Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Wistful Wednesday: Postcards Grandpa Kept

Recently I went through some of  the old photos that belonged to my Grandfather and Grandmother Y.  Amongst the photos were some interesting  Real Photo Postcards.

Real Photo Postcards were all the rage in the early 1900’s.  You could have your picture taken and have it made into a Postcard, and then send it to your friends.  The cost for the postcards was usually about a penny and then it cost you a penny to mail.  So for two cents you could impress your friends.  You could also keep them.

RPP AA Richardson number three

This one is from 1910. An early hunting camp in Minnesota.  None of these people look like my Grandpa..and nothing is written on the back of the postcard. Nine men and fifteen deer, it must have been a good hunt.  They have a fire going and someone has slept in a Tepee.

Back of AA Richarssons photo postcards

A. A. Richardson had a Photo Illustrating Company in Bemidji, Minnesota in 1910. ( His business only survived a year.)  He notes on the postcard: This card is a genuine original photograph.

RPP AA Richardson Bemidji Photo

This postcard also from 1910 is what I call “No compromise” or “We are stuck together..forever.” There was no Photoshop back then..this is obviously an original genuine photograph! Who knows if these two bucks were entangled to their death or placed that way by a taxidermist.

I find these 100 year old postcards that my Grandfather kept very interesting.  I wonder what I have kept that I haven’t marked.  In 100 years will someone say  “What was Grandma thinking?” :)


Jeanne Estridge said...

Maybe they were Siamese deer.

Lanny said...

You think it'll take 'em a hundred years to say that?

I have found that taxidermists like to mess with people's minds - jackalope ring a bell here? Not to mention, do does have antlers?

By the way, on Saturday or Sunday (days blend together here) I wrote a huge comment for the beaver statue post but my computer died and didn't save it, aren't you lucky. But you did ask for our opinion on the matter didn't you, that could be a dangerous thing you know. To sum it all up... I think the word art is over used, and that opinion had nothing to do with the inclusion of the body part in the "art". Now the postcards and the taxidermy, that is art!

Karen said...

That's one heck of a lot of deer in the first photo! I wonder if they were more plentiful then, well probably:)

Maery Rose said...

When I had to empty out my Mom's house, I loved finding things like postcards, old letters, or notes written on scraps of paper. The thing that baffled me was how many empty Cool Whip and various other plastic containers she had stored in the cupboard. How many can you possibly use at one time?

Nezzy (Cow Patty Surprise) said...

So very interesting girl! I thought I'd found a find when I found some 1950-51 post cards stuck back in my Mom's scrapbook. I also ran across a 1950 Guam calender with only Dec. left on it.

Siamese deer....good on Jeanne!

That huntin' came scene is quite impressive.

God bless and have a marvelous day :o)

DayPhoto said...

I love old photcards also. I THANK you for sharing perfect for the season.

Country Gal said...

Wonderful postcards ! I to loved what I found when I cleaned my mums house out after she had passed, all the old photos, postcards, letters and such and I even found a love letter that my dad had wrote and sent her from when he was in the war, how beautiful it was. What a great post ! Have a good day !

Emma Rose said...

Thanks for the reminder that we need to mark everything! There are so many pictures that only the Duchess knows anything about, it would be a shame for it to be lost when she's "gone".
Speaking of the Duchess - she is making your Lemon Cake for dessert tonight. Evidently she thinks she isn't already fat enough! Ha!!

Emma Rose

Patsy said...

Meat for the cold winter days to come.

Andrea said...

Neat! That one with all the deer reminds me of some I've seen from northern Pa. Thanks for sharing!! I hate to admit how many photos and such I have never Great Aunt always told my mother to write on the back of pictures, but she never did (she thought it would damage them or something). I will try to start!

Lynda said...

Pretty cool that he saved that stuff and no one made him throw it away. I work with some people who believe if an item is not being used, then it should be tossed. That makes history disappear.

Anonymous said...

Amazing old photographs, although me being me, I feel sorry for the deer!

Intense Guy said...

One of my uncles passed away a few years ago leaving behind an entire closet filled with unmarked 35mm slides. Literally hundreds of thousands of them - mostly nearly empty desert landscapes from the 50-60's.

And of course he isn't in any of them (that I've looked at so far!)