A Festival of Postcards (Premiere Issue) Wheels – May 2009
A Festival of Postcards Premiere Edition – Wheels
Welcome to the first issue of A Festival of Postcards – a new carnival where bloggers can share their love of vintage and modern postcards. Whether you’re a casual or serious collector, whether postcards are your primary focus or just an addition to your study of art or social history, it makes no difference. If you love postcards, you’ve come to the right place! In this issue you’ll see dozens of postcards related to WHEELS, including bicycles, boats, cars and trains as well as water wheels and oil derricks, and spinning wheels and amusement park rides. There’s something for every taste from vintage b/w to shiny chrome and from serious to quite hilarious. So please sit back, start clicking and enjoy yourself!
In this month’s feature article – Big Wheels – footnoteMaven lets us peek over her shoulder as she analyzes a postcard. footnoteMaven is well-known in the genealogy community as the person behind the spectacular Shades Of The Departed site where she shares not only her collection of photographs but also her experience in managing that collection over a twenty year period.
Transportation Postcards (Motorized)
Our first postcard in this category is Donna Pointkouski’s b/w pc of an Illinois Garage in 1932 while our second comes from Stephanie Linecum and it takes us to the 1950s era where she tells us that Elvis has Left the Building, but I got a Postcard! Postcardy Lynne takes us for a tour of the Ford Drama of Transportation Exhibit at the 1934 World’s Fair while and thenshe bring us forward to the 1950s and shares a 1956 Chevrolet Station Wagon . Dragan Buskulic, a Croatian blogger, shares not one, but three Slovenian postcards that depict vintage automobiles: a 1959 Fiat 600, 1960 Piccolo 6HP and an 1898 Benz Velo. Next you can Drive with LLOYD, courtesy of Earney Gerhard and then check out Elina Tozzi’s ’50s Bon Voyage! Now, before leaving the cars behind, I’d suggest one more pit stop at Lynne’s blog where her post Ford Comics Postcards will surely put a smile on your face! Then take a look at some trucks with Jenny Yu’s gorgeously decorated truck from the Philippines and Lynne’s postcard and research about the Brady Motorfrate Company.
Six bloggers chose to feature public transporation. First up is Judith Richards Shubert with her streetcar in Wheels of Change on the Rade de Brest. Next we have Carol Yates Wilkerson with Railroad Wheels and Brett Payne’s Electric Trams in Derby, 1904-1934. Prefer the water? T Casteel shares her postcard of a stern paddle-wheel riverboat while Vickie Everhart offers a 19th-Century Steam Side-Wheeler. Finally, for a look at a rarer form of public transport you can drop by Paris for a look at Sophie’s Funiculaire at Montmartre. Finally, Karen Packard Rhodes sent in a only multi-view postcard with our only airplane.
Transportation Postcards (Non-motorized)
Were you thinking horses? Well, of course we have horses! M.Diane Rogers presents a four wheeled buggy from Scotland’s Ettrick Valley while Lester Larabee takes us to Thorndike, Maine for buggies and buckboards. and Delia Furrier shows us a horse & cart postcard form her Nellie Baley Collection. Now, for something a little different just mosey on over to Susan J. Edminster’s blog and check out the The Goat Cart. Not smiling yet? Don’t leave without checking out Emery Strand’s cart which Exceeds the Speed Limit in California and then take a look at Sheila’s ‘Bicycle for a Little Red Hen! animal-powered transportation postcard.
Are you a cycling enthusiast? You’ll definitely want to see Greta Koehl’s Welsh vintage high wheeler, Ya Chu’s contemporary Taiwanese bicycle and Linda’s Big Britches on a cool tricycle! , John Gasson’s ‘Wheels and Orphans! and Lynn Imajica’s Malaysian Tripshaw. A last postcard in the category of human-powered transport is Julie Cahil Tarr’s baby baby carriage.
Postcards of The Wheel In The Workplace
The two first cards in this category show some of the earliest ways in which the wheel eased man’s labour. The first – a spinning wheel – is presented by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault, while the second is a waterwheel offered by Denise Olson. The next two workplace cards bring us closer into the industrial present as Kay Bauman takes us for a visit to some Oklahoma Oil Derricks and Smallest Leaf shows us The way down under: Pottsville miners and their pit car.And finally Susan Writes shares the most recent machine which is called the Burrell Road Engine.
A Grab Bag of Postcards
Here’s a last little selection of postcards. I suggest you start with a handful of Violet Lifesavers courtesy of Marie Reed and then head on over to Henk van Kampen’s blog for a “wheely” good time. You can even relax a few minutes with Judy’s kitten and then try out the Joy Wheel at an Edwardian Fairground.
Our final postcard comes to us from Mario Ribeiro and depicts the Argentine dance duo of Irene e Eduardo Obrigado.
Blogs featured in A Festival of Postcards – Wheels (May 2009)
(Note: List will be completed by tomorrow!)
A Canadian Family Evelyn Yvonne Theriault (CDN)
About Postcards Linda (UK)
Bits and Pieces. Lester Larrabee
CanadaGenealogy, or, ‘Jane’s Your Aunt’ M.Diane Rogers
Cpaphil Postcards Marie Reed
Elina Cuts Loose Elina Tozzi
Flipside Linda Hghes Hise
Genealogy Traces Judith Richards Shubert
Greta’s Genealogy Bog Greta Koehl
imajica is imajicated Lyan Imajica
iPentimento Carol Yates Wilkerson
Karen About Genealogy Karen Packard Rhodes
Kay B’s Place Kay Bauman
Linecum Lineage Linecum Stephanie
Mega Tree Genealogy Emery Strand
Moultrie Creek Denise Olson
Photo-Sleuth Brett Payne
POSTCARD:: 痞客邦 PIXNET Jenny Yu
Postcard Journey Around the World Earney Gerhard
Pre stamped Postcards&Aerogrammes Dragan Buskuluc
Roots Henk van Kampen
Shades Of The Departed footnoteMaven
Small-leaved Shamrock Smallest Leaf
The Family File Sue Edminster
What’s Past is Prologue, Donna Pointkouski
Who Will Tell Their Story? Julie Cahill Tarr
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