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Postcard: Richelieu Bed, Hearst Castle

December 15th, 2014 · No Comments

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Card is titled: “Cardinal Richelieu Bed, Hearst Castle, San Simeon, Calif.”

Printed on back of postcard:


San Simeon, California, on Scenic Highway 1 between Monterey and San Luis Obispo
The CARDINAL RICHELIEU BED is located in CASA DEL MONTE, built in 1920. Carved in planks of black walnut, it dates to the 17th Century and represents one of the finest carvings at Hearst Castle.

Publishing information:

Ogden Foods Service Corp., Box 6, San Simeon, Calif. 93452
Plastichrome, Boston

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Postcard: Van Ruysdael’s “A Waterfall”

December 8th, 2014 · No Comments


Card is untitled on the front.

Printed on back of postcard:

JACOB VAN RUYSDAEL, Dutch, ca. 1630-1682
A Waterfall, ca. 1665
Oil on canvas, 38 3/5 x 33 ¾ in. sight
Gift of Miss Helen Clay Frick, acc. 1953.2

Publishing information:

Printed in Germany by Brüder Hartmann, Berlin

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Postcard: Uganda Giraffes

December 1st, 2014 · No Comments

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Card is titled: “Uganda Giraffe, San Diego Wild Animal Park, “at San Pasqual.”

Printed on back of postcard:

San Diego Wild Animal Park, “at San Pasqual”
Uganda Giraffe
Giraffa Camelopardalis

Publishing information:


Photo by F.D. Schmidt

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Pantone postcard (#493)

November 30th, 2014 · No Comments

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Mom vs. Fred in Scrabble.

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Postcard: Supreme Court statue II

November 24th, 2014 · No Comments

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Card is untitled on the front.

Printed on back of postcard:

Holding a tablet of laws backed by a sheathed sword, this allegorical figure, one of a pair, sits at the main entrance to the Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C.  James E. Fraser completed the statue, know as “Guardian” or “Authority of Law,” in 1935.

Publishing information:

National Geographic Photographer Victor R. Boswell, Jr.

Copyright © 1973 The Foundation of the Federal Bar Association

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Postcard: Market Street, Philadelphia

November 17th, 2014 · No Comments

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Card is titled: “Market Street, West. Philadelphia, Pa.”

Printed on back of postcard:

Market Street, West

Center city skyscrapers reflect sunset on ultra modern metropolis.

C-64 Color Photo: Lawrence S. Williams, Inc.

Publishing information:

Art Color Card Distributors – Cherry Hill, N.J. – Phila. Phone MA 7-3773

Mike Roberts, Berkeley 94710

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My South: S is for Signs of the painted variety

November 15th, 2014 · No Comments

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In just a two-block area of Avondale, I spied most of these sights. The painted wall advertisement seems to have had a lively life in this small enclave of old brick buildings. Avondale “Center” had, until the past few years, been populated mainly by used car lots, rundown gas stations and crumbling buildings. Things have been changing at an accelerated pace. The mass of dried and chipping paint around the barber shop sign above is on the side of Saw’s Soul Kitchen, one of a handful of hip new eateries on the Avondale “strip.”

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Pantone postcard (#383)

November 14th, 2014 · No Comments

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My South: W is for Winn-Dixie

November 13th, 2014 · No Comments

When I go to the Winn-Dixie, I like to go through the self-checkout line and choose Spanish instead of English. The lady’s recorded voice speaks very clear and proper Spanish which, somehow, is quite soothing to me (perhaps it’s the California upbringing I had, or just the chili I had for lunch that day). Her voice also seems to be recorded much louder than the English-speaking lady’s. This gets noticed; I don’t mind. Tonight, it was just me, the young black woman standing nearby as an attendant in case someone needed help, and the Spanish-speaking lady inside the box. “QUATTRO DOLLARES Y CINCO CENTAVOS!” and on and on she bellowed, creating a spicy echo across the front of the supermarket. The attendant stood at her post, staring at what she was hearing. “Do you know Spanish?” she asked me when I was through. “Enough,” I answered, then added, “I’m guessing you don’t hear that very often, the Spanish.” “Never,” she said. Meanwhile, the Spanish-speaking lady’s voice was repeating her urgent command for me to remove my items from the bagging area, en espanol y con fuerza. She’s a pushy one, but, you know, in a soothing way.

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Postcard: Hall of States, JFK Center

November 10th, 2014 · No Comments

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Card is untitled on the front.

Printed on back of postcard:

HALL OF STATES. The Hall of States is one of two great halls running through the Center from the Entrance Plaza to the Grand Foyer. In it hang the state flags of the United States.

Publishing information:

Photo: Hans Trebor Assoc.  Printing: Museum Press, Inc.

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