Seattle 1978

Seattle 1978

Monday, December 30, 2013

Vintage New Year's Greetings

I'm having a hard time believing 2013 is over!  That's the thing about the calendar . . . there is no pause button.  I feel pretty certain that those who originally sent these beautiful and charming New Year's greetings would not have any inkling that they would be "sent" again as wishes a century later. 

"1 January - A happy New Year" mailed December 1907. Message on back reads
"Dear Friend. We all wish you a Happy New Year. Mama is sick in bed with the grip. Family Goetz"
(Hope Mama got better.  I've noticed in my growing postcard collection that illness was frequently reported this way.)

"A happy New Year"

"Best New Years Wishes.
To you dear friend
Sincere Greetings
I fondly send
This New Years Day"
"This card brings our best wishes for the New Year"
"A happy New Year" copyrighted 1908
"A happy New Year" mailed January 1911

"I send this New Year greeting
Just to speak a word of cheer,
And assure you my good wishes
Will go with you through the year."

"A Happy New Year" mailed January 1909

"A Happy New Year. 
In friendship true, 
for auld lang syne, 
Accept this greeting wish of mine."

"New Year Greetings 
And love sin-
cere. May our friendship 
grow with 
each passing 
(kind of an awkward second line . . . I would have designed it so it didn't appear to promote loving sin!  :-) )

"Right hearty Greeting for the New Year" mailed December 1910

"My New Year Gift to You. 
My New Year gift will not be brought 
By an expressman's cart. 
It is neither tied nor wrapped 
But comes straight from a loving heart." mailed December 1929

"Best Wishes for a Happy New Year" mailed December 1912

"A happy New Year - 
Time to be good to thee 
And added years bring 
only added pleasures." mailed January 1915

"Here's to Today
Write it on your heart 
that every day is the best 
day of the year." mailed December 21, 1912.
Message on back reads in part ". . . I am sorry to say we won't get (?) before Christmas J?erry cut his foot right at the ankle with the axe. We will try and come in between (?) and New year."
How awful!  I hope Jerry wasn't crippled for the rest of his life!

Glad tidings for a healthy, prosperous, grippe-free and axe-to-the-ankle-free 2014!!!!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Christmas Coca-Cola

Coke ads from the late 1950s to the early 1960s.  Santa and "The Pause that Refreshes".
I believe all the artwork for these Coca Cola ads are attributed to Haddon Sundblom.  From their website, this artist's artwork was used between 1931-1964. 

Holiday Issue 1956 Life Magazine

Holiday Issue 1957

Holiday Issue 1958 Life Magazine

Holiday Issue 1959 Life Magazine

Holiday Issue 1960 Life Magazine

Holiday Issue 1961 Life Magazine

Holiday Issue 1962 Life Magazine

Merry Christmas! 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Vintage Thanksgiving Postcards

I'd love to know if it was common to send Thanksgiving postcard greetings a century ago.  I have never sent Thanksgiving cards but I sure love to see what was mailed 100 years ago.

"Thanksgiving Greetings" Mailed November 1909

"Best Thanksgiving Greetings"

"Best wishes for a happy Thanksgiving"

Thanksgiving Greetings - Mailed November 1916

Be sure to enjoy the vintage Thanksgiving postcards I posted last year!

Monday, November 25, 2013

We Gather Together

Happy Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving 1967. My Dad's Mom, Stella Frederickson Hawes, on the left is holding the hand of my Mom's Dad, Howard Johnson. On the right, My Dad's Dad, Bill Hawes is holding the hand of my Mom's Mom, Lucy Andrew Johnson. My Mom, my (middle) sister and I are in the photo as well - my Dad took the photo.

Looking back I realize how special it was to have us all gathered around the same table. My youngest sister was born more than 10 years after this photo and after Howard had died. But this was my entire family at the time.

A favorite traditional hymn at Thanksgiving "We Gather Together"

We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;
He chastens and hastens His will to make known.
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing.
Sing praises to His Name; He forgets not His own.

Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine;
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, were at our side, all glory be Thine!

We all do extol Thee, Thou Leader triumphant,
And pray that Thou still our Defender will be.
Let Thy congregation escape tribulation;
Thy Name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!

I hope you will be able to gather together and spend Thanksgiving with your loved ones.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

1930s Seattle Business District

I've been in thrift stores and have been told they actually throw away used postcards!!!  Can you believe it?! Those are my favorites!  I've mentioned before I love peeking at the messages.  This one from e-Bay is a bonus as it labels some buildings (although not 100% correct) and has a bit of a curious message on the back.
"New Washington Hotel, Seattle P. O., M. D. Bldg, Northern Life Bldg, Telephone Bldg, Olympic Hotel, Elks Club"

P - 100 Section of Seattle Business District - Asahel Curtis

Postmarked June 10 1940.
"Dear Tom, This is the best I can do in Seattle. There hasn't been a new P. O. built here in 55 years therefore Seattle is ashamed to photo the old one Hear's(Here's?) where it is located. Greetings G. Switzer"
I'm imagining that these two fellas, G. Switzer and Thomas J. Ashe, travelled frequently for business. For whatever reason, they promised to mail each other postcards of the towns' post offices. But Mr. Switzer was unsuccessful finding one during his visit to Seattle.  He did pretty well labeling Seattle buildings in this one but it's quite a bit harder when you don't have the benefit of Google Maps.  The building labeled "M. (D?) bldg" between "Seattle P. O." and "Northern Life bldg" is actually 1411 Fourth Avenue Building.  Perhaps he thought it was the Medical Dental building which is three blocks further north.  The Post Office was completed in 1908 according to King County Snapshots so was 32 years old in 1940 - I'd love to know where he got "55 years" but he was probably just being snarky ;-).

