Category Archives: History

Pony Express Google Doodle

Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the 155th anniversary of the Pony Express.  It features a game that lets you be a Pony Express rider, picking up letters, switching horses, and avoiding the treacherous obstacles that faced these riders as they traveled … Continue reading

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Edinburgh, Scotland

I just returned from a trip to the U.K.  I visited London, England and Edinburgh, Scotland.  While in Edinburgh, I stayed on the Royal Mile–a stretch of cobblestone street between the Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse (the official … Continue reading

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My Childhood Post Office Closed

My childhood post office, a nondescript, cinder-block building on the side of Route 16 in Orma, WV, was shuttered on November 20, 2013 after 108 years of operation.   My parents–knowing my love for all things postal–were thoughtful enough to … Continue reading

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I love calligraphy.  The pens and inks and alphabets.  I aspire to one day be proficient at it myself.  But until then, I admire those who practice the art. I read this Wall Streen Journal article a while back about calligrapher … Continue reading

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J.D. Salinger’s Letters to a Lady

(image from NYTimes) Check out this New York Times article about Salinger’s letters to a Toronto woman years before Catcher in the Rye.  The woman he wrote to is still alive and 95 years old. As we document every moment … Continue reading

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Happy Easter!

Thanks to my mother-in-law for sending me this lovely postcard postmarked in 1923! Happy Spring!

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Mr. Zip

(image from Beyond the Perf) Beyond the Perf has a great little post about Mr. Zip–the icon of a speedy mail man who educated 1960s America about the use of the new ZIP code system. Mr. Zip is making an … Continue reading

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First Day Cover Advertising

A friend of mine recently showed me some of her grandfather’s stamp collection.  He had some great First-Day Covers (FDCs) from the 1960s.  Here are a couple of the beauties: The interesting part about these FDCs is that they came through the … Continue reading

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Artists and Salespeople

My dad gave me his favorite magazine from his childhood–an issue of The Leather Craftsman dated September/October 1959.  He always loved the image on the cover and the accompanying story that someone had written from the perspective of the cougar. … Continue reading

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1910 Postcards Predict the Future

My Dad sent me a great link to 1910 postcards featuring illustrations by French artist Villemard.  They depict how he imagined Paris in the year 2000. Some of his predictions were spot on (audiobooks, Skype, and email) but others are laughable … Continue reading

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