Thursday, May 14, 2009

Postcard Friendship Friday - Story Book Island

This is a kind of tongue-in-cheek follow-up to the Race Suicide and Motherhood post I did last Sunday. The verse is from an old English nursery rhyme:

There was an old woman who lived in a shoe.
She had so many children, she didn't know what to do;
She gave them some broth without any bread;
Then whipped them all soundly and put them to bed.

I thought this was very amusing when I was young, but now it sounds like child abuse.

This postcard is from
Story Book Island in South Dakota and was mailed in 1961. This year Story Book Island is celebrating its 50th Anniversary. This is the description from the back of the postcard:

Rapid City, Black Hills,
S. D.

A feature of the Rapid City Parks Department, Story Book Island is sponsored by the Rapid City Rotary Club. Located in beautiful Sioux Park in the center of the city, this park is the dream of every child come true. It is a fantasy of design, color, animation and music to delight the child and adult alike.

I am showing the back of the card too bcause I think the childish handwriting is so cute. Obviously there was some help from an older person too.

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  1. I used to go to a place just like that when I was little, only it was in Rhode Island and called Enchanted Forest. Thanks for unleashing that great memory for me! Happy PFF!

  2. Even Bill Cosby said that his children could not sleep unless they've had a good beating. Perhaps the whippings took their minds off their hunger. (Yes, I'm kidding.)

  3. Whatta a beautiful postcard and the postcard itself is beautiful!

  4. Lovely handwriting! :-) Beautiful card too! Have a nice weekend!

  5. Wonderful glimpse into the past

  6. I remember the rhyme too but even as a child it bothered me in some indefinable way. I love the card and the shoe on it.

    And, yes, I'm intending to add my Fish Map post to your Scavenger Hunt. :)

  7. How amusing it is to go back and read the old nursery rhymes.
    I had never heard of this place before ,I think I'll go do a little researching about women who live in shoes :)
    Happy Postcard Friendship Friday .
    Have a really nice weekend.

  8. that is SO cool! I remember that rhyme :-)

  9. Fairy tale type cards would make a terrific category for collecting.
    Evelyn in Montreal

  10. Oh, I just love this card! I'm a big fan of fairy tales and nursery rhymes. Storybook island sounds wonderful!


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