COLONIAL AIRLINER IN FLIGHT : LAGUARDIA FIELD : LINEN POSTCARD

This vintage linen postcard features a depiction of a Colonial Airliner in flight. LaGuardia Field, located in New York City, is mentioned in the caption. Colonial Airlines was a US airline that existed between 1942 and 1956. It was based at LaGuardia Airport (New York City) and at Montreal/St.Hubert Airport (Montreal, Canada). Colonial’s routes included cities in a number of Northeastern states and it flew as far south as Washington D.C. The airline also flew to Canada and Bermuda. Colonial merged with Eastern Airlines in 1956. This card was designed and published by Harry H. Baumann. This postcard has cornerwear and is in overall good condition (see scans). (SOLD)

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BRIDE AND GROOM : MILITARY WEDDING : (1928)

This vintage real photo postcard is a wedding portrait of a uniformed military officer and his pretty bride. The officer is holding white gloves and has his hand on the hilt of his sword. The bride is wearing a wedding gown and veil. Her pose and expression indicates that she is a self assured woman. The previous owner of this postcard stated that the military man is a member of the Yugoslavian army. I am unable to confirm that to be true. The message on the reverse of this postcard indicates that the photograph was taken in 1928. (SOLD)

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COHEN BROTHERS : THE BIG STORE : ST. JAMES BUILDING : JACKSONVILLE : FLORIDA

This vintage postcard features the Cohen Brothers Department Store in Jacksonville, Florida. The store was known as “The Big Store” and this postcard shows the business occupying a full city block. Note the antique cars parked on the streets bordering the store. Cohen Brothers was founded by Samuel and Morris Cohen in 1867. They were later joined by their brother Jacob. In 1959, the business was bought by May Department Stores and was renamed, May-Cohens.The business was sold due to a slumping downtown business environment and the high costs necessary to operate the “Big Store”. The business was permanently closed in 1987. The card was published by Tichnor Quality Views and is in excellent condition (see scans).

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PRETTY WOMAN : BEAUTIFUL HEART SHAPED HAT : LOTS OF LACE : BULGARIA : CDV

This carte de visite photograph features a delicate pretty young woman posing for her portrait at a Bulgarian photo studio. The woman is quite a fashionista. Note her heart shaped hat, her high collar, and the lace on her dress.  (SOLD)

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A WITCH AND HER CAULDRON :TIC TAC TOE DRESS LADLE & PUNCH BOWL : CABINET CARD

This cabinet card features an old woman sitting at a table, using a ladle to fill four glasses with a dark colored drink (potion). She is taking the drink from a pot on the table. The woman is wearing a most unusual dress. The dress has a tic tac toe like symbol on it. It would be interesting to know the meaning of the symbol. It would also be interesting to know what is happening in this photograph. Is the woman an actress on stage? Was she simply posed by a studio photographer using his props?  This cabinet card presents quite a mystery. (SOLD)

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RUGBY PLAYER : PATCHES : LARGS, SCOTLAND : CABINET CARD

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This cabinet card portrait features a Rugby player in uniform. His shirt has three rugby patches on it’s front. The sports player was photographed by the Stewart Gallery in Largs, Scotland. This photograph is in very good condition (See Scans). 

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JEWISH TEMPLE : CLEVELAND, OHIO : WILSON AVENUE : TROLLEY : JUDAICA POSTCARD

This vintage lithographic postcard features the Wilson Avenue Jewish Temple, located in Cleveland, Ohio. Note the trolley coming down the street as well as the pedestrian traffic.This temple, Tifereth Israel (Glory to Israel), was founded in 1850 and is Cleveland’s second oldest active Jewish congregation. In 1924 the the congregation left the Wilson Avenue location to move into a new synagogue. This postcard is from the 1910’s. It was published by the Cleveland News Company but printed by a German firm (Litho-chrome). (SOLD)

