Thursday, May 14, 2009

Vintage Thingies Thursday - Peace 1918 Trivet & Postcards

When I bought my "Peace 1918" brass trivet, I was told that it came from England. I thought about starting a collection of trivets and even bought a book on trivets. However, I couldn't find other trivets that I thought were equally interesting, and I found it was difficult to tell the old trivets from reproductions. I do have a postcard of a trivet collection, though (I'll show it at the end of this post)!

November 11, 1918 was the symbolic end of World War I, when an Armistice treaty was signed between Germany and the Allies. I have several postcards of the Victory (Peace) Day celebrations in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The first postcard is a printed card from the L. S. Donaldson company. Donaldson's was an old Minneapolis department store. The description on the front of the card is as follows:

"This photograph, showing Victory Day illuminations, was taken at 2:30 a. m. , Monday, November 11, 1918, just 30 minutes after the news was received in Minneapolis of the signing of the Armistice by Germany."

Two other postcards I have are real photo postcards showing views of the same location during the day. Donaldson's is the lighter building on the left that has flags of the Allies hanging below the third floor. I find these cards more interesting for the descriptions written on the back than the quality of the photos.

On the back of the first photo is written:

"Nov. 11, 1918. Looks like Bargain Day at Donaldsons doesn't it? But it's really only Peace Day."

On the back of the second photo is written:

" Peace Day. Just to give you an idea of the crowds on Nic. Ave. this was taken about noon later in the afternoon and all that night it was much worse. We're supposed to be in this. Pick us out."

Finally, here is a postcard of a trivet collection at Pioneer Village in Minden, Nebraska:

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  1. Thanks for shaing some really vintage pictures. I love most vintage items as I grew up in that time frame.

  2. Wow...these are great old postcards..

  3. That is an amazing trivet, and the postcards are simply wonderful!

    I also love the picture from Pioneer Village - I'm only 1/2 an hour from there!

  4. Oh wow, all those trivets in your postcard are soooooo cool, just like yours. I like the lines of all of them displayed together.

  5. Thanks for sharing these historic WW1 memorabilia.

  6. I loved the cards and the trivets.
    Happy VTT and have a lovely weekend.

  7. Great post. I love old postcards.

  8. Thanks for these!...I went to college in Minneapolis and remember Donaldson's! (ok, a little later than 1918!). Love the Bargain Day message :)

  9. These are great vintage postcards, very interesting. Thanks for participating in VTT. Sorry, my comment was late, I have been out of town.


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