Postcards, United States

You’uns Are Hot- We’uns Are not [1939 – North Carolina]

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“Having a big time.”

Billy’s sarcasm towards Annemarie is what makes 1930s postcard charming, and I think I’m going to bring that phraseology back as an alternative to “great” time. I bet it really was nice in the Blue Ridge Mountains just South of Asheville, NC in July.

In my eyes, the main quality of a great postcard is leaving the reader wanting to know more! This one certainly poses so many more questions than it answers. I want to know what’s happening off stage!

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Dear Annemarie-

Haven’t got enough to say to write a letter– hence the card. I’m visiting Chick now and having a big time. Guess I’ll go back to S.C. and cruise around before I come home. In the meantime try to bear up under the strain of my absence.

Billy

To:

  • Miss Annemarie Dünzelmann
  • 1118 Madison St.
  • Clarksville, Tennessee

Postmark: Hendersonville, N. C. – July 19, 1939

Military Postcards, Postcards, United States

Sgt. Marress [1943 – Topeka, Kansas]

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Lloyd Marress WWII Postcard Series (#3 of 5)

August 1943

This time we find Buddy, a Sergeant now, writing to his wife in Tennessee. He most likely was serving with the 21st Bombardment Wing which was located in Topeka, Kansas as of May 1943 (Wikipedia). The primary function of Buddy’s unit was “processing heavy bombardment crews and aircraft for overseas movement, and then processing men returning from overseas, from 1942–1946.” He seems to be staying stateside for the war, so perhaps he was an aircraft mechanic or other tradesman prepping bombers for overseas deployment.

I wonder if this postcard was provided for free by the United Service Organization (USO). I’m not sure what else “U.S.O.” could possibly stand for in this context.

Link: History of the Topeka Airport (aka Topeka Army Airfield in 1943).

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Saturday Evening

Darling,

I’m staying on the base tonite, as I said I will. I didn’t work this aft. got caught up on my work, at last.

I hope you’re feeling alright, s–[?] the old medicine made you sick.

I’ll go now, but[?] will be back tomorrow.

Forever yours, Buddy

To:

  • Mrs. L. H. Marress
  • Lobelville, Tennessee

From:

  • Sgt. L.H. Marress
  • 21st Sq. (S)
  • Topeka, Kansas

Postmark: Aug 29, 1943 – Topeka, Kansas

Image: “From Topeka Kansas U.S.O” John Morrell & Co. Meat packing Promo Postcard featuring Kansas Jayhawk


Other postcards from Buddy Marress

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North America, Postcards, United States

Sugar Cane Harvest [1956 – Cuba, via Miami]

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This one comes from a period of great upheaval in Cuba, but the sugar cane still needed to be harvested.

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Havana – Jan 20th

The sugar-cane harvest begins this week. We saw the carts being loaded as we drove from Matauzas this morning.

Love,

Grandmother

They cut with machetes. Gram

To:

  • David B. Stewart
  • 909 Woodmont Blvd.
  • Nashville, Tenn.

Postmark: Miami, Fla. – Jan 21, 1956 – Fight infant paralysis Join March of Dimes

Front image: Cutting sugar cane. Habana. Corte de Caña

Postcards, United States

Please be good boys [1961 – Washington, D.C.]

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This dad misses his sons. I miss the time before TSA screening lines.

But, this is really a very sweet postcard message from a dad.

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6:15 Sun NITE

Hi boys,

Daddy is sitting in the place while they re-fuel and take on food for our supper in Knoxville. I wish you could see the big DC-6 I’m on. And the weather is so pretty. I do wish you could have flown with me.

Please be good boys, and I’ll be writing you every single day.

Love, Daddy

To:

  • Mike & Perry Lindquist
  • Route #3
  • Portland, Tenn.

Postmark: Washington, D.C. – Nov 5, 1961

Stamp: $.07 US Air Mail

Image: American Airlines 707

 

 

 

Postcards, United States

Anne in Olympia [Washington, 1932]

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For some reason I picture Anne as being very stylish. She definitely seems to be fond of hotel hopping.

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Jan. 15, 1932

Hello John!

Just moved over to this hotel. It’s better looking. We have been having snow & plenty.

Toodle-lo

Anne

  • John O. Hunt
  • Tennessee City, Tenn

Postmark: Olympia, Washington – January 16, 1932

Image: Hotel Olympian, Olympia Washington – Western Hotels Inc.


More postcards from Anne to John:

Anne in Everett [1931, Washington]

Anne’s Boss [1932, Washington]

Postcards, United States

Anne in Everett [1931, Washington]

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Anne is a girl with some spunk. I wonder what traveling around Washington State was like after the market crashed only a few years earlier. And she and whoever she’s with seem to get around with no trouble. And all these years later, we still talk about the weather.

