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« Reply #540 on: December 08, 2018, 08:02:15 AM »
Azzerae, welcome ... to the wonderful world of postcard collecting. 

Hey Rix!

If, like me, you were to enter into the postcard collection game, you would notice right away that almost all of the postcards that you purchase online have a penciled in price on them.  This is because 99 percent of the postcards were first put up for sale at yard sales, flea markets at your local national guard armories and shoe box containers full of postcards that can be found at antique malls.  Online sellers offer hundreds, if not thousands of postcards for sale and quite simply, they don't bother to remove, or erase the prices that were once written on them from the earlier sales venues that most likely took place twenty or thirty years previous to when the online sellers got their greedy little hands on them. 

I'm not very knowledgeable with regards to postcard collecting, but now that you've explained the reason behind the inclusion of the penciled-in prices, it makes a great deal more sense to me.

On second thought, the hand written prices add charm, now that I know its not strictly for commercial purposes. I suppose it'd be like adding a new layer of beauty to an already gorgeous piece of history.

When I post a card from my collection I try my best to remove any penciled in price but due to time constraints, and my failing eyesight, I will on occasion, miss them.  In the immortal words of Get Smart's Maxwell Smart, "Sorry about that, Chief."

Really, you might want to look upon postcards as being historic rather than artistic.  I do value your input though and I will make every effort to remove the penciled in prices.  Thank you for visiting the postcard thread.       

Seeing things through the lens of art or not art is a thing I've always done, and Spookcat's initial observations spurred the thoughts I tacked together in my prior post.

I hadn't visited this thread before, till Metron recommended it to me. There truly are some gems around here - the backlog of which I'll be ogling for some time.

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« Reply #541 on: December 09, 2018, 08:10:03 PM »
Azzerae and Spookcat, thank you for the postcard comments.  I just want you to know that you were both right.  There is art in postcards.  Azzerae, you raised a very interesting point about the price notations.  I think I'll erase the prices on newer postcards and leave them on the really old ones.  Postcards do get a certain amount of 'patina' on them from being stored a number of years and if I erase the pencil prices, a lighter spot is left on the card.  Thank you both for your thoughts. 

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« Reply #542 on: December 09, 2018, 08:42:32 PM »

Ahhhh, good old Antoine's down in New Orleans.  Does it look familiar?  It might, because there is an earlier postcard of the place on this thread: http://bellgab.com/index.php?topic=9768.msg1233365#msg1233365


This postcard contains two favorites of mine.  The first, Mardi Gras and the second, the year 1958.  Swedish actress Pernilla August was born on the stamp cancellation date of February 13, 1958.  I looked her up to see if she resembled Brigitte Bardot but sadly she didn't.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pernilla_August



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« Reply #543 on: December 10, 2018, 07:00:56 PM »


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« Reply #544 on: December 10, 2018, 07:11:17 PM »

Ahhhh, good old Antoine's down in New Orleans.  Does it look familiar?  It might, because there is an earlier postcard of the place on this thread: http://bellgab.com/index.php?topic=9768.msg1233365#msg1233365


This postcard contains two favorites of mine.  The first, Mardi Gras and the second, the year 1958.  Swedish actress Pernilla August was born on the stamp cancellation date of February 13, 1958.  I looked her up to see if she resembled Brigitte Bardot but sadly she didn't.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pernilla_August
I couldn't find the exact date weather but snow in LA is rare and on Mardi Gras!? Makes "showing yer tits" an interesting proposition..though not sure they did that back then.


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« Reply #545 on: December 11, 2018, 11:26:38 AM »



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« Reply #546 on: December 12, 2018, 11:56:28 PM »
I couldn't find the exact date weather but snow in LA is rare and on Mardi Gras!? Makes "showing yer tits" an interesting proposition..though not sure they did that back then.


Great video, mr. a.  It really kicks into high gear when the sun comes out.  Looks like somebody at the (used?) car lot brought their movie camera to work in order to film the snow.

