Postcard story from New York – “MEMORIAL DAY 1931 ~ THIS IN MEMORY OF OUR FOLKS WHO HAVE GONE AHEAD”
Endwell, New York, June 1, 1:00pm, 1931
Woolworth and Municipal Bldgs. from Brooklyn Bridge, New York.
To: Mrs. H. A. Knapp
“Memorial Day 1931 This in Memory of our Folks who have gone ahead. How sweet to think of them! The day’s Celebration here has been a trail of planes from the Endicott landing place. Sure “Love can never lose it’s own.” H.K.__”
The card is addressed to Mrs. Henry Alonzo Knapp, actual name Anna Dutilleul (b.1870, d.1954.)
Her husband Henry A. Knapp (b.1851, d. 1931 the year this card was written) started as a filing clerk in Pennsylvania and rose to become a prominent lawyer who, in 1899, established the borough of Vandling in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census, Vandling has a population of 751.
The ‘Endicott landing-place’ refers to a landing strip that was to become the Tri-Cities Endicott Airport, established in 1936.
The poetic quote: “Love can never lose it’s own” is from a poem entitled “Snowbound/Firelight” by influential American Quaker poet John Greenleaf Whittier.
“…Yet Love will dream, and Faith will trust,
(Since He who knows our need is just,)
That somehow, somewhere, meet we must.
Alas for him who never sees
The stars shine through his cypress-trees!
Who, hopeless, lays his dead away,
Nor looks to see the breaking day
Across the mournful marbles play!
Who hath not learned, in hours of faith,
The truth to flesh and sense unknown,
That Life is ever lord of Death,
And Love can never lose its own!”
To read the full fitting Memorial day poem “Snowbound” click: http://www.bartleby.com/248/222.html
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Postcard story from New York – “WHEN I WAS A BOATSMAN”
Brookhaven, New York, January 20, 12pm, 1907
To: Hr. C. Schmer
“When I was a boatsman”
The romance and intrigue of this card is wonderful! Who was this handsome Bernard with his piercing and determined eyes? Danish? A whaler? A shipmen? A boat dealer or repairman? A fisherman? It was obviously something he came to America to do since it was his heritage’s trade.
Thisted, Denmark to this day remains a tiny architecturally untouched town with no more than 13,067 inhabitants. Founded in the year 1500, Thisted is on an inlet on the North Sea and has Denmark’s leading fisheries port in Hanstholm. Notice: all you had to address the card to was “Schmer, Thisted, Denmark” – – and it got there?!?!?!…it was a smaller world in 1907.
Brookhaven is located on Long Island, New York. It was settled between 1640 and 1655, ousting the Indians. Cattle ranching was it’s first industry and then by 1900 whaling was their big income. So was Bernard ’the old man and the sea’ hunting whales? So it seems Bernard sailed to Long Island, New York to seek his fortune across the Atlantic in Brookhaven and seemingly (hopefully) happily retired there since his card fondly reads “When I was…”
A poem to the sea
I must go down to the seas again,
to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a gray mist on the sea’s face, and a gray dawn breaking.
~John Masefield 1878-1967
March 20, 2014 | Categories: DAILY PHOTOS WITH STORIES OF NEW YORK CITY | Tags: 1907 postcard, boatsman, Brookhaven, Brookhaven New York, Danish immigrant, Denmark, fisherman, Hans Von Rittern, Hanstholm Denmark, Hr. C. Schmer, John Mansefield poem, Long Island New York, New York, New York City, New York photo, Photo of the day, photography, postcard collecting, Postcard Stories from New York, Queens, seaman, Thisted Denmark, vintage postcard, whaling | Leave a comment
Postcard story of the Week – A DARK AND GLOOMY DAY IN 1906
Description: 9054. A subway station in New York.
November 20, 8pm, 1906
To: Miss Mary Ostrander*
This is a dark and gloomy day,
*Today there is a Ostrander Elementary School – 137 Viola Avenue – Wallkill, NY 12589.
The subway station is from the Wall Street area. Note: the .5 cent subway fare was on the honor system – you came down the stairs, bought a ticket and then handed it to the clerk.
Having checked weather patterns for November 1906 Manhattan, it was an unusually rainy month. So, is Lisa’s “gloom” referring to the weather or is the dank and dark subway station representative of some sort of sad news?
