Sunday, June 25, 2017

Dutch Cupboard

Dutch Cupboard
Gettysburg, Penna.
Completely air conditioned
Serving delicious Pa. Dutch Food.
Famous for Schnitz Un Knepp, Shoofly pie, homemade breaqd, and many other Dutch dishes. Homelike atmosphere — in scenic Gettsburg.
Intersection routes 140 and 15 south.
Open every day 7:00 A.M. to 8:30 P.M.
Recommended by — Duncan Hines and Gourmet. 

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

The Gillis Family Last Wagon West

These two postcards show the Leon Gillis family with their "Last Wagon West," a homemade 20-by-8-foot covered wagon, with rubber wheels that.they used to travel from Virginia to California in 1961-1962. The eight-member family included six children aged 6 to 18. The entire family slept in the wagon or alongside in their sleeping bags every night. The Yuma Daily Sun on June 11, 1962 reported that the dog that started on the trip and made it 3,200 miles had recently been crushed by the wagon and was not expected to survive. Another dog that had been found abandoned in the desert had also been injured a few days earlier when hit by a car not far from Yuma.

The Gillis family trip west apparently was both the first and last coast-to-coast wagon trip. It began in Providence Forge, Va., on September 26, 1961 and ended at Santa Monica, California 11 months later. The family sold postcards along the way to help with expenses. The above postcard shows the Gilllis Family stopping along the highway to talk and visit with their fans and well wishers. The postcard below shows the wagon in Virginia  along U.S. Highway 11 near Cedarville. Road signs show State Route 80 leading to Meadowview and U.S. Highway 11 pointing the way to Roanoke and Chilhowie.

Leon Gillis reportedly said that he wanted his children to have a broad education beyond the formal education they got in school and to see the world. After reaching the west coast, the family stayed in California for a year. Their wagon was trucked back east and later sent on a freighter to Europe. In Europe, the family traveled through Holland, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Poland, and Russia.

More wagon trips followed with various family members. The Palm Beach (Florida) Post, published ann article February 10, 1969 when the wagon was in Florida with a Gillis niece.

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

O'Donnell's Sea Grill

Washington's Foremost Sea Food Restaurants
When In The Naqtion's Capital Visit
and regular DINNERS
Home of the "Norfolk Style"

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Nielsen's Restaurant

D i n i n g  a t  N I E L S E N  'S
7830-40 SO. WESTERN AVE.

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Stockholm Restaurant

"STOCKHOLM" is the Show Place in New Jersey. You will enjoy every minute here . . . famous Smorgasbord, Dinners, Orchestra and Dancing. Your friends will tell you more about it below.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Trees Poem

wooden postcard, 3/16" thick

A famous Trees poem , which has been widely reproduced, is printed on this wooden postcard:
I think that I shall never see
A Poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A Tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

The Trees poem was written by Joyce Kilmer in 1913. Joyce is usually a woman's name, and I pictured Joyce Kilmer as a middle-aged woman. However, Joyce Kilmer was actually a young man, who died a few years later during World War I.

The poem was later set to music and has been recorded by a number of artists, including the Platters.who recorded it in 1961.

This postcard was mailed from Tennessee in September, 1942 with the following message on the back:

How does it feel to be back on the job again?
Happy that Minn won again. Hope they beat Bierman's Cadets.
We spent all day hiking in the Smokies — very beautiful.

"Minn" refers to the University of Minnesota and "the Smokies" refers to The Great Smoky Mountains, a mountain range along the Tennessee-North Carolina border in the southeastern United States.

I was really puzzled by the reference to "Bierman's Cadets."  Bernie Bierman was a famous University of Minnesota Gophers football coach, so I didn't understand how Minnesota could beat his "Cadets."  I discovered that Bierman was the University of Minnesota football coach from  1932 to 1941 and from 1945 to 1950, but during World War II he served in the Armed Forces. In 1942, he was the coach of the Iowa Pre-Flight Cadets..The Iowa Pre-Flight Seahawks represented the U.S. Navy pre-flight school at the University of Iowa in the college football seasons of 1942, 1943, and 1944.

I found a reference to the Minn vs. Iowa Cadets game in a Tulane University football program: "Picking anyone over the Gophers seems odd. It's a case of the teacher outsmarting the student. A shaky vote for Bernie Bierman's Cadets over his former team." The game was played on October 3 , and the Iowa Cadets beat the Minnesota Gophers 7-6.

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Old Heidelberg Restaurant and Bier Stube

 Old Heidelberg
151 S.E. 2nd St.  ---  MIAMI, FLORIDA
The Old Heidelberg is nationally famed for its mellow drinking as well as for the excellence of the German cuisine — The rare, quaint beauty of true German atmosphere reflecdted by imported novelties, signboards, and attendants, sing out the song of yesteryears — A most delightful place to dine —


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