|I'd like to think she is luring a man to her, not actually asking for help!|
Back in April I was in a frenzy to replenish my vintage postcard collection. I managed to score about 1500 postcards total from various auctions on eBay. I use these in art pieces, displaying lace and ribbons, inserting in greeting cards, and selling them at the shop. I love to sit and read what people a hundred years ago thought was important enough to send a postcard. As you read, you quickly realize that this was the text messaging of the early 1900's.
Some messages were just scrawled as in one I read last night: "Pick up your brother's new suit before you leave for home. Mom"
The postcards were mailed and often received that afternoon or the next day. (I faintly remember getting a morning and an afternoon delivery.)
Most of the ones I bought were from 1900 to 1920. Some are considered scrap - torn, dirty, ink stained. Others look as though they were just purchased. I do not collect postcards for their value. I want to see correspondence, postmarks, and stamps -historical records of everyday life.
Both of these featured funny sayings on them. (Sorry for the small scans. I scanned and saved before looking at the pictures. I did not have enough time to go back to resize.)
This one says:
'Tis better to have loved and lost,
Than to be married and be bossed
On the back addressed to:
Mr. Chas, Black
The inscription sounds ominous:
Note the other side and beware. I will write you in a couple of days. Nothing doing but will give you some advice on good behavior, etc. Remember your failings!
I do not think this relationship went much further!
I love this green one:
When you marry, go to a minister who'll tie a slip-knot.
The inscription is actually a poem:
I'd like to write a verse for you, Leotta
But I will wait until some other time.
For I am tired and dull, and rather sleep
And truly I can't even make a rhyme.
-J. Edwin Shipton
If I were Leotta, I might give him a second chance!
Lovely lady smelling flowers on the front.
On the back addressed to Mr. Ed. Debberman, Petersburg, Indiana:
Remember one Sunday and the "aprons"? Also, the two "Helens"?
U.S. and Company
Ans. if you haven't forgotten.
Here are two violet postcards. The one on the left says Fair Days. The inscription, however, is tiny and written in pencil and can hardly be read.
The one on the right is a fan with a violet bouquet is also for Leotta from her Aunt Hattie asking her to visit on Friday.
And now for those of you who were astounded in my previous post on the Sunshine Award that I have such diverse tastes ranging from hydrangea to zombies, here are two examples: a creepy zombie-looking little girl and a beautifully sweet hydrangea!
All things exist together in Distressed Donna Down Home's crazy world. I have a piece to go wax and two filthy dogs to take to the groomer (and they think they are going to the park - how cruel of me!)