I was at the Goodwill Surplus store yesterday when I found two old books in a plastic bag. I paid $1 for the bag, and was delighted when I got home and discovered what was inside ...
One book was an old family Bible - it's brittle leather cover flaking away in chunks - with hand written birth registries from 1874 to 1910 in the back ... and all kinds of treasures tucked between the pages ... from pressed flowers to church documents and old photographs.
The second book had no cover and was an old dictionary with even more treasures inside
The dictionary itself fascinated me because there are notes, additions, and corrections hand written on nearly every page. The previous owner was a true lover of words.
One of the treasures tucked away inside the dictionary was this old postcard - complete with notes about words and definitions ...
There were many other treasures to be found and eventually shared ... some of which I will be sharing on "Random Finds".
The creases are still visible ... From the journeys this card has been on ... From somewhere ... to somewhere else ... To the Goodwill ... then to me.
"The Snake River's most spectacular dam marks the beginning of the 32 mile Wild River Corridor. It is the last of 12 dams that produce two-thirds of the electricity generated by Idaho Power serving customers in a 20,000 square mile area."
If you have never visited the Snake River wilderness ... well, you should. Someday I will go back to visit this wild, raw, untamed natural area - it's been far too long.
The detail in this 'scissors cutting' work is amazingly beautiful.
"Scherenschnitte Design by Arlene France, Lititz, PA. The art of "Scherenschnitte", or scissors cutting, is an old German-Swiss art done originally by the religious orders and brought to the U.S. by the Pennsylvania-Dutch immigrants in the 1700's."
I just realized I should submit this to Random Hearts - Guest Heart Thursday!
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"Upper Town, Quebec, is modern Quebec and includes an exclusive residential area, the Provincial Government Buildings, several large and important commercial establishments and the Provincial Museum. It also includes the Plains of Abraham which is today a beautifully developed park."
Folkar - Company of Canada Limited Drummond Bldg, Montreal, Canada, Copyright Canada 1929 Reg'd USA Patent Office"
This is a very interesting postcard to me. It has perforations around 3 edges, and apparently folds open - so the writer can have an entire sheet for correspondence. If you click on the photos to enlarge, you will see the perforation holes.
I don't remember how these came to be in my collection, but I have a total of 3 - all from Canada.
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The Roosevelt was built in 1893 as "The Grunewald", renamed The Roosevelt Hotel in 1923 ... It became "The Fairmont Hotel" in 1965.
The hotel was severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and closed indefinitely. It was restored in 2009 at a final restoration cost of $170 million. It was then renamed the "Roosevelt", and re-opened to the public on July 1, 2009.
photo credit: DAVID GRUNFELD/THE TIMES-PICAYUNE
This is the Blue Room at the Roosevelt today.
It's probably just me, but I think I liked it better in the postcard image!
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Whenever I see items from New Orleans, I think of my friend Trina, who lives and works there. Her entire family is from New Orleans.
Trina lost everything she owned during Hurricane Katrina, and had to start over. I think of her often, and pray for her and her family. They've been through rough times, and are still the best of friends.
Another postcard from the group I found at Goodwill sometime back.
It depicts the US Steel building at the 1939 New York World's Fair.
The back reads as follows: "A striking architectural feature of this 66-foot high stainless steel building is the use of the structural steel members on the exterior as a basic element of design. These members, weighing 350 tons and meeting 72 feet above the ground, painted blue, conceal lights which are directed against the polished dome at night. Visitors will see a dramatic presentation of the world of tomorrow which steel helped to build. Design was by Walter Derwin Teague. Architects York and Sawyer."
I tried to get more information on the fate of this building ... whether it still stands or not ... but the only information I could find said that most of the metal buildings built for the 1939 New York World's Fair were dismantled upon completion of the fair, and made into bullets and other items to be used by the military during WWII.
If anyone has further information about this building, please let me know!
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These FDC's (First Day Covers) are also known as FDI (First Day Issue). Grandma G collected these covers. I didn't know until I was going through some of her papers.
I find that despite my preference for postcards that have actually been sent, these are growing on me.
Like this top one from 1966 - encouraging us to "Visit the USA". I love these old pictures!
This similar FDC from 1967 also encourages us to "Visit the USA", but doesn't have the pictures that make it more interesting (to me).
This FDC from 1962 features a 4 cent Lincoln profile. And reminds us which side of the card we're supposed to address!
This is one of my favorite FDC's in Grandma G's collection. The pictures on the reverse side feature "Rodeo", "Mississippi Riverboat", the "Grand Canyon", and "Monument Valley" as being great tourism destinations for 1972.
I save cards and letters ... I have boxes full of them. Most of the older cards I have were rescued from a dumpster several years ago, and have been in storage ever since. Others I find at the Goodwill Surplus store nearby (where I buy them by the pound, so they are nearly free).
It is time to liberate these treasures and share them with the world! I am especially interested in cards that have a personal touch, so I will include any and all writings that make these cards so fun. Many are still in their original envelopes, and I will include these as well, since they also tell their own stories.
Thank you Marge, for this award. You warm my heart and soul.
If I could live anywhere in the world, it would be near the ocean. Unfortunately dreams don't always translate into reality. At least I now live near the woods of my childhood, where I can take long peaceful walks and remember the fun we had growing up.