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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A Postcard Tour of New York City

Dexter, 48172-B
Tonight David Letterman is ending his long running stint of Late Night with David Letterman, as it's scheduled to be his final goodbye show.  There will be special appearances, but no formal interview scheduled. His final interview was yesterday, with Bill Murray making quite an entrance...popping out of a cake, more like plopping out of a cake. 

To reconize his long career, I wanted to find postcards of the Ed Sullivan Theater, or previously known as the Manhattan Theater, or before that the Hammerstein Theater. I had no such luck. However, I did come across a postcard of Johnny Carson, but we all know how that relationship ended.  (not good, if you didn't know)
D14474, Johnny Carson
So, through all my research, the best I could come up with was a street view of Broadway Ave. I assume the theater is somewhere down there...

Since Late Night with David Letterman was taped in New York City, and his backdrop was a view of the city, why don't we take a carriage ride to all the sights the city holds.

Aerial Views of the City:
1CH752, Mid-Town Manhattan

7EK108, The tip end of Manhattan Island

G4243, Mid town skylines, New York Airways'
Helicopters used to
ferry passengers between the New York City
Heliport to the three airports in the city

G4247, The harbors

Statue of Liberty:
7ED104, Statue of Liberty and Lower Manhattan


Iconic Buildings:
1CH735, St. Patrick's Cathedral
1CH746, Chrysler Building East and Chrysler Building

1CH749, Empire State Building

1CH753, Rockefeller Center, Time and Life Building

WOF1049, Flat Iron Building
Modes of Transportation: 
1CH755, Queen Elizabeth,
World's Largest Liner arrives in New York Harbor

G394, Hudson River Tunnel
City Hall Loop, NY Rapid Transit Tunnel

Elevated Railroad Curve at 110th Street

Times Square:

Central Park:
1CH754, Looking North from R.C.A. Building
7ED105, Central Park Pond

G2062, Central Park, The Lower Lake, the ducks, the Balloon Man, and the Plaza Skyscrapers
Other Points of Interests:
G2061, Washington Square looking through Washington Arch

1CH750, Rockefeller Plaza Outdoor Ice Skating Rink 
1CH751, The Channel Gardens, Rockefeller Center
1CH744, Yankee Stadium

1CH731, Madison Square Garden
7EK105, Metropolitan Opera

Last, But Not Least:
3BH1278, Sammy's Original Bowery Gay 80's, The Only Bowery Cabaret. These people look fabulous! I wish I got to see this.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Saucy "Crosswords" Postcards

CTPA03.15. "Crosswords," artist signed Donald McGill
I've been thinking about sharing these postcards for a while now, but I couldn't figure out why they were printed. Some of the questions I asked myself were, how did crossword puzzle postcards become a thing? was it when the crossword puzzle craze came in the 1920s? And, where does it fit in the world of crossword puzzles? The intended direction of this post was the history of crossword puzzle postcards. I found nothing. (Please help if you know of any books, articles, general information about crossword puzzle postcards).

Next, I researched the history of crossword puzzles. But, it always came back to, where do postcards fit in? I couldn't figure out how to tie it together.

So instead, I’m focusing on a crossword puzzle postcard cartoon artist named Donald McGill.

Donald McGill: January 28, 1875 - October 13, 1962.
He was a saucy man...a saucy man who drew saucy people.  He was an English graphic artist, best known for his saucy seaside postcards. His illustrations of attractive women, fat old ladies, drunken middle-aged men, honeymoon couples, and vicars awarded him the “Kind of Saucy Postcards.” (please visit Wikipedia for more information). These postcards were sold at souvenir shops near the English seaside…hence the name!

These postcards however are not saucy seaside postcards, but saucy "crosswords" postcards. They depict attractive young women, drunks, angry wives, silly kids, and dumb fat men. They were drawn by Donald McGill, sometime in the 1920s (based on post marks) and printed by the Inter-Art Company publishing house in London, England.  Please enjoy!

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Rugged and Flashy Side of Western-Themed Postcards


By: Corinne Court, Registrar at Curt Teich Postcard Archives
I began this blog post hoping to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Sound of Music. Steve came up with the idea to find a way to incorporate the imagery of Salzburg, Austria and other postcards to celebrate this anniversary.  I took on the task and failed the mission. This postcard is the best I could do. 
4CK700, Cor Unum, The home of the Von Trapp Family Singers, situated on
Luce Hill in the shadow of Mt. Mansfield, near Stowe, VT. 

During my Sound of Music research, I came across postcards of Western film actors.  My plan is not to tell the history of Western-themed films; It's a story too long to be told. The basic formula is, you have rugged cowboys, outlaws, lawmen, "Native Americans," and soldiers chasing each other on a movie set that looks like 19th-century Western America (I put Native American in quotes, because the actors portraying them were of other races).

Western films were very popular during the silent-film era (1894-1929).  The postcards below were some of the top-grossing actors during that time.

One of Western film's first star was William S. Hart (December 6,1864 - June 23, 1946): He started as a stage actor, but transitioned to film after seeing a cheesy nickelodeon Western sometime in 1913. He wanted people to see the real west and by 1914 he was a Western movie actor. His style of Westerns were known as gritty realism, with plain clothes, dusty sets, and run-down buildings, with all characters being flawed, but changed in the end. This trend of realism fell in and out of style throughout movie history. 
G4004, Wm. S. Hart, 
G4003, William Hart with his iconic pinto pony Fritz. Fritz was the first horse to be named in the credits as a costar. Fun fact: He received his own fan mail, which sometimes included sugar cubes. 

Next came Tom Mix (January 6, 1880 - October 12, 1940): By the early 1920s, the gritty realism ran its cources in favor of Tom Mix's style: flashier costumes and the faster-paced movies with action. The movie plots had distinct good and bad guys, and the clean-cut cowboy always saved the day. Again, this trend also fell in and out of style throughout movie history.
G4017, Tom Mix with his famous horse Tony.
Tony was the first horse given equal billing with his human costars.
Fun fact: Tony's hoof prints were placed alongside Mix's hand prints outside Grumman's Chinese Theater
G4018, Tom Mix
Buck Jones (December 12, 1891 - November 30, 1942) and Hoot Gibson (August 6, 1892 - August 23, 1962) joined Tom Mix in the mid 1920s as the top cowboy actors. Buck Jones was known for his rugged baritone voice and it recorded well once films moved to the talkies.  Hoot Gibson, originally a rodeo cowboy, became a film attraction and transitioned successfully to talkies too. 
G4010, Buck Jones
G4000, Hoot Gibson
Gary Cooper (May 7, 1901 - May 13, 1961): He is probably one of the most well-known actors in film history. His career began in the silent-film era and spanned through the golden age of Classical Hollywood (1930-1963). He grew up in Montana and at one time worked as a full-time cowboy. This trade helped him begin his career as a silent-film Westerner. He worked hard to venture out of Westerns and develop into the star he is known as today.
G3993, Gary Cooper
Other Western Actors:
G4007, Newton House
G4014, Leo Maloney in
"Yellow Contraband" (1928)
G4032, Tim McCoy as "The Masked Stranger"
in Beyond the Sierras (1928)
G4031, Tedd Wells in
"A Made to Order Hero" (1927)

G4029, Ted Wells in "The Fearless Ride" (1928)
G4001, Fred Gilman in
"Wolves of the Range" (1928) 
G3995, Howard Davis in
"Return of the Riddle Rider" (1924) 

G3990, Buffalo Bill, Jr. in "Roaring Broncs" (1927)