Postcards

Greetings from the “Land Down Under” [1971 – Australia]

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A description of jet-lag, the superb inflight service, and the quirks of Australian plumbing & electrical fixtures fill up this traveler’s early 1970s message back to the states.

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Sydney, Aust. 7-14-71 2:45 A.M.

Hi Neighbors,

Greetings to you from the “Land Down Under.” I hope this reaches you before you leave. Here it is early morning & I’m wide awake (it is about 11:45 A.M. there on 7-13. It was an 18 hour flight down here on Qantas with excellent service – 1 stewardess & 5 men stewards to serve us. The weather here is sunny & bright even tho it is the dead of winter. Where we have the yellow pages in the phone book – there are pink & the hot & cold faucets are opposite ours & the light switches work upside down. The people are friendly. Have a good trip.

Sincerely, Walt Neiman

Sent to: Kalama, Washington

Postmark: Potts Point, Australia – July 14, 1971

Image: Sydney Harbor Bridge, view of Express Way and North Shore


Postcard Context

Qantas introduce the “Jumbo Jet” into their fleet in September 1971 (Qantas.com), just after the above postcard was sent. Take a look at this meal service.

Boeing : 747Image source: Flickr Commons https://flic.kr/p/7ZCzr7

Further Reading:

Daily Mail: The Golden Age of Australian Airline Travel

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Greetings from Xochimilco [1920 – Mexico]

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Reasons why I find this particular postcard fascinating:

  • Name: An addressee name I’ve never heard before: “Alphild” (a traditional Norse forname)
  • Uncommon date: Postcard popularity slowed in the 1920s, so this is one of the few I have from that decade.
  • Place: Xochimilco is a fascinating location. This postcard was sent before Xochimilco was incorporated into Mexico City in 1928, and retains its distinct identity today. Chinampa is the type of traditional agriculture practice here along the canals, and is a tourist attraction as well.
  • Content:  I always enjoy reading about how the sender got to their destination, and here William H. mentions a pleasant train journey. What a train ride to Mexico City must have been like in 1920 is fascinating to imagine.

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Greetings from Xochimilco Mexico. Had a very pleasant train trip to Mexico City. The weather is Simply Magnificent. How was your trip home? And how is little Alphild?

My Best William H.

  • Misses Alphild & Evanna Larson
  • 5100 S. Cornell
  • Chicago, Ill
  • U.S.A.

Postmark: 17 April 1920 – Mexico


More about the location:

Xochimilco, Early 20th Century

Xochimilco, Mexico.

Ca. 1910-1919 Source: Flickr

Image from page 154 of

Further Reading: Xochimilco Wikipedia

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If you don’t pull the string! [1943 – Jefferson Barracks, Missouri]

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“It Won’t Mean a Thing If You Don’t Pull The String!”

This bright paratrooper cartoon referencing a famous big band hit pokes fun at the serious and dangerous training service members face. On the reverse, Dick inquires about Felix’s new truck. Perhaps it was a Chevy.

I couldn’t find any information about Cpl Chapman’s unit, but Jefferson Barracks, Missouri is a small installation located on the western bank of the Mississippi River active during the Civil War and still home to Army National Guard and Air National Guard units.

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Hello Tyson

Wonder how things are there now. I hear you are doing ok. How about the new truck? Wish I could be there for a while at least. Write.

Dick.

To:

  • Felix Tyson
  • Morrison, Ave
  • Gallatin, Tenn.

From:

  • Cpl. R. h. Chapman
  • 24th T. Ga.A.F.T.T.C
  • Jefferson Bks, MO.

Manufacturer: Beals, Des Moines, Iowa

References:

Jefferson Barracks, Mo Wikipedia

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Mildred at SBTS [1946 – Louisville, Ky]

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Mildred seems to be thriving as a seminary student and happy to be sending an update to her parents back in Georgia.

It was written in spurts, with her mentioning that plans changed before it went in the mail. I especially love the writing on the front, something I have done on postcards myself and most of us do digitally now, doodling on pictures that we can send to friends and family in an instant.

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY stands today, still educating those who are called to Christian ministry.

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“The campus is really pretty now. Especially, as the leaves are beautiful.”

Fri. night —

Dearest Mother & Daddy,

It is colder here today & looks as though it may rain.

