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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Chocolate is Melting Away, But Not on Postcards

A69816, Chocolates in the 1910s
There is a rumor spreading that there is a chocolate shortage...SAY IT AIN'T SO!! (tears streaming down my face). The question is, who's fault is it?

In November of 2014, a wide range of sources from newspaper articles to bloggers informed us that there will be a chocolate shortage. To sum it up, we eat too much chocolate. The demand is there, but the supply isn't there at this moment, however it's not entirely our fault. In West Africa (where 70 percent of the world's cocoa is produced) there is a drought, some sort of fungal disease is on the rampage, and China is buying more and more chocolate each year. According to the Washington Post, "...because of all this, cocoa farming has proven a particularly tough business, and many farmers have shifted to more profitable crops, like corn, as a result." I don't blame them!

Furthermore, dark chocolate has become very popular, almost a trendy option. I hopped on this bandwagon a few years ago. The main problem is dark chocolate contains way more cocoa by volume than traditional chocolate bars. An average chocolate bar contains 10% cocoa, whereas darker chocolates contain 70% or more. So, let's start a new bandwagon. Let's go old school...milk chocolate.

 I feel that this chocolate shortage has made our chocolate bars taste waxy. In some ways, chocolate manufactures are trying to keep up with the demand by using additives. Chocolate should melt in your mouth and not leave a waxy aftertaste. 

If you would like to read more about this topic, check out these links:

1. Your Dark Chocolate Addiction Is Driving Up the Price of Chocolate, by Roberto A. Ferdman
2. The Washington Post, "The World's Biggest Chocolate-Maker Says We're Running Out of Chocolate," by Roberto A. Ferdman (I'm seeing a pattern here)
3. That Great Chocolate Shortage; Of Course It's Bad Policy, Why Do You Ask?, by Tim Worstall

Here are a few of our chocolate/candy postcards. I wonder where they got their cocoa in the first half of the 20th century?

1920s-1940s Chocolate Advertisements:
D261, 1920s Advertisement for Hoefler's Centennial Chocolates.
A wide variety of Caramels, Nougats, Chews, Nuts, and etc. in milk and vanilla chocolate.
Vanilla Chocolate?
6AH907, 1930s advertisement for Societe Red Stripe Chocolate Bars. 
9AH1676, King's Chocolates
9AH1677, King's Chocolates 
9AH1909, King's Chocolates

9AH1678, King's Chocolates

4BH961, Interior view of a 1940s Candy Shop in Rochester, NY

Misc. Candy Advertisements:
4BH321, Reymers' Fine Candies
4BH1525, Reymers' Fine Candies

9AH564, Wrigley's Gum, Times Square

6AH442, Wrigley's Gum, Times Square

4BH1321, Florida Orange Candy. I like this Advertisement.
It says, "For Health's Sake, Eat More Fruit Sugar Candies."
I think this doesn't apply to today's health standards :)

4AH589, The Old Virginia Apple Candy

1BH1893, Salt Water Taffy. This artist was trying too hard to be ironic :)

Monday, February 9, 2015

A Little Business We Like To Call Show

By: Corinne Court, Registrar at Curt Teich Postcard Archives

It's no secret. Music has a big effect on society since the beginning of time. Music is such a force and cultural connection; it can define who they are, whether they listen to Country, Gospel, Rock 'n' Roll, or name it.   Postcard publishers have printed cards featuring musicians and entertainers, probably since the beginning of...postcards!  

One of our most successful blog posts are the articles written about The Beatles. I thought, why not showcase a few lesser known acts that were worthy enough to be printed on a postcard. Now, just so you know, I don't know many of these acts and there is little information out there. Please share any tidbits of these artists. Thanks!

6EK329, The Singing Payne Family.  The Payne Family Gospel Singers originally consisted of Vernon, the father; Dorothy, the mother; Judy, the daughter; and two sons David and Kenny (youngest). Over the years the ensemble morphed into the Payne Family, and now just The Paynes. I do love their matching outfits!


8CK1014, Singing Capital Chorus. According to their website: "The men of the DC chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society are a premier a cappella singing group in the national capital region. We have been ringing chords and entrancing audiences since our founding in 1945 (and today). "  So, for Valentines this year, don't forget to order the Singing Capital Chorus to sing to your loved one!

G2187 Grand Ole Opry Show. I've never been to the Grand Ole Opry, but I'm going to say it's safe to assume the stage no longer looks this small.  

