Okay, it's snowing in places it shouldn't be snowing, and we've had a cold winter so far, although we had a little January thaw, so how about we go somewhere warm? So this is Day 1 of a trip south in Baja California, Mexico. When I was a kid I was confused - it says California, but it's Mexico. Huh? But don't be confused - it is every bit Mexico.
So let's start right south of the border in Tijuana. I've been looking for an excuse to put up this postcard because of this building. I love this postcard of the Fronton Palace where Jai Alai Games were played. Jai Alai is the "world's fastest game" and sometimes called Basque Ball. It originated in the Basque Country which is on the border between Spain and France in the Pyrenees. (I'm proud of my tiny bit of Basque heritage.) The game was gaining in popularity in the middle of the 20th Century, but it didn't last in the Western World as a large scale spectator sport. You can still play it. I suggest just googling "where can I play Jai Alai" and you'll find places. It looks like you may end up in Florida to play. I found pics of recent games here - a come back?
But I haven't spoken about Tijuana yet! I'm not going to get political about the Mexican border tonight. Tijuana is on the US border at San Diego. Its population is nearing 1.7 million. It's got global city status. 300,000 people cross the border in one direction or the other each day. There's a lot of manufacturing here and it's becoming a cultural destination. That brings us back to the building on the card - this iconic building has been saved. You can now go to concerts there. The Jai Alai statue remains along with the sign. I was thrilled to read this. I love to see historic buildings preserved.
Please join me again tomorrow!
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To honor the Reverend Dr Martin Luther King, Jr (January 15, 1929-April 4, 1968) I am dedicating this theme to him. This is Day 3 of Places Where MLK Spoke. As a Minister and Civil Rights Leader Dr King was a prolific speaker. He delivered so many sermons and speeches that there's not any accurate count of how many times he spoke to groups of people.
This is an antique postcard of London, England. King spoke internationally and he spoke in London a few days before he accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway in 1964. I don't know where in London he spoke, but this was my favorite of the London postcards in the box.
This speech was recently rediscovered. I'm going to quote from Democracy Now: "
"In a Democracy Now! and Pacifica Radio Archives exclusive, we air a newly discovered recording of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On December 7, 1964, days before he received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, King gave a major address in London on segregation, the fight for civil rights and his support for Nelson Mandela and the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa. The speech was recorded by Saul Bernstein, who was working as the European correspondent for Pacifica Radio. Bernstein’s recording was recently discovered by Brian DeShazor, director of the Pacifica Radio Archives." It's important for us to continue King's battle for justice, equality, and peace. We still have a long way to go.
Thank you for joining me in honoring Dr King's legacy. Please join me again tomorrow for a new theme.
If you are interested in purchasing these 3 cards together please comment and send me a direct message. I will take 30% off the price. US postage is $2.75 for up to 12 cards.
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To honor the Reverend Dr Martin Luther King, Jr (January 15, 1929-April 4, 1968) I am dedicating this theme to him. This is Day 2 of Places Where MLK Spoke. As a Minister and Civil Rights Leader Dr King was a prolific speaker. He delivered so many sermons and speeches that there's not any accurate count of how many times he spoke to groups of people.
King went to Graduate School at Boston University from 1951-5 earning his Doctorate in systemic theology. He delivered speeches and sermons in the area. His most famous was delivered 10 years later on April 22, 1965 at the Massachusetts State. He gave a speech that ended up almost word for word with his "I Have a Dream" speech from a couple of years before. This speech was honored at the State House 50 years later.
I've met a person or two who knew him and his wife Coretta Scott King in Boston. It's always interesting and awe-inspiring to speak with people who have met him and his wife. I was a kid when he was assassinated, but I remember it, as well as Robert Kennedy's assassination in the same year. 1968 was a rough year.
Boston has another man to thank for helping calm the city after King's assassination - James Brown. Brown had a long scheduled concert. There had been riots in parts of Boston and the concert was under threat of being cancelled for safety concerns. After some negotiation Mayor Kevin White reached an agreement with Brown and public TV station WGBH to carry the concert. Crime was lower than normal that night. James Brown kept trouble at bay during the show by convincing some young men who were climbing up on the stage to go back down. Well done!