School today was full of duties, etc. Reports must go out next week, so I’ll really be busy doing that tonight, I know.

Sabin[?] is fine & and studying as well. There is no special news from here now. We’re both O.K. & hope you are.

Sat.– We’re going to another church to preach tomorrow – leaving this P.M. & will be back tomorrow P.M. – did not go after all.

Lots of love,

Mildred

Will write later.

To: Mr. & Mrs. J. E. Orren[?]

Postmark: Louisville, KY – October 22, 1946

Image: Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Louisville, Kentucky

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Another view of the Castle [1919 – Marseilles, France]

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Through some quick census research, I’m fairly sure this postcard was sent by Herbert to his father. It boggles my mind that this postcard was sent nearly a century ago.

Tarascon-sur-Rhone Wikipedia

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Another view of the Castle. Am on my way to Taulon and St Raphael. Am in Marsailles now.

Yours

A. C. Umberger

To:

  • Mr. G. E. Umberger
  • 326 E. Bucyrus St.
  • Crestline, Ohio

From:

  • Herbert C. Umberger

Postmark: U.S. Army Post Office M.P.F.S. Mar 20, 1919

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Sugar Cane Harvest [1956 – Cuba, via Miami]

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This one comes from a period of great upheaval in Cuba, but the sugar cane still needed to be harvested.

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Havana – Jan 20th

The sugar-cane harvest begins this week. We saw the carts being loaded as we drove from Matauzas this morning.

Love,

Grandmother

They cut with machetes. Gram

To:

  • David B. Stewart
  • 909 Woodmont Blvd.
  • Nashville, Tenn.

Postmark: Miami, Fla. – Jan 21, 1956 – Fight infant paralysis Join March of Dimes

Front image: Cutting sugar cane. Habana. Corte de Caña

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Please be good boys [1961 – Washington, D.C.]

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This dad misses his sons. I miss the time before TSA screening lines.

But, this is really a very sweet postcard message from a dad.

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6:15 Sun NITE

Hi boys,

Daddy is sitting in the place while they re-fuel and take on food for our supper in Knoxville. I wish you could see the big DC-6 I’m on. And the weather is so pretty. I do wish you could have flown with me.

Please be good boys, and I’ll be writing you every single day.

Love, Daddy

To:

  • Mike & Perry Lindquist
  • Route #3
  • Portland, Tenn.

Postmark: Washington, D.C. – Nov 5, 1961

Stamp: $.07 US Air Mail

Image: American Airlines 707

 

 

 

Commentary, Postal History

Is National Air Mail Week still a thing?

It seems that the “National –insert cause here– Week” concept has been around for much longer than I thought.

At its introduction, one had to pay a premium for air mail service (24 cents) compared to regular first-class mail (3 cents). With the serious occupational hazards the first air mail pilots endured, I think the price was justified.

According to Edward A. Keogh, 1927, the earliest Air Mail service in the United States carried many more postcards than other type of mail, by a landslide, though the dates over which this tally was amassed is unclear.

Postcards 32,415 87%
Letters 3,993 11%
Circulars 1,062 3%
Total 37470

Though postcards are becoming rarer, we are now more dependent on air transport of mail than ever. How could we get our online purchases “over-nighted” without our packages continuing to take to the sky?


 

Side note: Philately is far too competitive for my taste, but I recently learned more about the famous “Inverted Jenny” stamp, the holy grail of stamp collectors valued at about $1 million. The stamp came about because of the rush to produce the 24 cent air mail postage. I much prefer the humanity that is revealed on vintage send postcards, but it’s also a hobby that’s much easier on the wallet than stamp collecting.

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Anne in Olympia [Washington, 1932]

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For some reason I picture Anne as being very stylish. She definitely seems to be fond of hotel hopping.

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Jan. 15, 1932

Hello John!

Just moved over to this hotel. It’s better looking. We have been having snow & plenty.

Toodle-lo

Anne

  • John O. Hunt
  • Tennessee City, Tenn

Postmark: Olympia, Washington – January 16, 1932

Image: Hotel Olympian, Olympia Washington – Western Hotels Inc.


More postcards from Anne to John:

Anne in Everett [1931, Washington]

Anne’s Boss [1932, Washington]