7EK173, On the back of the postcard: "Grapevine Opry.
Chisal Childs and Johnnie High, recording stars
on the Aunt Susie Label and of the Grapevine Opry."
According to Wikipedia: "In 1974, Johnnie
began his country music show, when he and dance teacher
Chisal Childs, bought and renovated Grapevine Palace Theatre."
5ED123, The Country Belles, ALL-GIRL ultra-modern Country Show Band.  Were they copying Abba with their looks? OR was Abba copying the Belles? ;)  Here is a link to their blog site:


6DK783 Celine's. I wasn't able to find any information about this woman.
The only thing I could find of Puerto Rico and Celine was Celine Dion

6DK784 Papo Roman is a Puerto Rican musician and percussionist.
He's best known for his band Fiel a la Vega.
D18234 Sev and Fred. On the back of the postcard states:
Exciting popular entertainers are well known for their
fast-aced and professional shows, imitations of
famous artists and outstanding vocals. 
5DK1092 Korolevu Trio. On the back of the postcard states:
Seated in a corner of the Adi Kuila Bure,
watched over by giant Tikis, the Korolevu Trio plays
 island music each evening for hotel guests. 

5DK1700 "Wharf Rats - Jim, Nancy, and Tim.  According to the internet, someone asked what happened to the Peter, Paul & Mary group of New Jersey. Here is the answer from Susie, little sister of Tim in 2007: "Jimmy went on to be successful in the country music field as one of the lead singers of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band...Nancy I am not sure what's up with her. As for my brother Tim, we lost him to Chronic Lymphatic Leukemia...He was a successful business man.
7AH1, Roy and Tom, Legless guitar players and entertainers. I don't know any information about these men.

Rock 'n' Roll (80's Style!)

G2225, Adam Ant

G2226. Culture Club. That man on the right doesn't look too happy.

G2228, Van Halen

G2229, The Police? more like Billy Idol.

G2232, Motley Crue. I bet someone out there 
still believes these guys are the devil. ;)

G2230, Iron Maiden

Singing Acts
WOF425, We must not forget about the singing cats!

Friday, January 23, 2015

For the Love of Postcard Art

By: Corinne Court, Registrar at Curt Teich Postcard Archives
PACE 2005: Flora, Erin Endicott, woven watercolor
Are you an artist? Do you like to create original works of art for fun? Then I have a challenge for you!

The Curt Teich Postcard Archives at the Lake County Discovery Museum is pleased to announce a call for entries for the tenth Postcard Art Competition and Exhibition (PACE).  It's a juried competition that celebrates the postcard as an art form, and challenges artists to create original works of art in 4 x 6 inch postcard size.

Don't be afraid to let loose. Works of art will be judged on overall creativity, technical expertise, and content. Just check the postcards below. They're pretty unique! :)
PACE 1997: Copper Iron, Mary Nash, mixed media
PACE 2005: The Future is Positive, Maki Geno, acrylic
PACE 2011: Queen of Clubs, Michele Jackson
digital collage

PACE 2001: Nereid Riding a Bull, Archie Brennan, tapestry
PACE 2003: Hardware, Software, Ron Testa, computer art

Here are the rules:
1. You must 18 years or older to enter
2. The works of art must be 4x6 inches -  postcard size
2. Art can be in any two-dimensional medium
3. Art can be in three-dimensional work with a depth no greater than three-eighths of an inch
4. Deadline for submissions is July 15, 2015

Twelve winning artists will each receive a cash award of $150. A set of postcards will be made from the winning works, and each artist will receive 200 copies of their postcard. Each of the winning artists will be eligible for Awards of Excellence in the amount of $300, $200, and $100 for first, second, and third place positions. Twenty-four merit award winners will be selected and included in the traveling exhibition that starts at the Lake County Discovery Museum and travels to local galleries and cultural institutions in the Greater Chicago Area for approximately one year!

For more information about PACE, and the prospectus entry form, please visit

Also, the Curt Teich Postcard Archives just printed a beautiful book titled, Carte Postale: The Postcard Art of PACE. Carte Postale brings together, for the first time, the 325 pieces from the 1995 through 2011 PACE exhibitions. It would be a wonderful gift for art enthusiasts! To place an order, call the museum store at 847.968.3400.

Here are a few of my favorites:
PACE 2009: Suppose We Could Not Love?
Randee Ladden, digital collage
PACE 2005: Geronimo - A Colorful Spirit
Robert Nonnemacher, watercolor and pencil
PACE 2003: Who Loves Ya Baby?
Doug Travis, mixed media

PACE 2009: Bird Song, Kristen Janes, paper collage and acrylic paint