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« Reply #547 on: December 13, 2018, 12:10:49 AM »

My one and only Seattle World's Fair postcard, but it's a good one.  It shows the big Science building in the background, off to the right.  I remember a long line to get to the exhibit, but once we made it in, a space guy came down in a big bubble in order to take us up to see the future.  When we were packed inside the bubble he told us 'not to worry.  That we all had to go sometime.'  Then the bubble went up.



   

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« Reply #548 on: December 14, 2018, 01:38:51 AM »

This looks like what you might see if you were searching for a Leprechaun's pot of gold.




Actually I've seen this lady's handwriting on another postcard.  I can't remember when I bought them but it's not unusual to purchase really old postcards that were written by the same person.  It's like finding a couple of pictures from some long ago family.  They kind of just hang together, all the way to a box of assorted pics in an antique shop.

Here is the other postcard from page 8 of this thread: http://bellgab.com/index.php?topic=9768.msg1125125#msg1125125  What do you think? Same person, right?

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« Reply #549 on: December 14, 2018, 12:00:35 PM »
You sir have a HUUGE collection!

Thanks again for sharing, and a question - do you collect old stereo-pairs from the turn of the century?


Predates the:


But has the same 3D depth. Not sure where the collectability is on those, any ideas?

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« Reply #550 on: December 14, 2018, 12:05:57 PM »
You sir have a HUUGE collection!

Thanks again for sharing, and a question - do you collect old stereo-pairs from the turn of the century?


Predates the:


But has the same 3D depth. Not sure where the collectability is on those, any ideas?
I have one. It is very interesting. Unfortunately I don't have any of the "French" pictures for it, that apparently were sold on the sly to folks. But still an interesting thing. Traveling Salesmen made a living selling pictures "of the old country" to immigrants in the time in which most didn't have pictures and the 3-D thing which brings the pictures to life. So some funny stuff, besides landscapes, things like the old town church, work on the farm, fishing ships at harbor, etc. Many mundane activities but, I guess, for those immigrants now living on a boring prairie in the middle of nowhere being able to see the "old country" etc was a type of relief?

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« Reply #551 on: December 14, 2018, 12:11:07 PM »
Very cool, of course there would have been the risqué pairs, those I bet are spendy.

Off topic for a bit more, ever see the old "Tijuana Bibles" from WW2?





Not meaning to hijack your thread Rix. 8)

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« Reply #552 on: December 14, 2018, 01:45:18 PM »



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« Reply #553 on: December 14, 2018, 02:02:24 PM »
You sir have a HUUGE collection!

Thanks again for sharing, and a question - do you collect old stereo-pairs from the turn of the century?


Predates the:


But has the same 3D depth. Not sure where the collectability is on those, any ideas?

Yes, I have collected hundreds of stereoviews, as they are called, mostly back in the 1980s. I got them from flea markets, antique stores and mail auctions, (long before e-bay).  I also have four steroviewers.  I wish I could show you them, Metron, you would be surprised at how 3-d they are.  (Imagine seeing actual Civil War scenes in stereo...yes they had stereo cameras back then.)  You get a wider field of vision with stereoviews when compared with view-master reels.  But hold on for awhile, and I'll give you further info on stereoviews, and how to see them in stereo without a viewer.  Thanks for your interest.

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« Reply #554 on: December 14, 2018, 04:37:03 PM »
Yes, I have collected hundreds of stereoviews, as they are called, mostly back in the 1980s. I got them from flea markets, antique stores and mail auctions, (long before e-bay).  I also have four steroviewers.  I wish I could show you them, Metron, you would be surprised at how 3-d they are.  (Imagine seeing actual Civil War scenes in stereo...yes they had stereo cameras back then.)  You get a wider field of vision with stereoviews when compared with view-master reels.  But hold on for awhile, and I'll give you further info on stereoviews, and how to see them in stereo without a viewer.  Thanks for your interest.

