Antique Postcards Are Great Learning Tools!
Antique Postcards are Fascinating!
A long time ago I got involved in antiques. I never
thought much about paper media, when I began to see an attraction to "Old
Stuff". The allure for me, at the time, was the ornate woodwork of some
furniture, and the amazing patterns in the brocade and damask fabrics and
Then, one day I went to an auction, and my world changed!
I bought a BIG box of postcards. Really old ones, and probably a
couple thousand of them!! Most were used, some not. They were all from the
first 20 years of the 1900's, about 1906 to about 1919.
I sat down and
started reading them. I read the printed picture captions on some of them, as
well as looking at the pictures on the front. They related, in age, to the
old furniture that I have learned to love, and showed the towns, streets, and
even the houses where some of it could have even lived in it's day! I also
turned them over and read t he messages.... WOW! I was all but communicating
with these people!!
The messages were just like quick telephone calls
home. Dad must have worked for the railroad. He wrote notes about when he
would be getting home, and how he and the passengers would need to get off
the train, and help clear snow from the tracks, so the train could get
through...Who would have ever known!! I sure didn't know.
kids who do history research, and families who research the geaneology of
their families. These postcards hold so many keys, and so much
One group of postcards has the history of a young
lady... I watched her be a young girl, move all over the Great lakes area,
of the Midwest, and then, finally she must have gotten married, because, her
name changed. Her family was prominent in the upper midwest, they had a town
named after them!!
I have learned so much from these postcards, with
the wanderings of the writings, and the wonderful photographs of homes that
sadly do not exist any more, that I hope that kids and people younger than I,
will see the wonderment in them, and share my passion!