Monday, December 03, 2012

D’Jelmako le Blondin

D’Jelmako le Blondin (Etienne Blanc 1857 – 1933), was a French Canadian Indian who toured France as a circus performer. He specialized in the high wire. A daring tight rope walker, he died while performing and is buried in the Saint Lazare cemetery, Montpellier, France.

He was also the inverter of the flying torpedo!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Two sides of war

 British troops setting off for the continent.

Prisonners of war.  I imagine that many families would have been pleased to receive this card.  On the back the details of their soldier and the address of the camp he was being held in.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Tom Tits and Chaffinches

I found each of these cards separately and by coincidence when I was looking for something else. They were published by Raphael Tuck and Sons. There are lots more of their cards for you to browse through here

Monday, October 22, 2012

The wreck of the 9th Avenue

I did a double take when I discovered the date of this accident on the elevated railway in Manhattan – September 11th 1905. The account of the accident

Friday, October 05, 2012

The Garden Grill Room

A lovely postcard from the famous postcard publishers; Tuck’s. This one is of The Garden Grill Room at the May Fair Hotel in London. The card has a texture that makes it appear to be an oil painting. It seems that this postcard was quite popular. The May Fair is still there and was recently modernised. Any one for tea?

Friday, September 21, 2012

More of La Belle Jardinière

Another souvenir from La Belle Jardinière. This postcard is around 110 years old and it in perfect condition. I’m not surprised that someone would collect and keep these postcards safe. I’m sure that they would never have imagined that they would remain in such good condition for so long.

 The "La Belle Jardinière" postcards all together.

 Ebay store

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Hotel Scribe

Would you believe that the hotel is almost the same today? Only the traffic has changed.

 I expect you’d like to look around it too – you can!
(Scroll down a little - there is a video)

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Interesting things to do with postage stamps

Here’s an original postcard. The flowers have been cut out from postage stamps. I can see stamps from the US, Argentina and France. The card was sent in 1923 to announce a wedding on 4th June.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Pierre Loti and his cats

This isn’t just a postcard, it’s a photograph with a postcard back, which makes it quite special. On the back is written that the French author, Pierre Loti, is holding his cat Belkis. Belkis was a white Angora, so it couldn’t have been her. Pamouk was his darker angora cat and at his feet perhaps we can see Moumoutte Blanche. Pierre Loti loved cats and became the honorary president of the French Society for the Protection of Cats in 1908.

He also had visiting cards printed for his cats

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Pierre Loti

This is a photograph in the form of a postcard and therefore possibly rare, if not unique. Pierre Loti, a French writer who lived quite close to where we live, sitting on the balcony of a house in Constantinople. This isn’t the first time he’s been involved in our postcard collection. We even managed to find his autograph!

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Souvenir de La Belle Jardinière

I think that this card is exquisite! The colours are lovely and the card is in excellent condition. You can read more about La Belle Jardinière here

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Edward VII

King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions and Emperor of India from 22nd January 1901 (Crowned 9th August 1902), until 6th May 1910. His mother, Queen Victoria, excluded him from political power and so until almost the age of 60, he led a fashionable leisured life. Once King, he modernized the British Home Fleet and army medical services and reorganized the British army. He fostered good relations with other European countries, especially France, but his efforts could not prevent the outbreak of the First World War 4 years after his death. (Information thanks to Wikipedia)

Wikipedia says that he was crowned 9th August 1902, whereas the postcard says June 26th. Which is correct? The coronation was scheduled for 26th June, but the King needed an emergency appendectomy operation and so the coronation was postponed by a few weeks.

Footage of his coronation coach

Monday, July 09, 2012

Without this man my husband would never have existed.

This is the carriage of the King of Norway Haakon VII on a visit to Paris in 1907. His Queen, Maud, was one of Queen Victoria’s many granddaughters.

During World War II, the King refused to co-operate with the Nazis and send all of the young men to labour camps. Amongst those young men was my late father-in-law, who later escaped to Great Britain and joined the Air Force. He met a young lady who was later to become my Mother-in-law...

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Don't deliver on Sundays

The more I looked at this postcard the more interesting it became. A souvenir of Belgian stamps from 1905 – but are they real stamps? I’m not sure and I’m not going to scratch at them to find out. Looking at the back of the postcard, it’s clear that the outlines of the stamps are in relief. At the bottom of each stamp is a piece that can be detached, or not, saying “Don’t deliver on Sundays”

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Remember Edna Aug?

The Lady with the Cherries. Here she is again and this time I know a little bit more about the actress. She was born in1878 in Cincinnati, Ohio and died at the age of 59 in 1938 in Willow, New York. Her father, Jake Aug, was responsible for reviving Coney Island. Not much I know, but some progress.

This post card was sent in 1904 so she was 26 at the time.

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Saturday, April 14, 2012

A La Belle Jardinière

Two postcards from the auction we attended at Bordeaux. These beautiful cards are amongst several that were published by La Belle Jardinière in Paris. Founded in 1824, the store was the first to sell clothing that had been mass produced. This was a revolution at the time and met the needs of the growing middle class. The stores were open until the 1970s when they were taken over.

