Monday, September 29, 2008

Sunset on the Desert 1950 Linen Postcard

For sale is a linen postcard "Sunset on the Desert".

This card is so much prettier than a picture can begin to show - very vibrant and multi-colored scene showing a variety of cacti and other desert plants. The sky is so beautiful on this one!

Postmarked Aug. 3, 1950, Albuquerque, N. M. with a cancelled 1-cent stamp.

Rating: Very good.

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Mention that you read this on my blog and get 20% off the purchase. Click the title above to see the item in the shop.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Paul Newman is dead

This is a sad, sad day. Paul Newman is dead at age 83 from cancer.

My connection with him is this:

Paul was a race car driver. He used to come up to Brainerd, Minnesota, to race in the summer. He rented a condo there. I worked with someone whose parents came in the week Paul was leaving. He told them "I left some stuff in the freezer, and hope you don't mind if I don't throw it out". They said "Sure, no problem!".

Turns out it was totally stocked with hundreds of dollars worth of the choicest cuts of meats. Things they'd never be able to afford! So that whole week they ate very, very well on Paul Newman's steaks.

Paul, pretty blue-eyed Paul, I miss you already. My heart goes out to Joanne Woodward and all the family.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Old Adobe Arches

For sale is a standard/chrome postcard, "Old Adobe Arches, Mission San Juan Capistrano, California".

What I think is lovely about the arches is the way the light breaks into sections as you look through the arches.

This is a very beautiful postcard. To see more details, click on the Title above.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Dog leading dog

Today I let Pickles run over to Skipper's house. She was wearing her collar and leash.

Pickles ran around to the front of Skipper's, and I stood waiting for the two of them to come tearing around the back.

Much to my shock and amazement, here came Skipper with the leash in his mouth pulling a very docile and quite pleased-looking Pickles!

Dog leading dog!

Where's my camera when I need it?

Friday, September 19, 2008

What I won't do for a customer!

Well, today we got an email from a customer asking for a postcard to be express mailed. And, not only did I read the email right way, I actually called the woman.

And we made a very hurried trip to the post office to send the postcard to the lady. See, she's in the postcard. And she's having surgery Monday for Stage 3 Ovarian Cancer.

Well, it just so happens that I was once told I had Ovarian Cancer. I was scheduled to have surgery on July 4th. I went in two days before for a pre-op ultrasound. The tumor had disappeared! The doctor was stunned!

But, I wasn't. I had prayed and asked for healing, so God healed me.

Now, the poor lady who is going to get the postcard tomorrow afternoon at 3 pm is also being prayed for. As well as the wonderful brother and sister-in-law who ordered the postcard to surprise her and make her feel better.

And, yes, they're all being prayed for. If not for healing, at least for Thy will to be done, sweet Lord Jesus!

And what this has to do with business is this: I'll do anything for a customer if it comes from my heart to hers. If God wills it!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Postcard Showing Karl W. Diefenbach Exhibition in Capri Early 1900's

For sale on eBay is an early 20th century postcard, "Diefenbach-Asstellung auf Capri", which means "Diefenbach Exhibition in Capri".
Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach moved to Capri from Vienna.

On the back is written "Dokumente des Vegetarismus".

From a dedicated collector's album, the card has been stored archivally. Some pencil writing on back. Rating: Very Good.

We will be listing other Diefenbach art in the coming days and weeks.

Click on Title (above) to see more details about this unique, one-of-a-kind postcard.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

How valuable is email to you?

I was recently asked by CafeMSN to answer some questions about email, and thought I'd add it to the blog. (Click the Title (above) to read more about the Buddy Program.)

Here was the first question and my answers to it and other questions:

Each of us use, experience and expect different things from an email service. In what ways does an email service you use such as Windows Live Hotmail, Gmail or Yahoo Mail, help you get things done in your day to day life? Can you please reflect on it in your own words?

"An email service enables me to work from home. I could not accomplish my eBay or Etsy selling without email. I check it first thing in the morning and last thing at night.
My life is much easier because of having an email service. I cannot imagine having to go back to telephone and USPS mail to do business. I cannot imagine having an online business without also having email.
The service I consistently use is the obvious - getting notifications from eBay, Paypal and Etsy about transactions and payments. I also like having a calendar associated with the email account. I use this to track payments due and for scheduling and remembering general life events. I like the combination of email and IM, so my IM plays a tune when I get an email."

Monday, September 15, 2008

Cold Lovers Le Froid

From the Musee du Luxembourg is a picture postcard showing Paul Roger-Bloche's "Le Froid", which is a bronze statue showing a pair of shivering lovers embracing to keep warm.

The back of card is in written in French. This is a bromide real photo postcard. The edges are browning and the card has a shine to it.

I don't really know the age of the card, but it is early twentieth century at the latest.

Rating: Good

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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Mushrooms Everywhere!

They're taking over. We've gotten so much rain, and we live under all these trees, so they're to be expected. I love the variety and colors. The squirrels eat them, and haven't keeled over yet, so I guess I could, too. But I won't...just in case.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

1908 Vs 2008


The average life expectancy was 47 years.

Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.

Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.

There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles
of paved roads.

The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower!

The average wage in 1908 was 22 cents per hour.

The average worker made between $200 and $400 per year

A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year, A dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.

More than 95 percent of all births took place at HOME .

Ninety percent of all doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION!
Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press AND the government as 'substandard. '

Sugar cost four cents a pound.

Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.

Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.

Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.

Sunday School Childrens' Day Announcement Card Early 20th Century

For sale is a postally used undivided back early 20th century postcard announcing that "Next Sunday will be celebrated in our Sunday School as Children's Day".

