Friday, March 27, 2009

PostCard Friday - #1

Postcard Friday - what a great concept - it's a way to show all these amazing postcards that I have. Let me explain.

When we lived in Brooklyn, there was a real New York lady who lived in the apartment next to us, whose name was Eugenie Dillingham (Mrs. Dillingham to us!). She was very proper, always friendly to us kids, but reserved. But I liked her and of course, wish that I had gotten to know her better - what a treasure of stories she must have had about old New York. To me she was vaguely foreign, not Jewish, very waspy.

She moved away when I was about 13 or so - which was great for us in another way - but I'll tell that story later. She was moving to a retirement home in Connecticut and couldn't take all her things with her. She offered to sell my mom a little lamp for $10.00 - mom was so honest that she blurted out that the lamp was a real Tiffany and worth a fortune - needless to say, we didn't get it for $10.00.

She gave me some old dresses and a box full of postcards from the turn of the century. I love the cards but have NO idea what to do with them - or how to preserve them. I've put them into a postcard album but there they sit, unloved and unlooked at. So Postcard Friday is a great way to bring them out into the open. Here's the first one...or two...




I can tell I'll be a scanning maniac getting these all into the computer to post - but it's better than letting them sit in the attic

22 comments:

Lisa at Greenbow said...

How exciting to see these old cards. I will look forward to them.

MuseSwings said...

Ooooh! Postcards for PFF! I look forward to seeing these 100 year old treasures!

Teri C said...

These are great! and such a sweet story. Wonderful idea to share them with us. Thanks.

Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

Great memories and ponderings of her life, too. I have a half bath off the kitchen that I call my English bathroom, and I have some postcards from Cornwal in just some plain, inexpensive IKEA glass frames and I enjoy looking at them every day...as you said, better than hidden away in an album.

You might be able to do something like that, or put small groupings of them someplace (like in my house it might be going down the stairs on a wall that is bare now.

And you could easily change out the cards to enjoy others from time to time. When I am in an antique store, I am always drawn to the old postcards.

Lynn said...

I love the story of Miss Dillingham. Keep them coming.
What were the Shimble islands do you know?

Artist Unplugged said...

What a treasure of cards! I look forward to them! Have a great weekend!

sukipoet said...

i too love and have a collection of old post cards. and i inherinted from mom a whole scrap book of really old ones. cant show them now though as all packed away.

marianne said...

What a nice story!
I love postcards like these!
Great idea to show them on Friday and let us enjoy your treasures!

have a nice weekend!

Anonymous said...

What a great idea! I love old postcards and am constantly rescuing ones that trys to throw out in his recurring purge binges of old stuff.
Here are 2 links that may be inspirational to the PFF idea...www.shorpy.com www.dulltooldimbulb.blogspot.com
Have fun!
Hilary

Aimee said...

What a wonderful story! I love the postcards.

kj said...

i'm planning to look forward to this, my pal! i LOVE old postcards, front and back.

:)

katie jane said...

I love this idea! I'm from Ohio, but I wasn't aware of this college. It's pretty. I may Google it to see how it looks now. Lots of our old colleges still look the same. These are so cute.

studio lolo said...

Super idea Mim!! I didn't even realize it's Friday, my goodness! I'd better think of an "IF" idea and post a sky.

I love reading these old postcards and seeing the fountain pen scratchings. Keep em' coming!

Postcardy said...

It's nice to keep an old collection together. "The whole is more than the sum of its parts."

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

What a great story.
I love old post cards and have many also. I have a wonderful collection of old greeting cards that my Mom and Grandfather gave to her Mom on various holidays. What a treasure trove of cool old cards. I look forward to seeing yours.

Fern said...

those bears are great!

Marie Reed said...

This is a wonderful! I admire your sweet Mother's honesty. I can almost imagine the scene! This is going to be such an adventure.. I feel lucky to be able to take a weekly peek into your postcard album!

Janeen said...

Happy PFF! Wow, you are sooo lucky! Yes, welcome to the Friday fun! You'll be pre-posting for days and then caught up for the rest of the year. ha ha Those are lovely cards you've selecte, I look forward to many more! Have a great day~

steviewren said...

Didn't people have the most beautiful handwriting in those days? One of my granddaughters recently expressed surprise to see her daddy writing something on paper...it seems she thought he could only type on a keyboard.

Thanks for the visit to my blog. Come back anytime!

Pearl said...

What a terrific post... Indeed, you're quite blessed to have such a collection, but to have the personal history behind it is even more of a blessing. You'll be glad one day that you've taken the time to scan the images and get their stories down in writing... Thanks for sharing, and I'm delighted to be able to go along on this journey with you...
~blessings~
Pearl

Judith Richards Shubert said...

Hi Mim, it's great to meet you. I love the postcards. The one of college has such beautiful colors when enlarged. And the Bears are so cute!

I'd love you to check out my blogs, Food Gratitude and Genealogy Traces where I've participated in my very 1st Postcard Friendship Friday.

Debra Kay said...

Mim, I love old postcards, especially ones that were actually sent. I'm so glad we found each other in this big wide world.