The colonial American traditions of Hallowe’en centered on
celebrations of the harvest, fortune-telling, and even matchmaking.
Later immigrants brought new layers of customs and practices, including
the jack-o-lantern that is perhaps today’s best-known symbol of the
American holiday. By the 1890s the growing print media publicized
Hallowe’en from its pockets of regional variation across the country,
making it a truly national affair. Over time, the holiday became a
community observance of eerie fun for all ages.
WATERLOO — More than a million vintage postcards will be on
display and available for purchase at the Western New York Postcard
Club’s 37th Annual Postcard Show & Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday
at the Magee Fire Department, which is just off Exit 41 of the NYS
Thruway. Dealers from Buffalo to Connecticut will display more than one
million postcards, mostly from the early 1900s. Postcard collecting is a
popular hobby and a great way to learn about history, especially on a
very local basis.
Although we’ve been in a drought the last few years, Austin is no
stranger to crazy flash floods. Over the last hundred years, Austin has
seen bridges, dams, and houses washed away in the blink of an eye. And
have you ever heard of a whole house being pushed over a flooding dam? Proof of our past perilous precipitation can be seen in these postcards and photos from the last 100 years.
Paul and James Tedesco were at a postcard convention in 2006 when they
decided to tell the history of the towns in Norfolk County through
postcards. It all started when they read a note from a woman to a man on the back
of a Weymouth postcard, reminding him that she had a wonderful time at
the dance. The result is “Postcard History of Norfolk County, Massachusetts,” a
hardcover book with 416 pages and more than 400 illustrations, many of
which are in color. It highlights the 28 towns and cities within the
county through vintage postcards and town seals.
Picture postcards caught on around 1905 and there are about a thousand
local ones taken by a number of photographers. One of the most prolific
here was Ed Herbener, of Newark, Del. He produced his product using the
“Best Series Real Photos” for branding. In 1910, the Newark Post
described him as one of the pioneers in the postcard industry. Just
before World War I, he moved to the Washington, D.C. area, where he
continued his work.
The collection of photographs and postcards depicting local landmarks
and public occasions dates to the 1880s and many of the images are rare
and previously unseen. The exhibition, which will run until March 29 2014, was made possible by
the Friends of Braintree Museum, who purchased the collection.
“Ashland,” the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s Postcard
History Series, features more than 200 vintage images and postcards. The book by local author Christine Hickman Box is scheduled for release Oct. 7.