Blue Rapids

Blue Rapids RPPCThis one was mailed from Blue Rapids, Kansas to Esther Novotny in Clarkson, Nebraska on October 13, 1920. I didn’t see it at first, but the man at the left is holding a rather substantial camera at his side. This card came from a large collection of real photo postcards, all from a single family. The branches of this family tree are complex, with family members apparently residing in Nebraska, Kansas, and Iowa. On the back:

Home again, working again down in the good old Kansas sunflower state. You tell Erin[Em?] we still remember the time we enjoy at Iowa. Wish I took more pictures. How did George’s turn out? Hope he sends me some. Am anxious to see all of them. Have seen quite a few already, some funny ones.
Will, Hula

An Outing

RPPCThis real photo postcard was mailed from Ely, Iowa to Clarkson, Nebraska on September 7, 1914. On the back:

Hello Esther –
Am sending you here another one of those cards. We were a little too much in the sun. We are all making faces.
With love,

Woman in Adams, Nebraska

Adams, Nebraska womanAddressed to a Mr. Johnnie Bohm in DuBois, Nebraska, this real photo postcard was mailed from Adams, Nebraska on May 7th, 1912. The image is a curious one, as it seems to be a candid shot from a time when photographs were typically posed. Written on the back:

Kind friend how are you making it these timelong[?] days? I am making mine planting corn. You must be on the lookout with this card or the old lady will be after you again. Answer soon,
Henry Jauken[?]

Father O’Keefe

Father O'Keefereverse of postcardAgainst formidable odds, Father O’Keefe resurrected San Luis Rey Mission from a condition of utter ruin. On the back of the postcard we see the stamp indicating that it was purchased at “Ramona’s Marriage Place”. If you’re not hep to Ramona, then why not peruse my collection of Ramona Postcards, where you’ll learn the story behind the fictitious bride.

Hungry Alligator in Florida

Hungry Alligatorpostcard backI liked this postcard immediately when I spotted it at the antique mall this afternoon, and I really liked it when I saw the back. Not only do you show the folks back home an image of the vicious alligators you encountered, but you also get to tell them about the horrific temperatures you endured!

1960 Cushman Scooters

Cushman ScootersAn advertising postcard promoting the 1960 Cushman scooters. On the back:

Beautiful new 1960 Cushman scooters are the modern way to go. Sleekly designed and precision engineered, they offer the ultimate in dynamic performance and low cost of operation. The smart Road King is shown at left in the picture, the dynamic Super Eagle at right.