Please join me again tomorrow for another Place Where MLK Spoke.
This is Day 3 of How to Get Up the Mountain. This is also an entry into the Libraries of Instagram challenge Library Wonderland from @jordan_library. I love this challenge much more than winter itself! Today's Vintage Chrome Postcard has a more effective and common mode of transportation than last night's card - a Gondola Lift. This is in Voss, Norway. It seems ironic after today's White House news, but I promise I picked this out days ago! In fact I chose it over a Real Photo Postcard because the Gondola was so far away in the shot that it was hard to see. I've only done 3 Ways, but there are some others including helicopters and tow ropes.
Voss Resort is a large resort in Western Norway. There are 10 Lifts! You can go downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, and take lessons. There's a children's area complete with an occasional visit from a Troll. When the season is over you can go White Water Rafting, Fishing, Riverboarding, and more. There are places to eat and drink. I'll meet you in the lounge. I'll be watching the Winter Olympics next month. I'm sure the Norwegians will do fantastic.
I hope you've enjoyed this theme. Tomorrow I'll be starting a theme for Martin Luther King, Jr Day. Please join me again.
If you're interested in buying these 3 cards as a set please say so in comments and I'll send you a message. Themes are 30% off. Postage in the USA with tracking is $2.75. International varies. I haven't totalled these up yet. Up to 12 cards fit in the same cardboard mailer for same postage. I've got recent themes together as well. I'll hold them aside until the end of February since my next show isn't until March 11th.
This is Day 3 of Stages of Snow which is part of the Libraries of Instagram challenge Library Wonderland.
In honor of plow drivers we have a "Rotary Snow Plow in Action Moscow - Troy Highway". I believe this is Idaho Highway 8. It runs from the Washington State Line in Moscow (pop 23,800 in 2010) to Troy (pop. 862) and beyond to Elk River (pop. 125) for about 53 1/2 miles (86.24 kilometers). I have postcards with bigger snowbanks, but none are Real Photo Postcards! I've never noticed a Rotary plow; most are regular plows. I think the sidewalk plows are rotary type. They were common on railroads - are they still? I found some large ones for airports and industrial spaces. This postcard was probably taken between 1925-1950. I've got no idea of the vintage of the plow.
Yesterday we got a Snow Bomb! I went outside just after midnight for a little bit and the sky was clear. By early morning the Barometric Pressure Had dropped quickly and it was snowing. It snowed and blew around almost all day. Basically this Stage of Snow is enough to frustrate many people, to cause difficulties and power outages, to be dangerous to be on the roads, to cause transportation slow downs, to give children and some workers snow days, and to give plow drivers a lot of work. I stay in as much as possible.
I know many of you experienced snow, even for the first time in decades in some areas. This came with an historically high tide. Every coastal community in Massachusetts had at least some impact. There was a lot of flooding. A whole parking lot was underwater with dozens of cars potentially destroyed. What's worse is the bitter cold snap. After the snow things are freezing.
I hope you've enjoyed this theme. Please join me tomorrow!
This is Day 3 of Celebrations in Brussels, Belgium in Honor the New Year. Last night I posted the Brussels Universal Exposition, 1910 (Exposition Universelle et Internationale de Bruxelles). This is from the 1958 Exposition (Exposition Universelle de Bruxelles, Wereldtentoonstelling Brussel). One of the most famous buildings of the Exposition is Atomium which looks like an oversize Atom. It still stands and can be seen in many photographs. But I like this battered and mailed postcard better than the ones I have of it. This doesn't even have the stamp on it anymore.
Last night I listed the Expos that have been held in Belgium. Tonight I'm just going to list some of my favorite things about Belgium. I'm not saying that the country is perfect. No country is perfect.
