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The Braden Entertainment with Edison Talking Moving Pictures, ca. 1913 (Back)

The Braden Entertainment with Edison Talking Moving Pictures, ca. 1913 (Back)
See the front of this ticket for more information.

Richland House Hall

Saturday and Monday, 7:30 P.M.

Feb. 22-24.
Added on January 17, 2019

The Braden Entertainment with Edison Talking Moving Pictures, Richland, Pa., ca. 1913

The Braden Entertainment with Edison Talking Moving Pictures, Richland, Pa., ca. 1913
The Nickelodean, a trade magazine for the early film industry, included a state-by-state listing of news "Among the Picture Theaters" in its issue for March 4, 1911. Under the section for Pennsylvania (p. 260), it noted, "A moving picture theater has been…
Added on January 17, 2019

I Nearly Got in Hot Water in Cashtown, Pa.

I Nearly Got in Hot Water in Cashtown, Pa.
An early twentieth-century postcard that could be customized with the name of any city or town.
Added on January  7, 2019

My Wife's Gone to the Country

My Wife's Gone to the Country
An amusing postcard that draws upon the "Oh You Kid!" craze of 1909 for its humor. This card was a bit risqué for its time, suggesting that a husband might fool around with other women while his wife is away. The caption on the card comes from the song, "…
Added on January  7, 2019

Merry Lemony Christmas

Merry Lemony Christmas
An early twentieth-century postcard with a shiny "Merry Christmas" greeting that's actually an attached metal piece.

Why does the women in the illustration have a silly grin on her face and why is she holding a lemon, you ask?

At the time this postcard…
Added on December 25, 2018

Merry Christmas Anyway

Merry Christmas Anyway
The illustration on this Christmas card from 1930 is a reference to the stock market crash that devastated the economy the previous year and signaled the beginning of the Great Depression. We see ticker tape spewing out of a stock ticker machine as broke…
Added on December 25, 2018

Hearty Christmas Wishes

Hearty Christmas Wishes
An early twentieth-century real photo postcard with the solid three-dimensional letters of "Hearty Christmas Wishes" dramatically positioned against a background of snow-covered trees and hills.
Added on December 23, 2018

Christmas Candle Kissing Apple

Christmas Candle Kissing Apple
"Merry Christmas. Love and best wishes, Catharine."

An odd anthropomorphic scene of a burning candle kissing an apple as they hang together as ornaments on a Christmas tree.

This postcard dates to the first decade of the twentieth century.
Added on December 23, 2018

Frederick H. Stowe, Stove Founder and Manufacturer, Troy, N.Y., ca. 1882

Frederick H. Stowe, Stove Founder and Manufacturer, Troy, N.Y., ca. 1882
Frederick H. Stowe is listed as a "stove manufacturer" ("founder" is someone who owns or operates a foundry) in the Troy, New York, city directory for 1882, but the Troy directory for 1883 indicates that he "removed to Albany." After moving, he went into…
Added on December 17, 2018

Santa's Up on the Housetop!

Santa's Up on the Housetop!
Looks like good ol' Santa Claus and his reindeer are up on the housetop with lots of toys for all the girls and boys!

This is a Victorian-era sample of an advertising trade card.

"Christmas Card—Card No. 3. 3 colors."
Added on December 17, 2018

Santa Sends a Wireless Message of Christmas Cheer

Santa Sends a Wireless Message of Christmas Cheer
"Santa sends you a message of Christmas cheer."

Santa Claus always stays up to date with the latest technology. Here he is in the early part of the twentieth century using wireless telegraphy (also called radiotelegraphy) to tap out a Morse code message…
Added on December  9, 2018

Greetings from the Philco Television Convention, Atlantic City, N.J., 1953

Greetings from the Philco Television Convention, Atlantic City, N.J., 1953
"Greetings from the Philco Convention, Atlantic City."

An undated real photo postcard. As far as I can determine, the convention took place in 1953.
Added on December  9, 2018

A Thanksgiving Wish—A Harvest without Measure

A Thanksgiving Wish—A Harvest without Measure
A Thanksgiving greeting card with Art Deco design and color, dating to the late 1920s or early 1930s.

A Thanksgiving Wish

May this Thanksgiving bring to you
A harvest without measure:
Good cheer and joy and friendships true
And every kind of pleasure!
Added on November 22, 2018

Wishing You a Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing You a Happy Thanksgiving
"Wishing You a Happy Thanksgiving. Ellen H. Clapsaddle. Painting only copyrighted by S. Garre, 1909."
Added on November 22, 2018

Best Wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving

Best Wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving
"Best Wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving. Ellen H. Clapsaddle. Painting only copyrighted by S. Garre, 1909."
Added on November 22, 2018

Thanksgiving Greetings from Columbia and Her Turkeys

Thanksgiving Greetings from Columbia and Her Turkeys
A Thanksgiving postcard that shows Columbia—"the personification of the United States"—patting a turkey on the head. It's addressed on the other side to Miss Anna Johnson, Rockaway, New Jersey, Easton Heights. and postmarked Middle Valley, N.J., Nov. 25,…
Added on November 22, 2018

Hallow Eve Party Ticket, Young Men's Society, First Methodist Episcopal Church, Lancaster, Pa.

Hallow Eve Party Ticket, Young Men's Society, First Methodist Episcopal Church, Lancaster, Pa.
A Halloween party ticket, probably dating to the first decade of the twentieth century.

Hallow Eve Party
By the Young Men's Society of 1st M.E. Church, at Iris Club Building, No. 323 North Duke St., Friday, October 30. Tickets, 10 cts. Pluck Print.
Added on October 30, 2018

Halloween—A Witch Out for Mischief

Halloween—A Witch Out for Mischief
Bats, an owl, and a black cat accompany a witch as she rides her broomstick over a snow-covered landscape in this illustration from a postcard dated 1910.

For a similar postcard, see Halloween—Witch and Black Cat on a Broomstick.
Added on October 28, 2018