Monday, August 18, 2014

Map: Arkansas Comic

Arkansas — area 53, 335 square miles, of which 810 sq. miles is water; 26th state in size; admitted into the Union in 1836. State flower — Apple Blossom. Capital — Little Rock. Places of interest: oil fields at El Dorado and Smackover; Hot Springs National Park, 1 ½ sq. mi., containing 46 hot springs said to possess medicinal properties.

postmarked 1957

Friday, August 15, 2014

Mail for the Folks at Home & the YMCA in WWI

The YMCA played a big role in providing services for soldiers during WWI. During WWI the YMCA raised and spent over $155 million on welfare efforts for American soldiers and deployed over 25,000 staff in military units and bases from Siberia to Egypt to France. They took over the military’s morale and comfort operations worldwide (source: Wikipedia).

The postcard above shows an Army YMCA truck loaded with mail from soldiers to "the folks at home."  This postcard is unused, but the YMCA postcard below does have a message on the back.

The sweetheart card was sent from Spartanburg, S. C., Wadsworth Br. a few days after the Armistice in November 1918.

Camp Wadsworth served as one of America's premier army mobilization centers from 1917 to 1919. A website  memorializing  the 100,000 soldiers who trained at Camp Wadsworth and the Spartanburg citizens who helped to make the installation a success describes the role of the YMCA in a chapter on Fighting Boredom: Life at Camp Wadsworth:
The United States government considered boredom to be one of the foremost enemies of soldiers in the training camps.  It was feared that a soldier who was not properly entertained and morally educated would succumb to temptations of drink and debauchery.  In order to prevent this, civilian and military officials sought to create a wholesome environment within each training camp that would keep the soldiers both mentally and physically healthy.  The YMCA, YWCA, Knights of Columbus, Jewish Welfare Board, and the Red Cross were the key agencies in this crusade for morality.  All of these organizations opened up facilities in the training camps, with the YMCA being by far the most important participant.  Government officials hoped that the soldiers would patronize these organizations within the camp instead of visiting the town saloon or brothel.  Alcohol was completely band (sic) within a five mile radius of all training camps.

 Camp Wadsworth's entertainment facilities were typical of World War I era army installations.  Seven YMCA huts were eventually constructed within the camp.  These buildings measured 40x113 feet and could each accommodate 5000 to 6000 soldiers.  The Spartanburg Herald newspaper reported that "Every facility at the command of the Association will be brought to bear on this great problem of serving the men through athletics, indoor games, writing rooms, entertainment of various sorts, religious meetings, Bible classes, etc."  Letter writing and group singing were among the most common activities promoted by the YMCA.

The video below tells about the YMCA in WWI by means of song and vintage images.

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GGIE: Meet Me at the Manx

HOTEL MANX -- San Francisco
On famous Powell Street
300 Rooms,
beautifully furnished, complete in every detail
Circulating ice water in all rooms
Cross the Bridge . . . then "Meet me at the Manx"
Visit the Redwood Empire and the Monterey Peninsula

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Map: CaricaTour of San Francisco

"This CARICATOUR OF SAN FRANCISCOis an animated post card map, touring in caricature the many points of interest to be found in the city by the Golden Gate."

The 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition is shown at the bottom center of the postcard.

Friday, August 8, 2014

New York World's Fair: Theme Center

700 Ft. Trylon and 200 Ft. Perisphere at the center of Fair. Within the Perisphere is a dramatic portrayal of the World of Tomorrow. 
World's Fair —New York

These images is printed on metal foil that is overlaid with a thin layer of plastic with a design.

© METALITE Pat. Product — GEMLOID CORP., N. Y.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Telegraphic Greeting

This vintage French postcard delivers the greeting My sincere wishes of Happiness for the New Year (Mes sincères souhaits de Bonheur pour la Nouvelle Année). The female model is impersonating a telegram messenger boy, and could be said to be acting under false pretenses (though not illegally).

The stamp was placed on the front of the postcard, a custom especially common in France. Many early postcard collectors liked to have the stamp and picture visible at the same time when cards were placed in an album. Sometimes there would be a T.C.V. note in the stamp box on the reverse. This was an abbreviation for Timbre Cote Vue, notifying postal employees that the postage stamp was applied to the other side of the card. 

The orientation and position of the stamp indicates that the sender was also sending another message using the Language of Stamps. There were many variations of the Language of Stamps that were printed on postcards or other publications (see The postcard below is an example I have on an old French postcard. According to this key, a stamp in the upper left corner of the card, with the stamp upside down and its top pointing down and to the left, means "Give me your heart" (Donne moi ton cœur).

It may be a long time until the New Year, but sincere wishes of happiness are welcome at any time, even when they are delivered under false pretenses..

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Map: Along the Santa Fe (1)

From the Great Lakes to the Pacific Coast and the Gulf of Mexico along the Santa Fe. Red circles indicate Santa Fe Hotels, Dining, and Lunch rooms, under management of Fred Harvey. Copyright, 1911, by Fred Harvey.