My father-in-law goes to auctions quite frequently. Recently, he saw that there were a box of postcards in the line. He ended up winning them for me and there were a few gems! Only a handful were written on, and the rest were blank. I’m going to use the blank ones in future correspondence, so I won’t write about those ones. I did want to show off some of the ones that have been used, because they are too neat not to! Click to enlarge any image.
Phew, TWO CENTS for a stamp!! This postcard was sent in September of 1953. The postcard message says,
Tues Sept 29th arrived here tonight. Climbed Pike’s Peak today (never again). We will cross its bridge tomorrow. Everything going ok. Dad & Mother
I included punctuation where it belonged, as I did not see it in the writing. I do think it is funny that they underlined “never again” in reference to climbing Pike’s Peak. It must not have been because of the heights since they are climbing the “World’s Highest Bridge” the next day!
The next postcard is from the same couple to their son. It’s a few days later in October of 1953 and the message says,
Son, our mountain driving is over now & we are here in Denver at a beautiful motel. Dad is reclining on his davenport. We have living room, bedroom, dinette, kitchen & private bath. Even door chimes. See you on the end of this week. Love – Mother & Dad
That sounds like a nice little motel!
This postcard doesn’t seem to be from the same family. It also wasn’t actually sent in the mail since there is no stamp or postal mark on it. It does have an address for Sergeant Albert Kaiser and the date October 11, 1941.
This is another postcard that wasn’t sent in the mail. I did find it interesting what was written on the front, though. It is a postcard of the Book-Cadillac Hotel in Detroit, Michigan and along the side it gives the date of August 20, 1938 and Room 2402. Whoever got this postcard must have wanted to remember when and where they stayed on their trip to Detroit!
This postcard was the oldest in the bunch. The postmark says it was sent May 7, 1935. Look at the 1-cent stamp!! The message says,
Haveing a fine time. Stopping tonite at a tourist camp. B. & C. are haveing a lot of fun. Will write you later. Love to both. E.
A few interesting things about that message: the spelling of “haveing” with the additional “e” that we do not include in the modern spelling of “having” and that the people involved are referred to by a letter. Also interesting is the fact that there is no address! It just had a name and a city. I suppose in 1935, towns were much smaller in population and the postal worker knew everyone. But it is still very neat!
I loved looking through all the vintage postcards from the auction! The ones with messages are bits of history that I treasure. Even the unused ones are bits of history with the images on the front. I can’t wait to send them!