here. Many more views of the shop by searching Google Images for Buckhorn Curio Store.

Thank you for stopping by John's Island.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

10 Oversize Pictorial Postcards -- ca 1920 -- [4]

We started featuring a set of 10 Pictoral Postcards from about 1920 a few days ago and continue now with the remaining 3 cards from this set ...

306. Street Scene in Minneapolis, Minn.
The image on the card above caused us to think about how things go in cycles. Back in the 1920s street cars were common in many larger cities. Here in Seattle, as in most cities, they were removed when cars became the preferred way to get around. Now, street cars are coming back, at least here in Seattle. As almost always, there are those in favor and those against the new transportation.

260. Celilo Falls, Oregon -- O. W. R. & N. Co.
Have you ever heard of Celilo Falls? We had not and were surprised that we hadn't due to the beauty of the falls in this image. The reason it's no longer talked about is that the falls were submerged by the construction of the Dalles Dam on the Columbia River. We discovered this little interesting tidbit of history about Celilo from Wiki:  "The name refers to a series of cascades and waterfalls on the river, as well as to the native settlements and trading villages that existed there in various configurations for 15,000 years. Celilo was the oldest continuously inhabited community on the North American continent until 1957, when the falls and nearby settlements were submerged by the construction of The Dalles Dam."

309. Moonlight on the Red River, Fargo, No. Dak. -- G. N. R. R.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

10 Oversize Pictorial Postcards -- ca 1920 -- [3]

We started featuring a set of 10 Pictoral Postcards from about 1920 a couple of days ago and continue now with 3 more cards from this set ...

275. One of the Big Trees of Washington -- G. N. R. R.
Perhaps the caption on #275 should read:  WAS one of the Big Trees of Washington.

254. 38 Horse-power Combined Header and Thresher
Oregon -- O. W. R. & N. Co.
We have known folks with horses and the care involved with just one horse. To multiply that times 38 is mind-boggling. How did they EVER get them all harnessed together?

273. 100,000 Sacks of Wheat in Washington -- G. N. R. R. 
Can you imagine moving those sacks of wheat around? We found this info on Wiki: When wheat was bagged instead of bulk off the header, a standard bag of wheat was approx 112 pounds.

We will wrap-up this set of cards on our next post.  Thank you for stopping by John's Island.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

10 Oversize Pictorial Postcards -- ca 1920 -- [2]

We started yesterday, now here are a few more cards ...

307.  In the Wheat Fields of Montana -- G.N.R.R.
You may have noticed on the cover of this set of cards a "No. 2" in a small square box upper left. (Photo of the cover posted yesterday.) We assume there is at least one more set ... No. 1 ... and possibly more. The way the cards themselves are numbered, we wonder if different cards were placed in a set just depending on the whim of the packager or requests by purchaser.
250.  Mt. Hood and City of Portland, Oregon

310.  John Smith, Oldest Indian living in Minnesota
A few more cards tomorrow. These views are so nice we don't want to overload you with all of them at one time. : - )  Thank you for stopping by John's Island.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

10 Oversize Pictorial Postcards -- ca. 1920 -- [1]

A set of 10 large pictorial post cards published around 1920.  Most common postcards are about 3 1/2" x 5 1/2" ... these are about 6" x 7".  These cards were aimed at drumming up business for the Great Northern Railway, the most-northerly of the transcontinental routes across the USA for passenger rail service. Actually, most of the GN route is in use today by AMTRAK between Seattle and Chicago.

The cover has a big oval opening so you can view part of the first card inside. It cost 2¢ to mail this set in 1920. The price for the set of cards was 25¢. The postmark shows Malta, Montana, April, 1920.

The front of the envelope (cover), the first card inside, and the back of all cards ...

One of the interesting things about these cards:  Postage WITHOUT a message was 1¢ ... WITH message 2¢. A question to fellow card-collectors out there:  Have you seen this before?  This is a first for us.

Unusual postage.

Back of the envelope.
The small emblem on the flap says
Smith Brooks Press
Denver Colo.

More of the cards in the days ahead. Thanks for stopping by John's Island.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Chief Wolf Robe -- Cheyenne Native American

From our collection, another antique postcard featuring Chief Wolf Robe, Cheyenne Native American.

Chief Wolf Robe
(click on image for enlargement)

Inside the image, in the lower left corner:  Copyright 1898, F. A. Rinehart, Omaha.

Outside the image: Copyrighted 1903, F. A. Rinehart, Omaha, Neb

Back of card -- very simple, unused
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Update regarding F. A. Rinehart

This is one of a series of old cards published by F. A. Rinehart that we have posted here on the blog.

Our previous posts ...

Big Man

Rain in the Face

Regarding blogging about the old stuff in our collection:  We have found it fascinating what we can learn about items thanks to the World Wide Web and the search engines. This very postcard is a good example. We have been curious about F. A. Rinehart and have assumed him to be simply the publisher of the postcards. We then had a question from one of our followers about the medallion Wolf Robe is wearing in his portrait in this post. So, we did a search and found some very good information on Mr. Rinehart. He was an American artist famous for photos of Native Americans. He was a partner with famous Western photographer William Henry Jackson who was known for his imagery used to help convince Congress to create Yellowstone National Park.

You can read more about Rinehart here.

Update – Question Answered

We surely cannot say that John’s Island will be able to answer your questions. However, we’ve found one answer to a question asked by follower DJan.  She was curious about the medallion Wolf Robe is wearing in his portrait published by F. A. Rinehart on the postcard featured in this post. (We do believe that you can find just about anything on the World Wide Web with some careful searching.)  It turns out the medallion is an Indian Peace Medal. They were issued by the US Government as a token of peaceful relations between the Government and the Native American Indian Tribes. The one Wolf Robe is wearing is from about 1890 and featured an image of US President Benjamin Harrison on one side and some symbols of peaceful relations on the other.

More history from the US Mint website ...

"The United States Mint's presidential medals date back to the earliest days of the Republic. Medals were presented to American Indian chiefs and other important leaders at events like treaty signings.

Lewis and Clark, on their expedition to the Pacific coast between 1804 and 1806, carried a supply of these "Indian Peace Medals." They presented these medals, bearing the portrait of then-president Thomas Jefferson, to important chiefs. The peace medal tradition continued into the middle of that century.

The peace medal series became the Presidential medal series after President Andrew Johnson left office in 1869. The front of each medal continued to bear a portrait of the incumbent president."

Here is an image of the medallion (we believe) Wolf Robe is wearing ...

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Comforts of Travel around 1908 -- Great Train Brochure

Library Observation Car

The Comforts of Travel
Published 1908
Chicago Milwaukee St Paul Railway


Steam Era Railroading

Map of the Railroad
Lines Under Construction in Red
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