Friday, May 8, 2009

Postcard Friday - Madison sq and a beach

At first I assumed that this was Coney Island only because alot of the postcards in my collection are from NYCity - but now I don't think so. Maybe the Jersey shore?


I say Jersey shore because of the note on the back of the card " The run down here was simply great. The roads splendid. Enjoying it immensely. Love Tillie" And the card was sent to East 18th street in Brooklyn.
Well, knowing the geography well - you probably wouldn't write about driving to Coney Island - which is why I think that one of Eugenie's friends got adventurous and drove to NEW JERSEY - on those splendid roads and stayed for a time on the Jersey Shore.

Of course after all this conjecture on my part, and looking for clues...I finally noticed the postmark from...

Atlantic City, New Jersey.

I'm such a good sleuth~


This is a current picture of the night life on the Pier at Atlantic City - looks a bit more lively than the postcard.
This one is a picture of Madison Square in NYC - no writing on the back. But I just love it - look at all those horse drawn carts and the awnings on the windows. This picture is taken from the "Fuller Building" which is also known as the Flatiron Building in Madison Square. I don't have a postcard of the Flatiron Building but have found a few pictures of it now so you can see the difference between the Madison Square of 1909 and now.



This is the Flatiron Building now - in Madison Square. No sleepy town square anymore.


Happy Postcard Friendship Friday all.

19 comments:

Fern said...

Boardwalk in the winter and my blue, Sears, three-speed...ah...I could go on and on. Loved living at the shore. It was a good year.

love seeing your postcards too Mim...

Marie Reed said...

What a wonderful postcard time machine! I loved being transported to Jersey shore adventures of 1909! Happy PFF!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Even the address to the receipiants is interesting to me on these post cards. Now days there are so many people and places in the city you have to practically draw a map to have a postcard delivered. Have a great weekend Mim.

sukipoet said...

fun to see the then and now. yes, postmarks give good clues though sometimes they are blurred or faded. wish i had my post card collection handy. i'd share mine too.

Mandala Michelle said...

I think I'm getting homesick! Thanks for the pics of the city.

Debby said...

WOW!!! Beautiful postcards. Love your banner and blog.
Debby

studio lolo said...

I really enjoy these postcard journeys Mim! I long for yesteryear, personally. I love the one cent stamp! I just bought postcard stamps for the road trip and the postage is 28 cents now. 74 cents for abroad...no pun intended!

Lynn said...

Such fun this is and I love your sleuthing! No awnings on the modern buildings either... ;~)
Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend.
Putting your cards in mail today!
Your mail arrived safely, thanks.
xo LOVE that FISH!!!!

Robin said...

Wonderful cards....
I love how you gave us a dated comparison.

Have a beautiful weekend

Artist Unplugged said...

I so enjoy these postcards, so interesting. I sort of long for the 'yesteryears' too.

kj said...

mim, i like the handwriting and messages best of all. it seems everybody used fountain pens then. probably then there WEREN'T ball point pens?!

this is a wonderful series. but mim, where is ms. em? is she having fun?

:)

MuseSwings said...

It's fun looking for clues and findin more information about the sites and senders, isn't it? Very timely - the postmark is 100 years old this month.

Daryl said...

the front of the first card says Steeple Chase and Steel Pier both of which were in Atlantic City

And actually Madison Square (Park) is to the left of the Flatiron Bldg. Its still there ...

Daryl said...

Oh.. and they dont call that area Madison Sq. Its called .. The Flatiron District!

Terry said...

Love your postcards today.
The information you shared of the old and new was fantastic.
Happy PFF.

Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

love the cards and the sentiments...and wondering about the people, too

Mim said...

Thanks all - this is fun...

KJ - she's around...just wait

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

Love the post card. The mention of the Boardwalk kind of made me think NJ. Good job you could read the postmark. Loved the message.It conjured up visions of carefree days of old, Or from an old movie. My favorite so far.

Snowbrush said...

Thanks for sharing these. I'll take a look-see for a card of the of the Flat Iron Bldg, and if you should have any cards of Brookhaven, Mississippi (or environs) or Eugene, Oregon, I would love to trade.