A terrific set of cigarette cards depicting a flight from London to Amsterdam in the early days of commercial air travel. The images (each "from an official photograph supplied by Imperial Airways") are accompanied by text detailing "our" flight, from check-in and take-off, to views over the Channel, France, and Brussels (where we land for lunch), to the final landing in Amsterdam.
A website of photos of prairie towns has suddenly gone viral, and the man behind the website has no idea what happened. Glen Lundeen has been quietly categorizing and posting old postcards and photos of towns and cities in Saskatchewan and Alberta for a few years now. His hobby used to get a handful of clicks per day. But suddenly on Sunday, he got 80,000. He's not on Facebook, but as far as he can tell, someone must have posted a link to his website there. And the rest is history.
A collection of weird and wonderful postcards dating back to 1900 show the Victorians were not far off in predicting the future of travel in the 21st century. While most of the ideas remain totally unachievable in the modern world, some of the concepts are not dissimilar to the lives we lead today. The moving pavement is one that we can credit the Victorians for - just about every airport now has travelators, and even a break to the North Pole isn't too far from reality, as more and more people begin to venture further afield for a more adventurous holiday.
These hand-tinted Japanese postcards are part of a new exhibit on the history of tourism in Asia at the Smithsonian’s Sackler Gallery, titled “The Traveler’s Eye.” The postcards, produced in the early twentieth century as Western visits to Japan increased in volume, show off the skills of Japan’s photo colorists.
“Cheer up, it will soon be over” were the words scrawled on a postcard sent to a house in Lochee in 1918. It was a message that must have been written on thousands of letters sent during the First World War but, in this case, the author George Finlayson was absolutely correct. It was sent on November 11, the very day the guns fell silent on the Western Front.
The 25th annual York Pennsylvania International Postcard Expo will be held Friday and Saturday at the Horticultural Hall at the York Expo Center. Dealers from 35 states as well as international dealers from a dozen countries, including Belgium, Canada, France and Holland, will be on hand with collections coming from all over the world. Collectors can browse, buy and even have their postcard collections appraised this year. The show is recognized as the largest antique postcard show in the United States, according to Mary Martin, whose postcard shop Mary Martin Ltd. has been the show's longtime host.
Post card collectors and vendors from all over Virginia, the United States and, this year, a collector from Australia attended. The show took place at John Tyler Community College and by 10 o’clock on Friday morning the Nicholas Center was busy with patrons looking for the cards that would fit their collections. Vendors numbering 26 were happy to educate and satisfy a collector’s hobby.