Monday, December 19, 2011

Snow on my jacket

Richard's Christmas-time school work circa late 1950s.

There is snow on my jacket
There is snow no my shoe
Ther is snow on everyihing
I like it; Don't you? Richard

Monday, December 5, 2011

What’s a Dolly Duzit?

Here's a 1950s church annual financial report. Through the wonders of the Internet, I have learned that Dolly Duzits are scrubbers for dirty pots and pans.

The More You Know...

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

About that torture

Hi [boy's name] did you know
what magic Johnson
did well he made
the miller company Donate 6000
Big ones for the united
negro college fund. and
about that torture
i'm ready for you
and grandma said
don't talk about
her Boyfriend
From [boy's name]

happy valentine

Monday, November 28, 2011

Mount Rainier 1929

Mother 1929 Mt. Rainier Aug 6 1929.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Little neighbor Nita

Little neighbor Nita, Wenatchee, Cashmere St. '38.
Written in pen on the front margin is Nita and 40.

If you know what became of Nita ( Anita? Juanita? ), a toddler girl who lived on Cashmere Street in Wenatchee, Washington in the late-1930s or early-1940s, I would love to hear from you at She would be around 75 years old in 2011.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Return to Sender

No letter enclosed in this envelope postmarked 1951.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

A goofy one

A goofy one

This is the ex-
coed. "Tubby"
whom you
may have
heard of in
various escapades
Jee's tennis "pro"

Tubby < Helene Tuebner

Monday, October 31, 2011

Our pretty little bunny rabbit

Janine - 2 yrs +
Halloween - 1965

Monday, October 24, 2011

Why is she crying?

She cries cause she's lost and doesn't know what she wants.

From a spiral notebook of drawings (mostly anime-manga) by unknown artist.

Monday, October 17, 2011

 ‘A mighty woman with a torch’

Miss Liberty 1919

Monday, October 10, 2011

Itchy Richard

Dear Barb

Itchy Richard made my head itch. I rilly liked it. It was relly funy. But I do not ander stand it. Why Richard has the nit in Richard head on the caver.

Dear Alli,

When I look closely at the picture, I see a white spot in Richard's hair, too. But he didn't have lice! Maybe it's a mistake from the illustrator. A nit is so small, it would be harder to see than the white dot on the cover.

It was a funny book, but I also learned a lot about lice! We know here at Island School that teasing people about having lice is not such a good idea. The lice could be on your head next.

Love, Barb

[Unfortunately, I'm not sure which Itchy Richard cover design Alli refers to, as there are several. I didn't see a white spot in Richard's hair on either of them, at least visible online.]

Monday, October 3, 2011

Judy and the grasshopper

May 24 - '30.
Judy & a toy grasshopper
Back lawn
Small walk

Monday, September 26, 2011

Hug? Yes!

Drawn by a kindergarten student to illustrate the class rule: "Ask before you touch or hug someone."

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Rather creepy double-exposure or baby chimney sweep?

Monday, September 19, 2011

1920s Picture Day

2nd Grade at Tumwater School. Miss Stoehr. Billy Ritzenthaler. Age 8. I'm guessing 1920s.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

English 8

My spelling test from 1974, St Alphonsus School, Seattle. It is important that every teen learn to spell "blackjack" correctly.

Monday, September 12, 2011

It’s mess time

Vintage (almost antique) postcard addressed to Marshall Kinsey of Gainesville, Georgia. Let's see how my deciphering skills are this morning. Not sure if the year is correct.

Sun. Feb. 15 1921 Hello Sis. How are you and Mark. doing fine I hope. I am doing OK. I thank you all for the valentine. I forgot all about valentine day. Tell Mark to tell all the work hands hello for me & Ray too. I will close for this time. Thomas. Co. D. 8th TNG. BN. Camp Wheeler, Ga.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Jean-Robert Arnaud

This is a vintage 1940s original pencil sketch by artist J. L. Capdeville (Jean Capdeville?) of French gallery owner Jean-Robert Arnaud. This drawing was found at a flea market in the Seattle area along with photos of (and apparently by) artist John-Franklin Koenig, who was Arnaud's partner according to Internet research. Arnaud and Koenig started the art review Cimaise and opened the Galerie Arnaud.

Monday, August 29, 2011

I love you

From my daughter Amanda to her younger sister, nothing says "I love you" like a freaky three-headed creature. Undated, but I'm guessing circa 1995.

Monday, August 22, 2011

What’s with the ghost?

My daughter Susanna drew this picture of herself, her brother and sister... and a ghost?? No date, but I'm guessing she was six or seven at the time.

Friday, August 19, 2011

A visit with Cardinal Ursi

Mrs. McMann and Cardinal Corrado Ursi, Archbishop of Naples, Italy, 1968.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


This 1914 envelope made quite the journey: North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana and Iowa. No letter was enclosed when I found it.

Monday, August 8, 2011

For I love a parade

Los Angeles County parade float from the 1950s. Dec 1955 is printed on the front but the back reads Jan 1 '56.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

If you go to hell

Inscription from Dottie Lou in Dee's vintage 1944 yearbook from Chrisman High School in Independence, Missouri.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Shouldn’t be long now

V-Mail dated July 9, 1945 to Mrs. Allison of Caldwell, Idaho from her son Jim of the 32nd Special Service Company of IX Engineer Command. Victory Mail was a way of microfilming US soldiers' mail to save on shipping costs during World War II.

Friday, July 22, 2011

The Wedding Feast

Thelma Overstreet's Sunday School lesson card from Sarcoxie, Missouri, August 23, 1914.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Advice to young girls about to be married

Antique 1912 postcard addressed to Miss Zella Robinson of Trossachs, Saskatchwan.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Nobody loves me

Monday, July 11, 2011

You’re an old hag

Note to Bonnie from Irene in a 1944 Broadway High School yearbook. Broadway High School was located on Capitol Hill in Seattle, Washington. This is the second vintage yearbook inscription I've posted mentioning a career in waste management.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Where the cute fellows live

Antique 1912 postcard from Pearl Cotton in Winnebago, Minnesota to Miss Gertrude Evarts of North Yakima, Washington.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Everett S, Dick E and Norman

Maybe Lawton, Iowa, circa late-1940s.

Monday, June 27, 2011

A thank you card from Mrs. Geisler

Jean was a student at Whitman College during the 1940s.