2.13.2013

AN OLD-FASHIONED LOVE STORY

I think we've often said we "like old things" ... in our foyer hangs a framed memory which is somewhat unusual and distinctive.  Though the frame is fairly new, the memories inside are old, dating to the early 1900's. 
This is a collection of 47 leather postcards ~ the earliest legible date is 1905.
In those early years of the 20th century a gentleman courted (VBP) my grandmother who lived in LaFargeville, New York.  The only postmark that is partly distinguishable suggests he may have lived in the village of Carthage ~ both towns upstate near the Thousand Islands and St. Lawrence River.  He faithfully sent these cards to her, always a brief note on the back, sometimes a touch-of-wit written on the front.
Now, Grandma Myra did not go down the aisle with this man ~ choosing instead my Grandfather.  Yet, she must have been quite smitten (VBP) with him ~ saving all his postcards and lovingly stitching them together ... and here they are, over 100 years later, memories of an old-fashioned love story.
The collection is framed in an equally distinctive manner.  When I decided to frame the collection several years ago, I wanted to have both the front and the back  in preservation glass.  The piece can  only be displayed one way, however, this framing allows the backs of all the cards, along with notes, postmarks, and addresses to be viewed.  Many postage stamps remain, though some apparently fell off over the years. Below, close-ups of two of the cards and their flip side ... long before the days of zip codes, nine digit zips, or even street addresses!  The mailing side shows how Grandma stitched the cards together.  Oh, and the stamps ~ just one penny, if you please!

15 comments:

  1. Wow, how sweet! And how interesting that she saved them even though she married someone else! But they are really cool, so I couldn't see tossing them out either!

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  2. That is so beautiful and what a wonderful memory to have. Leather postcards we have never seen before. A real heirloom to pass on for sure.. Hugs GJ xx

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  3. What a wonderful display and how wonderful they were saved although they never married.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

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  4. What an incredible treasure! So interesting. I have a small collection of postcards and there is a leather one in the group. I didn't realize that they were a trend.

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  5. Those are so amazing! Glad she saved them.

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  6. What an interesting collection! They look lovely stitched together and framed.

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  7. Wow, what great post cards. That is really something and what a great story. We enjoyed that a lot.

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  8. Wow, these are so sweet, unique and special=what a wonderful keepsake!...xoxo...J, Calle, Halle, Sukki

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  9. I collect old Florida postcards and have many from the 1950's...They tell so many interesting stories...The most unusual ones I have are three balsa wood postcards that my Dad sent while he was in basic training for the army in WWII...I have never seen leather ones and think your collection is wonderful!

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  10. What sweet memories and such a treasure! Makes you wonder what happened to such a romantic gentleman!

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  11. That is so neat and the most wonderful collection ever!
    Harry, Dexter and Tipp

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  12. Oh Miss Ann! What a fantastic memory! A love story for all time. Thank you for sharing this treasure with us and especially for doing so as your first hook up with our VBP blog hop! You are truly one of a kind Miss Ann. Paw hugs and nurse bumps to Maggy and Zooey, Savvy

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  13. What an amazing thing to have! I have my mother's air mail letters from her boyfriend during WWII, on that thin and fragile paper...she did not marry him either, but they are dear to me.

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  14. What lovely memories and a very special collection!
    Purrs

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  15. Those are beautiful! Great memories too I'm sure. Stopping by from the VBP blog hop :)

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