The postcards really are in excellent condition considering their age. The first features the Opera in Paris and fashions worn around 1815. The second card is of the Belle Jardinière store and clothes worn around the time that the cards were produced 1900. The backs of the postcards are non-divided. Any correspondence would have to be written on the space at the side of the illustrations. In France, postcards were like this until the autumn of 1903.

Monday, April 09, 2012


On the 31 March 1901 the Bulgarian journalist Pierre Bonnef set out with his wife, Georgiza, to walk around the world. The idea of the walk was to meet the people from the countries they passed through. They were armed with papers from the Bulgarian Ministry and the consulates of Great Britain, France and Austria amongst others. They funded their voyage by selling postcards like this one on the way.

 They passed through Bayonne in the South of France on the 14th May 1904. They intended their travels to last for around 15 years. I hope that they arrived home safely before the outbreak of the First World War.

We couldn’t find anything about their journey on the internet so I thought that I would create this little space in their memory. If you have any more information on them, please leave a comment.

Sunday, April 08, 2012

A patriotic Easter postcard

Oh you who my heart loves so much 
Be happy, live long!

 Using his best handwriting, sent by a nephew to his uncle (perhaps on the front?) in 1917.

Happy Easter!

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Spikehorn Bear Den

I’d be interested if anyone passing can tell me more about the Spikehorn Bear Den in Harrison Mich. From what I’ve found out so far it was a great place to visit. Can anyone date this card for me?

If you want to find something out, ask a Geocacher!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Coronation of Tzar Nicolas II

This is a double postcard from the 1920s reproducing the menu from the coronation of the Tzar Nicolas II in 1896. What did they eat on such a grand occasion?

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Meet me in Saint Louis, Louis

Meet me in St. Louis, Louis,
Meet me at the Fair
Don't tell me the lights are shining
Any place but there
We will dance the "Hoochie-Koochie"
I will be your "Tootsie-Wootsie"
If you will meet me in St. Louis, Louis,
Meet me at the Fair.

I couldn’t leave this one out and yes, the song was written and the postcard produced for the 1904 World's Fair at St Louis.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Hotel Brighton and much more

 A great number of large hotels were built along the broadwalk at Atlantic city in the late 19th century. The Hotel Brighton was one of the many hotels demolished in the 70s and 80s.

This is a postcard that I can get my teeth into. Why is it marked “Private Mailing Card” and what was the act of Congress of May 19 1898?

 The act of congress allowed postcards to be sent in the post at the lower rate of 1c instead of 2c like a letter. “Private Mailing Card” meant that the postcard was produced by a private publisher rather than the United States Postal Service. Many cards were marked “Postal Card – Carte Postale” which meant that they could enter the international system.

 Because the postcard was sent to France in 1901, the stamp is a 2c commemoration stamp,  marked “Fast Express”, worth about $2 today – if you’re lucky!

 Information about the postal system comes from the Smithsonian Institute website

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Mountain View Farm

Sometimes we bid for postcards just from viewing the catalogue. It’s risky, but yesterday some cards arrived that we were very pleased with; a collection of postcards from the US. First off is a postcard of Mountain View Farm, Lee, Mass, sent in 1904. The correspondence is interesting as the writer is discussing the postcard itself:

 “I think these are just right & I am going to colour some of them charge more. Don’t you think we should get 5cts for the coloured ones? Thank you so much for giving them to us”

 I’ve tried to find the farm today but I don’t think that it exists anymore.

Here is a link to our ebay store section on postcards from the US and Canada. You can be sure that we’ll be adding more interesting postcards very soon.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The season of the Three Graces

This postcard dates before 1903 and is in very good condition. What beautiful hats, I would have liked to have worn one. Click on the image in order to see the detail of the dresses more clearly.

Monday, February 13, 2012

A village scene

Another little village somewhere in France where the boys play “saute mouton” like all children do.

Saute mouton = leap sheep better known as leap frog in English.

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

ExposeYourBlog !: Contests !

I’m going to be boring and post this on all of my blogs. As we approach the second birthday of ExposeYourblog!, we’ve re-launched both the surfing and referral contests. All you need to do to win credits surfing is to be amongst the top five surfers of the day. Credits awarded are based on the percentage of blogs surfed, so the more you surf the more you can win – daily and weekly! The referral contest means that you can win credits for referring more members than anyone else daily and weekly. New members must activate their account by surfing and adding their blog. To get links, go to your “Tools” page and click on “My Downline”, scroll down and you’ll find banners and links that you can use to promote ExposeYourBlog!. Or you could write a post about why you enjoy surfing on EYB! and include a link in your post – just like I have.

Don and I are really proud of the blogs on EYB! There are blogs to suit all tastes and you’ll find excellent writing, art and pictures as well as members who interact with each other. We’re building a very special blogging community and hopefully members feel as it EYB! Is being run by real people who care about their members – which is true.

As always Don and I can be contacted via a PM in the forums (don = “Admin”, to contact me “Anji”), via a support ticket or email; . We’d love to hear from you, feedback and ideas are always useful.

Friday, January 20, 2012


A typical Breton town, probably before the First World War.  Notice that the man is wearing traditional costume.  The shop sells hardware.  Here is more or less the same view today, the shop appears to be boarded up.