Chocolate. About 125 Breweries. About 800 kinds of Beer. Belgian Waffles. Bicycle Routes. Extensive Trains. Longest Tram Line in the world. Good Public Transportation. Europe's Largest Rose Garden. Carnivals and Processions. Belgians Invented Oil Painting. Saxophone was invented by a Belgian. Tintin. Smurfs. Lucky Luke. Chocolate. Audrey Hepburn. Most Punctual Airport. Great Architecture. Mannekin Pis - the statue of the little boy taking a leak - and its myriad of costumes. René Magritte. Castles. Chocolate. Rock Werchter music festival. World War I Museum in Ypres. 2nd Lowest Salary Gap Between Men and Women in Europe. French Fries (Pommes Frites, Chips). Multi-lingual. First Printed Newspapers. Aramith Pool Balls made here. Did I mention Chocolate?
And so Happy New Year! Bonne Année! Gelukkig nieuwjaar!
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Cromwell Dixon was hailed as a mechanical genius in 1907 at the age of 13. The teenage inventor built and flew airships in Columbus, Ohio before signing on with the famous Glenn Curtiss in New York and flying the world’s first airplanes. At the time, he was youngest licensed pilot in the United States.
At 19 years old, Dixon became the first pilot in history to fly over the Continental Divide. He made the flight over the Rocky Mountains near Helena, Montana, in 1911. Just two days later, while performing an exhibition flight for the state fair in Spokane, Washington, a sudden and violent crash took the young pilot’s life. This postcard of the inventor and pilot is available at auction this week on eBay. See the link to our auctions in our profile.
For Day 2 of Theatre in the Big Apple we've got another card that could be sent right from the show. This was quite a musical extravaganza - Erik Charell's "White Horse Inn". "Imagine you've missed me by now and wish I would come home again. So do I. See you soon, Anne". And there it went to Pittsfield, Massachusetts with no mention of how good the show was.
I didn't think too much about this except for how colorful it was at first. "Starring Wm. Gaxton and Kitty Carlisle - Center Theatre - Rockefeller Center, N. Y. C." I found first of all that this lovely theatre was demolished in 1954 after only about 21 years. It was also a movie theatre for a time in there. It was altered several times. The last big show was the 1954 Academy Awards.
The play itself was even more interesting because it was from a German operetta. By now the Nazis were in power so changes were made to make it more palatable to American audiences. It became a musical instead of an operetta. Character names were changed.
It was pretty racy, in part because of the Lady Godiva bathing suit that was part of the story. It was flesh colored with buttons in the front making them look somewhat naked like the namesake. A swimming pool scene had to be cut. There were elements of homosexuality that had to be toned down. Jazz elements, minstrel show elements, and Jewish connections were tamed to appease the racist Germans. It paid off because it ran for over 200 shows.
If you've still got some holiday shopping to do consider tickets to a live show - theatre, dance, concert, or comedy.
This show wasn't really on Broadway as we imagine large musical to be. It does qualify as Theatre in the Big Apple, and I hope you'll join me for another postcard tomorrow!
7 1726:38 AM Dec 24, 2017
This is Day 1 of Theatre in the Big Apple. At this time of year many of us are trying to figure out last minute presents - why not tickets to live theatre, dance or music? I chose all NYC postcards because a few years ago I took my younger daughter to see PeeWee Herman on Broadway. We took an overnight bus, used all our hotel points for our hotel, and braved a fierce snowstorm for a very short trip. We even got to hear him talk to audience outside afterwards, although we didn't know it was going to happen so we missed some of that. We even had taken a pedicab ride to get to the theatre because traffic was crazy because of the snow! Afterwards we walked around Times Square which was getting ready for New Year's Eve. We were home before that craziness started.
It was extra fun because I hadn't spent a night in New York City in so long! Usually I take a Red Eye Bus down and then leave about 6 PM so I can take the subway home after the bus arrives in Boston. Plus the only plays I'd been to there were Off Off Broadway!
So enough about my story! I hope I'm not boring you. This is an audience postcard from "Claudia", written and directed by Rose Franken. The ushers would take the card back if you filled it in and addressed it. The theatre would even provide the stamp. This show ran at the Booth Theatre in 1941-2 and then a couple of others for a total of over 700 performances. It's a comedy and there are a series of books by Rose Franken. I found them on Goodreads when I was trying to get info on the play.