MARY ASTOR : PRETTY FILM, TELEVISION, AND STAGE ACTRESS : TRAUMATIZED BY FAMILY

This vintage real photo postcard features American film, stage, and television actress and musician, Mary Astor (1906-1987). She played many memorable roles but she is most associated with her performance in “The Maltese Falcon” (1941). Astor also wrote five novels and an autobiography. She began her film career as a teenager by appearing in silent movies during the early 1920’s. Her career continued with the introduction of “talkies”. In 1936, Astor’s career was almost ruined by a scandal in which she had an affair with playwright George Kaufman. A custody fight with her ex-husband stigmatized her as being an adulterous wife. She managed to overcome the poor PR and in 1941, won an Academy Award fo Best Supporting Actress in “The Great Lie”.  Astor was born in Quincy, Illinois. Her father was a German teacher and her mother taught drama and elocution. Astor was home schooled by her father who also taught her the piano. In 1919, she sent her photo to a beauty contest in Motion Picture Magazine. She was chosen as a semi finalist. When she was fifteen, she and her family moved to Chicago where she took drama lessons and performed on the stage. She and her family moved to New York City so she could act in motion pictures. A Manhattan photographer asked Astor to pose for him and the resulting photographs led her to be signed by Paramount pictures. In 1921, at age fourteen, she made her film debut. In 1923, she and her family moved to Hollywood. During the filming of one movie, the underage actress was wooed off set by the significantly older actor, John Barrymore. She became a “WAMPAS Baby Star” in 1926. In Hollywood, her controlling parents kept her a virtual prisoner and lived lavishly off her earnings. They gave her a five dollar a week allowance while she was earning 2500 dollars a week. Her father was emotionally and physically abusive. She did not gain control of her salary until she was 26 years old. However, this resulted in her parents suing her for financial support.  In 1928 she married film director Kenneth Hawkes. In 1928, he was killed in a plane crash while filming sequences for a movie. After Astor appeared in a few more movies, she suffered a nervous breakdown related to the loss of her husband. She married the doctor who treated her for her psychiatric illness. By 1933, she had a child, and was seeking a divorce. Her personal life was coming apart at the seams. That is when the aforementioned scandal occurred. She continued to appear in films during the 1930’s but had entered the early stages of alcoholism. By 1949, she entered a sanitarium for alcoholics. In 1951, she experienced her third suicide attempt. Astor’s filmography credits her with 155 film appearances between 1921 and 1964. The IMDb reports that she appeared in two Broadway plays between 1945 and 1954. Astor was a very successful performer but was plagued by problems in her personal life. This photo postcard was published by Picturegoer as part of a series (no.240b). The firm was located in London, England. This postcard is in very good condition (see scans). 

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PRETTY YOUNG WOMAN : RISQUE : “COME HITHER EYES” : RPPC

This vintage real photo postcard features an attractive young woman in a low cut dress. Considering the era, this postcard is risque. The postcard was published by Edgar Schmidt as part of a series. The firm was located in Dresden, Germany. The postcard has an Austrian postal stamp. (SOLD)

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A MAN AND HIS HORSE AND WAGON (VINTAGE OCCUPATIONAL REAL PHOTO POSTCARD)

This vintage real photo postcard features a man and his horse and his partially covered wagon. Judging by the man’s clothing; he is a working man. Perhaps he is a delivery man of some sort. He is wearing a white shirt, bow tie and smock. I believe that he is wearing long heavy gloves. The gloves probably pertain to his occupation. The stamp box on the reverse of this postcard indicates that when it was published, the postcard postal rate was 1 cent. The one cent rate was in effect until World War I when it was raised to 2 cents on a temporary basis (1917-1919). The rate was again raised between 1925 and 1928. The rate became permanently two cents in 1951. As a result, the stamp box in this case, is not helpful in establishing the date that this postcard was produced. However, the style of the front of this postcard indicates that it was produced not long after the 1900’s or 1910’s. This postcard certainly documents history. The postcard is in excellent condition (see scans).

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