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Hello!

How is the weather down there? We’ve crossed the Rockies now so we have no snow, but plenty rain & it’s cold.

Love, Anne

  • Mr. John O. Hunt
  • Tennessee City
  • Tenn.

Postmark: Everett, Washington – December 1931

Image: Hotel Monte Cristo, Everett, Wash. – Western Hotels Inc.


Other postcards From Anne to John O. Hunt:

Anne’s Boss [1932, Washington]

Europe, Postcards

Rain [Switzerland, 1966]

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Intriguing because of its brevity, this postcard was presumably sent to make the recipient aware that the sender made it to Switzerland. The Liebensbergers clearly knew about this trip ahead of time, but they don’t know much more after reading this note.

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Rain the first day.

  • Gw.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Paul Leibensperger
  • 201 9th St.
  • Shoemakersville, PA. 19555
  • U.S.A.

 

Postmark: Luzern, Switzerland – November 11, 1966

Image: Luzern, Kapellbrücke mit Pilatus (Luzerner Tracht) [Luzern, Chapel bridge with traditional dress]

Military Postcards, Postcards, United States

Without a Blueprint [1951, N. Dakota]

Fargo ND 1951 Postcard

I love how the message on the comic side, “Just Married,” matches perfectly with the life events on the reverse. It seems that every possible milestone and location has been mentioned, from one coast to the other (Maine to California) and even the big sky country in between. This postcard is delightfully all over the place.

Fargo ND 1951 Postcard back

Hi Nick-

Had nearly forgotten about that $5. Little more delay then will fwd to you in Calif. Next straight to Conn(?)., got married, a ’47 Chev, then drove to Mont, now heading to Presque Isle, Me (23rd FE. Ny.) Next project is getting a new car, then freedom from the above!

Hope to see you & family, please ans. to Ny address after I write again.

Red Serginson (T/Sgt)

  • T/Sgt Walter Nikkel Jr.
  • A.F. 37710692
  • 641 Morey Ave
  • Del Caso Htgs
  • Sacremento, Calif.

Postmark: Fargo, N. Dakota, Aug 12, 1951

“Can’t you architects do anything without a blueprint?”

Related Postcards:

Same Recipient: “Walter Nikkel” – Nice spot in the Azores [1953, Portugal]

 

Europe, Other Locations, Postcards

Making great progress [Israel, 1950]

View from the Carmel, Vintage Postcard - Israel 1950

This postcard comes from a fascinating time and place. Sent from Italy (as indicated by the postmark), the sender mentions writing it on the shores of Galilee in the first years of the new nation of Israel. If you can translate the Hebrew text, I’d love your help reading what it says.

Vintage postcard message

Tuesday, Jul 25, 1950

Dear Paul, This is written on the shore of Galilee. Whole trip has been wonderful. Have kept going day & night the past ten days in Palestine. Israel is making great progress. We’re coming home soon as possible now, the Lord willing. Best wishes to you & your family – George W Dettoff

To:

  • Mr. Paul Brown
  • Rt. 6
  • Murfreesboro, Tennessee
  • U.S.A.

Postmark: Ferrovia, Roma 1950

Stamps: Italian 20 lire & 50 lire

 

Europe, Other Locations, Postcards

Steel Holiday [Istanbul, 1977]

I once spent Christmas (when my husband was deployed) speaking German with a Greek friend, at her grandparents’ Gasthaus in Bavaria — not a blood relative of mine within several time zones. This postcard is from a sender who is also far from home at that time of year when most of us are trying to get “home.”

Spending the holidays away from home is always an interesting prospect. In this case, the sender is also undertaking a business endeavor — building a steel mill in Turkey. I do wonder if they completed the project within the two years they mention in the postcard.

If you too ever have the chance to spend the holidays in a more adventurous location, I recommend giving it a try.

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12/11/77

Greetings from Istanbul, Turkey. Rausu[?] Engineers and I are trying to build a steel mill, hopefully before spring 1979.

Seems like a long way from Dearborn, Chicago and friends which makes holiday season a little more meaningful –

Ginny[?] & Joe Faloon

Kucuk Bebek Lad[?]

Bebek Istanbul Turkey

To:

  • Mr. & Mrs. James A Merry
  • 10316 West Charter Mall Rd.
  • Thiensville Wisconsin 53092
  • U.S.A.

Image: Istanbul – The mosque of Soliman the Magnificent and the Golden Horn          

Postmark: illegible, Turkish postage