Want info on Broadway plays? Go to ibdb.com which is a fantastic resource. Want to get someone a great gift? Tickets to a live performance whether it's on Broadway, a community theatre, a dance performance, or live music.
Please join me again tomorrow!
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For Day 3 of Nomadic Peoples we're going to North America. "Blackfeet Indian Showing His Newly Acquired War Bonnet" it says as 2 women look on. They're in a forested area beside a body of water. Traditionally they lived in an area that covers parts of Montana, Idaho and Wyoming in the USA, and Saskatchewan, Alberta and part of British Columbia in Canada. They followed the American Bison or Buffalo that were central to life and culture.
Like many First Nations/Native Americans they adapted to life with horses brought by European armies and settlers. Horses became an integral part of life. Plains Indians used them for transport, hunting, and battling. Members of Blackfoot Confederacy and Blackfeet Nation were known for bravery and equestrian skills.
No matter how brave or skilled they were no match for the European settlers who slaughtered the buffalo by the hundreds of thousands, brought diseases, took their land, and committed genocide. There are no Nomadic Peoples in Canada or the United States that are able to live the lifestyle today. Indigenous Peoples worldwide struggle to retain languages, cultures, and traditional ways.
The Blackfeet used teepees for housing because they're portable, much like tents and yurts. Nomads have art, but it must be things that can be carried - decorated teepees, jewelry, decorated clothing and accessories, body art and modifications, and religious artifacts. They don't create permanent housing, elaborate buildings and large places of worship. They don't engage in large scale farming of crops, but they may have herd animals. It is an endangered way of life.
I hope you've enjoyed this theme suggested by my 21 year old. Please join me tomorrow for a new theme! As always comments and corrections welcome!
6 1906:56 AM Dec 22, 2017
For Day 2 of Nomadic Peoples we're going North to North Africa. This antique French language postcard of the Scenes et Types series shows an unspecified Tribu en Route (Tribe en Route) along with pack animals. I found one mailed from Tunisia and also found it listed as Algeria. They could be Berber, Tuareg, or Bedouin. They're likely in the Sahara Desert which is spread among 10 countries.
The pressure on Nomadic Peoples to settle is real. But this kind of life puts less pressure on the environment than having people settled. I hate to do this (again), but I'm going to quote an article from The Daily Beast. I've saved the link if anyone want me to send it to them. "Nomadic life needs investment. Grazing routes need to be protected. More wells need to be dug, and nomads need greater access to equipment, medicine and veterinary education. If nomadic life flourishes, the desert will have its guardians; the incentive to cooperate with jihadists will shrink, along with the rate of drug-trafficking, arms-smuggling and migration...." Please join me again tomorrow for another Nomadic Peoples postcard. We'll be off to a different continent!
Note: I've complained in the past about the changes to Instagram. When I looked at my top 9 posts of 2017 most were from the early part of the year. This has been a labor of love for me as well as a way to help my tiny little business. I've got fewer likes than last year, despite having more followers. You can turn on post notifications for me or follow the hashtag #time_traveler_postcards so that you'll be more likely to see what I post. Some people still have things show in their feed, others not for weeks at a time. I've got the best followers out there so this is especially frustrating.
This is Day 1 of Nomadic Peoples. This is a vintage Real Photo Postcard of "Masai Warriors". The Masai/Maasai live in Kenya and Tanzania. I'm doing some research as best I can in limited time with limited space. These are subjects that deserve more. If I get some thing wrong don't hesitate to say something!
Nomads move from place to place. Some are Semi-Nomadic, as the Maasai are. Some are considered Migratory and some are more full time Nomads. There are hunter-gatherer, herders or pastoral, and those that offer a craft or trade. I see the Maasai referred to as both hunter-gatherers and pastoral, but they are mostly the latter as they have herds of cattle. They rely on the cattle for milk and meat. The shields here are likely made of wood and leather.