Postmarked Jun 11, 1915 with a cancelled 1-cent stamp, but the card was made pre-1907 as an undivided back postcard.

Rating: Very Good condition, especially considering the age!

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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Beautiful Discovery Bay in Washington

I just listed for sale a linen postcard "Sunset on Discovery Bay, Washington".

Great sweeping vista of color in the sunset and the reflections on the lake!

Makes you want to jump in and take a swim.

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Sunday, September 7, 2008

How Old is That Postcard? Leo's Rules

This is a very basic guide to give some simple pointers to help determine the age of standard sized (3.5 inch X 5.5 inch) postcards. While it may not always be possible to determine the exact age of a card, you can usually come up with an accurate estimate.

The first step is to determine the type of card you have: chrome, linen, white border, early 20th century or Real Photo Postcard (RPPC).

Chromes were usually made from glossy color photographs, and typically range from the 1950s-1970s. They don't all fall into this date range, I've seen them as early as 1939 & as late as the 1990s. But the vast majority are from the decades of the 1950s, 60s & 70s.

Linen cards were produced from about 1933 to the early 1950s. These cards are printed on rough card stock with a linen texture.

White border cards were produced from around 1919 to 1932, generally have low contrast pale colors, which do not go all the way to the edge. This leaves a white border around the picture.

Early 20th century cards are cards produced before 1919.

RPPC are frequently (tho not always) one of a kind photographs with a postcard back. Many are from the early 20th century, but they can be recent. When I think of an RPPC, I'm usually thinking of a card that is not mass produced. The era the cards are from can usually be determined by the stamp box on back (AZO, EKC, etc). There are too many types & variations to list here, but you should be able to find them easily by doing an online search.

Other common sense things you can look for:

Before 1907, postcards had undivided backs. By law, you could only write the address on the back, any messages had to be written on the picture side. (I think this changed after March 1, 1907)

If an address (such as distributor or publisher) has a two digit city code (such as New York 16, NY), you can date the card to between 1943 & 1963.

If an address has a zip code, it dates 1963 or later

If an address has a zip code + 4, it dates to 1983 or later

Phone numbers can give a clue. Something like HUdson 2-5555 is an old number, probably dating to the 1960s at the latest.

If a phone number is 4 digits or less, its quite old

If a card has a postmark, it was obviously created sometime before the cancellation date. However, cards can be mailed years or decades after they were created.

If the card has a stamp box that says "Place 1 cent stamp here", it was created before Jan 1, 1952. Rates were permanently raised to 2 cents on that date.

If the stamp box says "1 cent USA, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, 2 cents foreign", it's probably early 20th century.

If an address has a non-standard state abbreviation, such as S. Dak for South Dakota, it's generally older.

Sometimes cards have a copyright date.

You can estimate dates by clothing styles, cars, city skylines, street scenes, signs and many other things

Some times captions will give dates.

Many cards have catalog numbers on them, if you can get the manufacturers catalog information, you can find out exactly when it was created.

This is very basic, but hopefully it gives you an idea of some things to look for when trying to figure out how old a postcard is.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Patti's Sunsets for Sale

I know it is the height of ego to call them "my sunsets". But, I did capture them with my camera, edit them carefully, get them professionally printed, catalog and list them.

So, click on the title above and go to my store and buy one! I've finally, tentatively, started listing them on Etsy. I'm so afraid none will sell. Well, if they don't, I'll have to start buying lots and lots of frames and enjoying them on my own walls.

Leo and I are charmed to live in a beautiful setting. During the winter especially, when the leaves are down, we see spectacular sunsets. Now, I'm a sunset aficianado. I've studied them for years in the midwest, southwest, northeast, the South. I think the ones we get here in Valdese, N. C. out our living room windows are as breathtaking as any I've seen anywhere.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

The passing of an Antique's Icon - Ralph Kovel

Ralph Kovel died last Thursday at the age of 88. He and his wife, Terry, published almost 100 books on antiques over the years. They have a very successful website and a free weekly ezine that I enjoy, too.

For years, the Kovel's guides have set the standard for many antiquers for pricing and knowledge about the various objects we find.

Ralph will be very much missed by the community.

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Monday, September 1, 2008

Labor on Labor Day

I was thinking about what Labor Day means to me. Then I wondered what it meant to my parents, then to my grandparents. Here is a picture of Mom and Pop Stine, my Mom's parents.

Right now, my labor is about the same as it's been the last two years. After we got up this morning, we did about four hours of work on our eBay and Etsy stores. Then, during the day, we check now and then for sold items. Leo does the packaging and feedback. I'll help with relists.

My biggest labor is taking care of the crazy hound dog that has chosen to live with us. Plus, I cook and clean and do laundry - mundane kinds of things.

Pop Stine (William Arthur) was the oldest of 11 children. He and my Grandma (nee Huffman) also had 11 children. As family legend has it, Pop Stine missed 2 days work out of 50 years working for a furniture company in downtown Hickory, N. C. Those two days were for the funeral of his beloved wife, Maude.

Other than that, he worked every day. Now what makes this more remarkable is that he also kept up a 20-plus acre farm.

Now what makes all that remarkable is - he never owned a gas-powered vehicle. That's right - no car, no tractor - he even used a push mower.

Plus, he walked to work every day. Six miles one way. In rain or shine.

When they were young kids, the family rode to church in a fringe-bedecked surrey pulled by one horse. When I was growing up, Pop had two large draft horses who did his plowing.

Pop Stine knew the value of labor and what a relief Labor Day was - but it was a unpaid holiday, if his company bothered to keep it. Something to think about!