Saturday, March 24, 2012

"Father is here" - Postcard Messages from Maine

As I've mentioned in previous posts, I don't usually spend too much time reading the backs of postcards.  But I got a copy of Deborah Gould's book in the mail "Father is here.. he's as fat as a pig", and had a good laugh reading this compilation of postcard messages from the early 1900's. It's an interesting view into the day to day lives and travels of people all over Maine.  Reading some of the messages you can't help but imagine some of the writers & recipients.  Some of my favorite quotes:

From Caribou, 1915:
"What's worse than finding a worm in an apple?  Finding half a worm in an apple..."

From Brownville, 1919:
"Theodore and I went fishing Sunday most all the fish had gone to Church."

Accompanying he messages are some photos of the fronts and backs of some cards. Most interestingly there were some coded messages on a few cards.  My uncle collects, and deciphers codes and cipher postcards, so I've sent him a copy of the book to see if he can crack these messages from nearly 100 years ago.  Stay tuned for an update...

If you want to purchase a copy of the book, you can find it on Amazon:

 or the author's site:  http://debgould.com/father.html

Friday, March 16, 2012

Greetings From Coral Gables

In Miami last week - grabbed breakfast at Denny's in Coral Gables and noticed they had quite a few prints from vintage postcards hanging up, most of which I have originals of: Coral Gables Postcards