It's hard to live a Nomadic lifestyle in the 21st century. The Maasai are under pressure from their governments to live a settled life. They are resisting. The number of people living traditional lifestyles around the world us dwindling. Along with lifestyle, culture and languages disappear.
The Maasai are more well known than many other Nomads. Their warriors are famous, and they have been seen in some movies. Their population numbers about 1.6 million. Many other indigenous groups around the world have much smaller populations, some only in the hundreds.
Many Maasai live near nature reserves in the Masai Mara Desert. They welcome visitors to their villages.
Please join me tomorrow for another postcard of Nomadic Peoples.
NOTE: *Some ancient practices of the Masai may seem wrong to us. Frankly I'm opposed to asking people with little or no contact with other groups to change any cultural practice. The more contact people have, the more we could ask them to stop certain practices.
For Day 3 of December Holidays we are going to Capharnaum, Israel for Hanukkah/Chanukah. I thought I'd continue the Ancient Civilization and Archeology tone to this theme. I wish that I had vintage or antique Hanukkah postcards, but I haven't really seen many. Maybe by next year I'll have some, but the Ruins of this Ancient Synagoge will have to suffice for now.
Hanukkah seems to jump all over the place, but it's based on the Jewish calendar. It's the year 5778. Even the Chinese calendar doesn't go back that far!
I'm going to quote from Chabad.org @chabadorg so I hope they don't mind, "Some 2100 years ago the Land of Israel came under the rule of the Syrian-Greek emperor Antiochus, who issued a series of decrees designed to force his Hellenistic ideology and rituals upon the Jewish people. He outlawed the study of Torah and the observance of its commands, and defiled the Holy Temple in Jerusalem with Greek idols.
A small, vastly outnumbered band of Jews waged battle against the mighty Greek armies, and drove them out of the land. When they reclaimed the Holy Temple, on the 25th of Kislev, they wished to light the Temple’s menorah (candelabrum), only to discover that the Greeks had contaminated virtually all the oil. All that remained was one cruse of pure oil, enough to last one night—and it would take eight days to procure new, pure oil.
Miraculously, the one-day supply of oil lasted eight days and nights, and the holiday of Chanukah was established.
To commemorate and publicize these miracles, we light the Chanukah menorah(also known as a chanukiah) on each of the eight nights of Chanukah." Happy Hanukkah to Jews everywhere. Happy Holidays to anyone celebrating any Holiday! I hope you've enjoyed December Holidays. Please join me again!
I posted a show flyer for the Manchester Vintage Market this Saturday in New Hampshire. I hope to see some of you there!
For Day 3 of Llamas (llama glama) and we're off to Puno, Peru. I know that you can find Llamas in places other than Bolivia and Peru, but most of mine are from these South American countries. Last night's was from Lake Titicaca, Bolivia. Tonight's town is on the lake, but I don't know if these Abode brick houses are lakeside or not.
Lake Titicaca and this town are much higher than Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Denver, Colorado. Llamas have adapted to the thin air as well as the Indigenous Peoples. From National Geographic: "Andeans adapted to the thin air by developing an ability to carry more oxygen in each red blood cell. That is: They breathe at the same rate as people who live at sea level, but the Andeans have the ability to deliver oxygen throughout their bodies more effectively than people at sea level do." (According to the same article people of the Andes, Himalayas, and Ethiopia have different adaptations.
If you go all the way up to this region you'll want to take it slow to get yoir body used to the air.
I know, the theme is Llamas, but I've found the environment they come from, and the people that live there, very intriguing. Llamas are Camelids. They are prone to spitting, and can be stubborn like mules if asked to carry too much weight. But they are sweet and friendly. They're smart and trainable. They've got looks and personality in my book.
I want to suggest a book of fiction "Bedlam Stacks" by Natasha Pulley which I listened to on Audible. Quite a bit of it takes place in the Andes. #natashapulley
I've got no connection to the author, although she has liked my tweets.
I hope you've enjoyed Llamas. Join me tomorrow please!