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Woolen Suitings, Dress Fabrics, Housekeeping Goods! Spangler and Rich, Marietta, Pa.

Woolen Suitings, Dress Fabrics, Housekeeping Goods! Spangler and Rich, Marietta, Pa.
For the front of this advertising trade card, see Spangler and Rich, Dry Goods and Groceries, Marietta, Pa.

Woolen Suitings, Dress Fabrics, Housekeeping Goods!

Choice styles. Satisfactory prices.

An early visit is respectfully solicited from yourself a…
Added on October 15, 2018

Spangler and Rich, Dry Goods and Groceries, Marietta, Pa.

Spangler and Rich, Dry Goods and Groceries, Marietta, Pa.
"Spangler & Rich, dry goods, groceries, Marietta, Pa. Marietta Times Print."

A nineteenth-century advertising trade card for Spangler & Rich's store in Marietta, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. For the other side of this card, see Woolen Suitings, Dress…
Added on October 15, 2018

Halloween—Witch with a Black Cat on a Pumpkin

Halloween—Witch with a Black Cat on a Pumpkin
A Halloween postcard addressed to Mrs. Chas. Studt, Lilly, Pa., and postmarked at Conemaugh, Pa., Oct. 29, 1910.

Handwritten message on back: "Dear Grandmother, I wish you were down to get some taffy & fudge and nuts. I hope you are well and I will be up…
Added on October 13, 2018

Halloween—Witch with Jack-o'-Lantern

Halloween—Witch with Jack-o'-Lantern
A Halloween postcard addressed to Mrs. C. Studt, Lilly, Pa., and postmarked at Conemaugh, Pa., Oct. 31, 1910.

Handwritten message on back: "With love, from Kit."

Printed on back: "Raphael Tuck & Sons' 'Hallowe'en' Series of Post Cards No. 174."

For ano…
Added on October 13, 2018

On Halloween Be Wary and Look About

On Halloween Be Wary and Look About
On Hallowe'en be wary and look about
The gobble-uns will git you ef you don't watch out!

A Halloween postcard illustrated by H. B. Griggs. The lines about the "gobble-uns" are from "Little Orphant Annie" (1885), a poem by James Whitcomb Riley.

For anot…
Added on October  8, 2018

Halloween Greetings—When the Candles Flicker

Halloween Greetings—When the Candles Flicker
A Halloween postcard, circa 1920s.

Hallowe'en Greetings
When the candles flicker
When the wind goes woo-oo
May it mean a fortune
Mighty good for you.
Added on October  8, 2018

Stick to Me and You Will Wear Diamonds, L. M. Arnold, Sand Patch, Pennsylvania

Stick to Me and You Will Wear Diamonds, L. M. Arnold, Sand Patch, Pennsylvania
The last line on this amusing acquaintance card refers to a song, "Any Old Place I Can Hang My Hat Is Home Sweet Home to Me," which was published as sheet music in 1901 and recorded on phonograph cylinder in 1902, making it likely that the card dates from…
Added on September 30, 2018

Getting the Pumpkin Ready for Halloween

Getting the Pumpkin Ready for Halloween
A Halloween postcard illustrated by H. B. Griggs (H.B.G.). For another postcard by Griggs, see May Love Light Your Halloween Lantern!

Addressed on the other side to Miss Edith Yoder, 322 N. Pine St., Lancaster, Pa., and postmarked Portland, Ore., Oct. 27…
Added on September 30, 2018

Mr. E. H. White, Calling Card with Photograph

Mr. E. H. White, Calling Card with Photograph
A Victorian-era calling card for "Mr. E. H. White" along with his photograph, which looks like it may have been copied from a CDV. Anyone recognize the typeface?

For similar cards, see my album of Calling Cards with Photographs.
Added on September 30, 2018

W. R. Cheney, Carriage Builder, Lancaster, Pa.

W. R. Cheney, Carriage Builder, Lancaster, Pa.
"W. R. Cheney, Carriage Builder. Repairing and repainting done promptly. 26 North Christian St., Lancaster, Pa."

William R. Cheney (1859-1932) was a blacksmith and carriage builder in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

For similar business cards from the same job…
Added on September 14, 2018

Greetings from the Grange Encampment and Fair, Centre Hall, Pennsylvania

Greetings from the Grange Encampment and Fair, Centre Hall, Pennsylvania
Postcard addressed on the other side to: "Prof. H. C. Klinger, Liverpool, Pa., R.F.D. #1."

Partial transcription of the message (no year and no postmark): "Sept. 17th, 9 a.m. At Grange Park C. H. in remembrance of the hunting . . . J. J. Jordan."

The…
Added on August 27, 2018

Hankerchief Flirtation Card

Hankerchief Flirtation Card
The notion that men and women could use handkerchiefs to secretly signal their romantic intentions may seem far-fetched, but that's the idea behind this "Handkerchief Flirtation" list.

In fact, using hankies to flirt seems downright dangerous. You might…
Added on July 27, 2018

Spangler and Rich, Dealers in Dry Goods, Marietta, Pennsylvania—Then and Now

Spangler and Rich, Dealers in Dry Goods, Marietta, Pennsylvania—Then and Now
This is a side-by-side comparison of a nineteenth-century advertising card with a Google Street View (from 2011) of the building depicted on the card.

It's quite surprising to discover that the façade of the building, which was a store in the late 1800s…
Added on July 14, 2018

Spangler and Rich, Dealers in Dry Goods, Marietta, Pennsylvania

Spangler and Rich, Dealers in Dry Goods, Marietta, Pennsylvania
A nineteenth-century advertising card for Spangler & Rich, a store in Marietta, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Amazingly enough, the building that housed the store is still standing, and its façade hasn't changed dramatically in over 100 years. A laundr…
Added on July 14, 2018

C. L. Hartz, Dealer in Meats and Cheese, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

C. L. Hartz, Dealer in Meats and Cheese, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
A business card by Pluck Print with an illustration of anthropomorphic pigs by the Philadelphia engraving firm of Crosscup and West.

C. L. Hartz

Dealer in all kinds of first-class smoked meats, such as ham, dried beef, bologna, breakfast bacon, &c

Che…
Added on July 13, 2018

Lancaster, Elizabethtown, and Middletown Turnpike Company Ticket (Rotated)

Lancaster, Elizabethtown, and Middletown Turnpike Company Ticket (Rotated)
For more information, see the original version of the ticket.
Added on July 19, 2018

Lancaster, Elizabethtown, and Middletown Turnpike Company Ticket

Lancaster, Elizabethtown, and Middletown Turnpike Company Ticket
"Lancaster, E., & M. Turnpike Co. The gate keepers must punch the spaces. Gate - 1, 2, 3, 4, 4½ , 5, 6, 7. Horse Team - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. Cattle, Etc."

An unused ticket for the Lancaster, Elizabethtown, and Middletown Turnpike Company, which operat…
Added on July 19, 2018

Berks and Dauphin Turnpike Road Company Ticket

Berks and Dauphin Turnpike Road Company Ticket
The Berks and Dauphin Turnpike Road Company was in existence from 1805 to about 1917 and collected tolls along a road that extended from Berks County through Lebanon County and into Dauphin County in Pennsylvania.

The punches on this ticket indicate tha…
Added on July 19, 2018