Automate à musique (WWI)

This German Feldpost (field/military) postcard is dated Aug. 19, 1916.  A group of infantrymen is being entertained by a man in civilian clothes holding a music box with the words "Automate à musique" on the front.  Perched calmly on top of the music box is a black and white cat.  A second man in civilian... Continue Reading →

Tennis and tea in Hampshire, England

Since the U.S. Open tennis championship is ending this weekend, here's a CDV from the relatively early days of the sport.  The family isn't identified, but the photo was taken by Samuel Whitbread of Havant, Hampshire.  CDVs were common from the 1860s through the 1880s, and I haven't found dates for Whitbread's studio, so it's... Continue Reading →

Lessons in the grass

This postcard came from the estate of Hazel Alberts Peterson (1898-1989).  As a girl, Hazel Alberts attended Seattle Seminary, a Free Methodist college preparatory school.  College-level classes were introduced in 1910, and in 1915 the school's name was changed to Seattle Pacific College.  For more information about Hazel and her family, please see the page... Continue Reading →

Florence Clark and her “Eskimo dog team”

According to the Fall 2008 newsletter of the Upper Pemigewasset Historical Society, in 1928 Ed and Florence Clark moved to the town of Lincoln in the White Mountains of New Hampshire to raise sled dogs and demonstrate their abilities for tourists.  On April 5, 1932, Florence summited Mt. Washington with a team of dogs, becoming... Continue Reading →

“Two Good Friends”

This snapshot is in a small album I bought in Cornish, Maine.  The cover of the album has a dedication: "To Dad from Burt and Alice, Christmas 1909."  Each page in the album has a photo glued to it and a title written in a neat hand under the photo.

A happy family and their truck

This is a snapshot of a family sitting on their early Autocar truck (probably a Type XXI).  The truck has a Pennsylvania license plate with the year 1923.  Newer Autocar models came with inflatable tires, but this one still has the hard rubber kind.  Everyone seems content, though--even the dog.

Theodore and Eleanor Roosevelt

This postcard appears to contain Theodore Roosevelt in Rough Rider uniform, complete with sword, at far right with his niece, Eleanor, standing next to him.  I haven't been able to identify the others in the photo, despite looking at hundreds of Roosevelt family photos online.  Eleanor was born in 1884 and Theodore was inaugurated Vice... Continue Reading →

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