I do have some images of some of the buildings he's labeled - from left to right
"New Washington Hotel"

"The New Washington Hotel, Seattle, Washington"

"The New Washington Hotel, Seattle, Wash."

The "New Washington Hotel" is now known as
The Josephinum
1902 Second Avenue (Stewart)
It was completed in 1908 and still stands

This was fun . . .  I was looking on-line for Seattle post office images the same day my "new" postcard arrived in the mail and not very successful finding good ones but lo-and-behold, I open my flickr contacts' Photostream and there is a beauty right at the top.  Thanks TrackWalker!
"Seattle P. O."  AKA  U.S. Court House, Custom House, and Post Office  AKA The Federal Building
Acccording to King County Snapshots, it was completed in 1908 and torn down in 1958.
Check out the Google street view for the current Post Office in the same location.  Really?  (shaking my head) I'm sure there was a really good reason to build it that way without much character. 
Seattle Post Office, 1912
Less than a week later, I acquired my own postcard of the old Post Office

"U. S. Court House and Post office, Seattle." The Lowman & Hanford Co., Seattle.  If you return to the postcard at the top of this, you'll see "Lowman & Hanford" painted on the side of the Empire building on the lower right - the publisher of this and many other old Seattle postcards.

Further to the right in that current Google Street View you can see The Northern Life Building now known as the Seattle Tower with the three spires on top.
Here is another view of the Northern Life and Telephone Buildings - 1968 from Seattle Municipal Archives.  The Josephinium is appears left of the Space Needle.
Seattle, looking north on Third Avenue, 1968
They both still stand - this photo gives you an idea of how dwarfed they are now. (photo linked to Wikimedia Commons where it was found  - Joe Mabel)
Seattle Northern Life 05

1411 Fourth Ave. Building (the one labeled "M. D. Bldg") 
Completed in 1929 and still standing. (Photo linked to Wikimedia Commons where it was found  - Joe Mabel)
Seattle - 1411 Fourth 04

The Olympic Hotel
411 University Street.  Completed in 1924 and still standing.

The Elks Club (B. P. O. E. Building "Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks") was built in 1913 at the corner of 4th & Spring.  It was demolished about 1966 to make way for the Sea-First Building AKA The Box the Space Needle came in AKA Safeco Plaza.
From Jasperdo's photostream
B.P.O.E. Building, Seattle.

The building in the lower right of my new old postcard: "The Empire Building" was also known as "The American Saving's Bank" was at 920 Second Avenue - it was built in 1906 and demolished in the 1970s.

The Wells Fargo Center (999 3rd AVE) was completed in that block in 1983.

I just thought it was fun to examine this postcard and learn more about the buildings in it.

Monday, September 2, 2013

First Day of School

Three generations of first day of school photos - expressions of excitement and maybe a tiny bit of apprehension.

My Dad 1940s - Bremerton, WA (I reeeeally wanted that to be a Pee-Chee that he was holding but I don't think it is)

My Mom's school uniform - St. Joseph's 1940s - Vancouver, WA

My husband and his twin sister - first day of school 1967 - Bellevue, WA (neat-o Monkees and Charlie Brown "Peanuts" lunch boxes!)

My daughter's first day of Kindergarten

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Vintage Camping

Camping for leisure - Even in days we consider daily life with all the "then" modern conveniences a bit primitive, families ventured out to enjoy the Great Outdoors.

These photos are of my husband's father's family during the early 1920s.  They are labeled Yellowstone Park, Glacier Park,  and Fish Fry.  I'm pretty sure the family lived in Conrad, Montana at the time.

My favorite ones are my Grandmother-in-law, Mabel (Fey) Robertson with her sons, Walter (the youngest) my father-in-law,  Charles Robertson Jr. 

I love that she joined in the fun and got wet up to her hips!

These are labeled Yellowstone. Mabel smiling (I'm pretty sure that's her) and her mother-in-law Etta Faulconer Robertson Everingham is next to her.

(more Mabel and Etta in Yellowstone)
Chains on the rear tires - must have been for offroading.

Charles Robertson and his mother

Glacier Park family photo: Charles Robertson, Charles Robertson (Jr.), Walter (mostly hidden), Etta Faulconer Robertson Everingham, Mabel Fey Robertson.

Glacier Park Campsite

"Fish Fry" This might not be a camping trip but a town-wide picnic or something