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A Festival of Postcards (Premiere Issue) Wheels


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!

Feature Article

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’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 Journey Around the World Earney Gerhard

Postcardy Lynne

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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A FESTIVAL OF POSTCARDS – Headquarters (June 2009 – Main Street)

May 25, 2009 - Posted by | .


  1. Thank you so much for the opportunity to participate in this carnival. I can only imagine how involved it must be to pull all these together and write something about each one. I appreciate all you have done. I hope I have other postcards to be able to participate in the future.


    Comment by kbea831 | May 25, 2009 | Reply

  2. Evelyn:

    You have done such a masterful job with this wonderful new carnival. Thank you so much for featuring my article and allowing me to stretch the category of wheels.

    I loved this, and I will be back with something on “Main Street.”



    Comment by footnotemaven | May 25, 2009 | Reply

  3. Evelyn, this is so much fun. I’m learning a lot about postcards to be sure and meeting some new bloggers. Thanks for all this hard work!
    See you next carnival.


    Comment by Judith Richards Shubert | May 26, 2009 | Reply

  4. What fun! You had me at your first announcement, but the this convinces me that this carnival will be a continuing success. I can’t wait for the next edition.


    Comment by Denise Olson | May 26, 2009 | Reply

  5. Am reading Stephanie’s “…Elvis has left the building” and love it. Can’t find a way to leave her a comment, however, so hope she sees this one! Good post, Stephanie!


    Comment by Judith Richards Shubert | May 26, 2009 | Reply

    • I saw it, Judith! Thanks! And thanks for letting me know my comment settings were off! 🙂


      Comment by Stephanie | May 26, 2009 | Reply

  6. Great post, thanks for featuring me!


    Comment by Elina | May 26, 2009 | Reply

  7. A really excellent collection of postcards to peruse! Thank you so much for putting this together, because it must take an enormous effort on your part.


    Comment by Sheila | May 26, 2009 | Reply

  8. Evelyn,

    That was a lot of fun and a great idea. I sure hope I can meet the challenge each month – and even if I can’t, I will certainly look forward to seeing everyone else’s goodies!



    Comment by Donna | May 26, 2009 | Reply

  9. I was impressed with how many people had postcards their ancestors had saved. I wish my ancestors had saved postcards. I have saved all my postcards in addition to my regular collection. Most of my family postcards were sent by my Uncle in the 1950s, but I have a smattering of others too.

    I have used some of them to make memory books to share with relatives. I scan front and back, print on white cardstock, and use regular 3-ring binders with the printed pages inserted in page protectors.


    Comment by postcardy | May 26, 2009 | Reply

  10. I just return from vacation and realised that i had missed this blog-event. Hope able to join in the next one.


    Comment by Lay Hoon | June 3, 2009 | Reply

  11. Thanks for your invitation to participate in the Festival of Postcards.


    Comment by Abhishek | June 17, 2009 | Reply

    • You’re very welcome, Abhishek. I look forward to seeing your first entries!


      Comment by evelynyvonnetheriault | June 17, 2009 | Reply

  12. I love your post card collection. It gives me the oppotunity to see back in time. my ancestors were Mathurin Dube and Marie Campion. He farmed the land at La Pocatiere.


    Comment by Alice Reif | June 20, 2009 | Reply

  13. Nice to meet you, Alice.
    Mathurin and Marie intersect my line way near the top (3rd gen. I think?) and I also have a direct ancestor married to a Dube (Basile Mignier m. Catherine Dube, daughter of Jean Francois Dube and Angelique Cote, 1779).
    Of course, most of the families of 18th century Riviere-Ouelle do intersect!


    Comment by evelynyvonnetheriault | June 20, 2009 | Reply

  14. hello !!! loved your site. I live on Vancouver island, but my family the Boutin’s were from La Patrie , Quebec. The Eastern Townships. My mothers family grew up quite poor in downtown Montreal. her father Edouard Ash had a mother who was iroquois. I have never been able to trace my roots, in the 60s and 70s it was all hush hush in french canadian families. i would love to know how to figure it all out. I would be so proud to know I have native blood. please let me know how I can be a part of this, My parents have amazing postcards. Thank you. Louise Boutin


    Comment by Louise Boutin | December 13, 2012 | Reply

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