No problem. I used to own a very basic stereopticon and some older cards, but I've also used the lab model stereo pair viewers to work through 3 D aerial survey material. The depth of field is, as you note, breathtaking.


As for converging these myself - no luck...



Fun thread.


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« Reply #555 on: December 14, 2018, 06:34:22 PM »
No problem. I used to own a very basic stereopticon and some older cards, but I've also used the lab model stereo pair viewers to work through 3 D aerial survey material. The depth of field is, as you note, breathtaking.


As for converging these myself - no luck...



Fun thread.

Nice.  Free viewing 3-D images is fun once you get the hang of it.  Here is a fun image to practice with: https://www.brianmay.com/brian/brianssb/stereo_freeview.html

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« Reply #556 on: December 14, 2018, 06:35:21 PM »

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« Reply #557 on: December 14, 2018, 06:52:49 PM »





History of the USS West Virginia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_West_Virginia_(ACR-5)

The bell from this (the first) incantation of the USS West Virginia can be found on the WVU Campus:


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« Reply #558 on: December 14, 2018, 07:07:02 PM »
Nice.  Free viewing 3-D images is fun once you get the hang of it.  Here is a fun image to practice with: https://www.brianmay.com/brian/brianssb/stereo_freeview.html
I think we had a thread or discussion of stereoviewers before but, in any event, good to see it brought up again. Out of no prurient interest, simply historical, have you found any "french" type of photos in your bids or buys? I never bought anything or any other viewer than the one I inherited but here there is much more stuff out there (mine was fairly boring except from a family point of view. Old pictures of the 'old country'. And that listing of all the RR's lines in Iowa that he drew on the box. Apparently back then watching the RRs was a BIG DEAL.

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« Reply #559 on: December 15, 2018, 12:03:51 PM »
Nice.  Free viewing 3-D images is fun once you get the hang of it.  Here is a fun image to practice with: https://www.brianmay.com/brian/brianssb/stereo_freeview.html

Ahh..I still ca't get my eyes to play ball freehand, so to speak! Tnx regardless, love this thread.

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« Reply #560 on: December 15, 2018, 01:31:36 PM »
Ahh..I still ca't get my eyes to play ball freehand, so to speak! Tnx regardless, love this thread.

Yeah, I know, it isn't all that easy to do.  But you gave it the old college try.  Good for you.

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« Reply #561 on: December 15, 2018, 01:35:54 PM »



I don't travel by air but somehow I get the impression that this was a time when stewardesses were, well, stewardesses.


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« Reply #562 on: December 16, 2018, 02:08:36 PM »
Boy were they!




And they always were nice to hand out these to polite young boys:



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« Reply #563 on: December 16, 2018, 06:08:17 PM »

With such awful architecture as this, it is easy to see that the food at Snell's would be awful...good.  No, I'm not clever enough to think such an awful bad pun up.  I got it off the postcard.  I looked around but I couldn't find any info on the restaurant, just more postcards.  I found some Fred Snells at Find A Grave but there were no details given, just their headstones.


Toots wrote the postcard note on June 3, 1961.  A horse named Sherluck won the 93rd running of the Belmont on that day.  (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sherluck)  Also, GI Joe died: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G.I._Joe_(pigeon)



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« Reply #564 on: December 18, 2018, 03:42:25 PM »

Seattle, Wa.



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« Reply #566 on: December 18, 2018, 03:51:44 PM »

Elko, NV.

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« Reply #567 on: December 18, 2018, 03:55:18 PM »
Best chowda I've had was at Ivar's:





I was disappointed that Costco stopped selling these some years back:


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« Reply #568 on: December 18, 2018, 04:17:06 PM »

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« Reply #569 on: December 18, 2018, 04:19:44 PM »
Best chowda I've had was at Ivar's:





I was disappointed that Costco stopped selling these some years back:



I used to order their fish and chips plate.  A great dish but I got a fishbone stuck in my throat once.  Things were kind of tense for several minutes.