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.
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!
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!