Friday, August 6, 2010

Vintage (but new to me)

I found these linen postcards, to add to my collection, at a great old junk store recently.

The back of the card reads: "This old home, built by Judge William S. Mudd in 1842, is one of the last links of the present generation with the people and the time and the life which gave birth to our Community. Arlington stood white and resplendent before Birmingham was even a dream."

Arlington Antebellum Home today.

This one says, "Dexter Avenue is the main business street of the city. (Montgomery) The fountain in the center of the square was erected in 1886. It was on exhibition at the Atlanta Exposition and the purchase price was seven thousand dollars. The State Capitol shown in the distance was the first Capitol of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis being inaugurated President on the steps of this building. "

Present day photo of Dexter Avenue.

This Beaux Arts style home served as the Governor's Mansion, from 1911 to 1951. Sadly, this beautiful home was demolished in 1963 to make way for the interstate to be built.

This mansion on Perry Street has been home to Alabama governors since 1951.

This next card seems to have been published around 1950 and is not linen.


The back of it states,
" Nickname--Cotton State 1950 Population--3,061,743 Area in Sq. Miles--51,998
Entered the Union, Dec. 14, 1819"


Besides finding cards to add to my collection, which was great, was the fact that they were only a buck each. That's a bargain in my book!

21 comments:

  1. I love postcards, and these are so full of history. Hope you have a great weekend! :-)

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  2. what beautiful finds - especially at $1

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  3. I too look for postcards that cost a buck or even less.
    Judy

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  4. I love seeing the VAST variety!

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  5. I love the fact that the present day photos look quite the same as they did so long ago. Very nice post!

    Di

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  6. I think you hit the jackpot. I will keep my eyes peeled for any linen cards.

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  7. Thanks for the little tour around the fine state of Alabama! Some buildings do stand the test of time, including a hurricane or two I imagine. The new govenor's mansion looks rather nice. Nice postcards!
    denise

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  8. Great find. and so inexpensively. I love the home that was torn down for a interstate, why can't they put interstates someplace else.

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  9. That is great idea, love your comparison of old postcards and the actual places today.;))
    Have a lovely Saturday,
    xo

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  10. I've been through Montgomery, but have never seen how beautiful it is! I think I must visit someday!

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  11. Thye are all interesting post cards, Stevie. I love the feel of the vintage linen ones. Whenever I visit a new state I always try ot look for a post card like the last one you showed that gives facts about the state. Someday I hope to have a collection of all 50states!

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  12. loveee these! anything vintage makes me swoon.

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  13. What a great find Stevie. They are really wonderful cards and for just $1 each - what a bargain! I love your comparison with today, this always fascinates me.

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  14. Oh, I can't believe the interstate ate that gorgeous old governor's mansion!!

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  15. These are such beautiful cards. I love the old antebellum architecture. In my youth, I would see so much more of it, driving between Atlanta and Columbus and from Columbus to New Orleans to nursing school. In those days, the interstate was only complete from outside Montgomery to Mobile which was kind of nice....I loved the homes along the Gulf coast through Biloxi and Gulfport. There were beautiful homes on the drive to Atlanta as well, little towns that the freeway now bypasses. Of course, with my mother no longer in Columbus, I will probably never return there again.

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  16. Oooh...lovely! Those buildings certainly have that gorgeous southern style to them! I've never heard of linen postcards, either!

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  17. These are very good quality photos considering the pictures are on linen Steviewren. Interesting selection too. I enjoyed seeing them. - Dave

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  18. These cards provide a pleasant, nostalgic window to the past.

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  19. Wonderful post ... eons ago one of the newspapers here (either Daily News or NY Post) ran a series of then and now .. awesome memories

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  20. I used to collect postcards of places that I visited. In Mom's personal effects I found some old postcards. It is interesting to see how places have changed over time. I enjoyed looking at your postcards and seeing the present-day look of the attraction shown in postcard.

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  21. Oooooh lurve the first home, wow what a beauty that is!

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