February 20, 2014 | Categories: DAILY PHOTOS WITH STORIES OF NEW YORK CITY | Tags: 1906 postcard, antique Manhattan postcard, architecture, collecting postcards, Detroit Publishing Company, Hans Von Rittern, Manhattan, Mary Ostrander, New York City, New York photo, New York subway platforn, Ostrander Elementary School, Ostrander Elementary School - 137 Viola Avenue, Photo of the day, Postcard Stories from New York, Postcard story of the Week, subway, subway station, transportation, vintage postcard, Wall Street subway, Wallkill New York | 2 Comments
Postcard story of the Week – POSTCARD FROM A CAD AND A SCOUNDREL 1939 Description: Downtown skyscrapers, New York, The financial center of the world. In these skyscrapers many billions of dollars change hands every year and world projects are financed. Federal Reserve Bank, Cities Service, Bank of Manhattan, City Bank, Farmers Trust Company.
To: Mr. Andrew Mcate
415 – 22″ Street
August 7, 1939
I like to hang around here because its such easy picking and I always get my share, will probably be home Fri or Sat.
So, the question is: Was Rus a lady’s man cad, a business con man or a thief?? What do you think?
February 13, 2014 | Categories: DAILY PHOTOS WITH STORIES OF NEW YORK CITY | Tags: 1939, architecture, Ashland Kentucky, Bank of Manhattan, Cities Service, City Bank, easy pickings in New York, Farmers Trust Company, Federal Reserve Bank, Hans Von Rittern, letter from a con man, Manhattan, Mr. Andrew Mcate Ashland Kentucky, New York City, New York photo, Photo of the day, postcard from a thief cad scoundrel, Postcard Stories from New York, skyscrapers of old New York, swindler in New York, the financial center of the world, thief in New York, vintage NYC postcard, vintage postcard, written 1939 postcard | Leave a comment
WWII February 6, 1944
POSTCARD STORIES FROM NEW YORK – AAC LIEUTENANT visits MIYAKO RESTAURANT 1944
Description: When in New York visit MIYAKO, 20 West 56th Street. “Nothing but the best.” Japanese Sukiyaki and Tempura cuisine.
To: Mr. + Mrs. Merrill Peck
Naples, NY Ro. 3
From: Lt. Ariskine Weed AAC
New Sub Post #1
Mitchell Field*, N.Y.
June 22, 1944
While I’m stationed here at NY “we” the gang & I are eating every kind of food, fun! N.Y.C. has loads to see. It takes about 1-1/2 hrs to “get in.” I hope you’re all well –
As ever, Ariskine
* Mitchell Air Force base was located in Hempstead, Long Island from 1918-1961. Having researched the lieutenant, he heralded from Naples, Florida and was still alive in 1945 in the Army Air Corps.
February 6, 2014 | Categories: DAILY PHOTOS WITH STORIES OF NEW YORK CITY | Tags: 1944 postcard, AAC, AAC LIEUTENANT, Arisitine Weed Naples Florida, Army Air Corps, collecting postcards, Hans Von Rittern, Hempstead Long Island, letters home from soldiers, Lieutenant Ariskene Weed AAC, Lt. Ariskine Weed, Manhattan, Merrill Peck Naples New York, Mitchell Air Force Base, MIYAKO Japanese restaurant, MIYAKO RESTAURANT, New York City, Photo of the day, postcard from soldier, soldier writing home, vintage New York postcard, vintage NYC postcard, vintage postcard, WWII | Leave a comment
Hotel New Yorker 1943
Today launches a new series called “Postcard Stories from New York”. Each week I will feature a vintage postcard sent to a loved one from the Big Apple New York City. Let’s see what thread they will weave over time. Here is the premier card:
Postcard of the Week – HOTEL NEW YORKER 1943
Description: Hotel New Yorker, 34th Street at 8th Avenue. Private tunnel to Pennsylvania Station. 2,500 rooms, each with a radio, both tub
and shower, servidor and circulating ice water. Four popular priced restaurants.
Dancing nightly in the Terrace Restaurant. Rates from $3.85 a day.
To: Miss Marion J. Peters
1708 N. Harvard St.
January 30, 2014 | Categories: DAILY PHOTOS WITH STORIES OF NEW YORK CITY | Tags: "Junior Miss", 1943 postcard, architecture, arts, Broadway, collecting postcards, Hans Von Rittern, Hotel New Yorker, Manhattan, Miss Marion J. Peters, New York, New York City, New York photo, Postcard Stories from New York, vintage New York postcard, vintage NYC postcard, vintage postcard | Leave a comment