Postmarked June 18, 1956: PIKES PEAK AUTO RACE Here on Labor Day of each year gather the world's best dirt track drivers to test their skill on the 10% grade up the side of Pikes Peak, rising 14,110 feet above sea level.
Courtesy this vintage car dealership postcard comes this fun image of the 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente Convertible. It's the best bargain under the big top!
Antique Memorial Day postcards are among the most evocative piece of vintage ephemera you can collect. With their elegant imagery mixing both patriotism and remembrance of those who died in service of this country, they are almost uniformly somber but almost uplifting at the same time. The postcards on display here mostly date from the first few decades of the 20th century, when the holiday was more often known as Decoration Day. That's due to its roots as a day to decorate the graves of fallen Civil War soldiers. Not coincidentally, these cards are heavy on the Civil War imagery.
In Airline Memories, I share aviation items and curiosities from the long history of commercial flight. You’ll see everything from ephemera to souvenirs and other branded items from various U.S. airlines. If you have a request or anything else to share, leave a comment or contact me directly. Not only is today St. Patrick's Day, but we are just weeks away from the 80th anniversary of the founding of one of the world's most iconic national airlines -- Aer Lingus. So to celebrate both occasions, here is a collection of some cool, vintage Aer Lingus items I've come across. As always, click on any item for a larger version.
Now I understand the reason the Amish have been so successful for so long -- they have intercourse maps. I'll take one of those and, OK, a shoo fly pie too. (Dutch Haven Barn -- Lancaster, Pennsylvania) For more vintage postcards, click here.
Back for more, eh? As the follow-up to my set of World's Fair postcards covering the first half of the 20th century, here is the second half. This set picks up with Expo 58 in Brussels, which marked the first World's Fair held after World War II. Expo 58 (Brussels, Belgium) Century 21 Exposition (Seattle, 1962) (via Drive-In Mike) 1964 New York's World Fair (via The Pie Shops) Expo 67 (Montreal) (via The Pie Shops) HemisFair '68 (San Antonio, Texas) (via zawleski) Expo '70 (Osaka, Japan) (via Duncan Brown) Expo '74 (Spokane, Washington) (via The Pie Shops) Expo '75 (Okinawa, Japan) (via World's Fair Photos) 1982 World's Fair (Knoxville, Tennessee) 1984 Louisiana World Exposition (New Orleans) Expo '85 (Tsukuba, Japan) (via World's Fair Photos) Expo...
Getting to a World's Fair is definitely one of the items on my bucket list. But until I can attend one in person, I guess the next best thing will have to be to look at some vintage World's Fair postcards. The selection I present here spans every officially sanctioned and recognized fair and exposition from the first half of the 20th century. Due to the outbreak of World War II, there were no fairs held between 1941 and 1957. The next part of this overview (to be published later) will pick up with Expo 58 and run through Expo '98. Exposition Universelle (Paris, 1900) (via) Pan-American Exposition (Buffalo, 1901) Louisiana Purchase Exposition (St. Louis, 1904) (via Brenda) Liège International (Belgium, 1905) (via alanp_photo) Milan International (1906) Irish International
Quite a few years ago, I discovered that there was someone out there on the internet who loves old postcards even more than I do. No, not James Lileks, although he clearly does too. I'm talking about my 'net buddy Jordan L. Smith of The Pie Shops. His collection of postcards and vintage ephemera dwarfs mine by a rather large order of magnitude. I've been looking for a way to team with Jordan for some time now, and we actually have a rather exciting project in the works right now. But until that's ready -- and even after it is -- he has graciously agreed to allow his fantastic Cardboard America Tumblr feed to be syndicated on this site. So every once in a while you'll see some of the best vintage postcards the internet has to offer showcased not only on Cardboard America but on this ...
If you've seen the first two sets of vintage New Year's postcards from the former Soviet Union (USSR), then you know the deal by now. With this third set we move into the '70s, so let's get going! As with the first two sets, all card scans courtesy Flickr user katya. Enjoy, and С Новым годом! (Happy New Year!) 1970 1971 1972 (more…)