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AIRCRAFT MECHANIC. "2137 Aeroplane Mechanicians. / WILBUR WRIGHT FIELD, Fairfield,
Ohio" black & white, mailed 1918 at Dayton Ohio, toned both sides, long crease,
partial cancel on front, as is. The earliest aircraft mechanic postcard we have ever seen.
ALLIGATOR WRESTLERS. "JUNGLE QUEEN--CIRCULAR JUNGLE & EVERGLADES CRUISE / ALLIGATOR WRESTLING / INDIAN TRADING POST / BAHIA MAR YACHT BASIN, FORT LAUDERDALE BEACH, FLA." chrome multiview post card mailed 1970, advertisement gives ship particulars (times, phone, sites visited, etc.), good edges. $3.50 f(f)s(c)pi(s)m
ALLIGATOR WRESTLERS. Wanted to buy--alligator wrestlers working in Florida. Please offer us some, priced in US dollars or Euros! *c
ARTIST. LA PANNE. "La Panne Un peintre au travail" sepia-tone showing a painter rendering a beach scene, from Ern Thill booklet, Série 9 no. 4, very late usage in the United States, small ink smear on back, good edges. $6.00 bp
BAKERS. "Native Backery(sic), Nassau, Bahamas" post card published by W. R. Saunders & I. O. Sands photographers (their number 36), very light spotty toning on back, tiny upper corner crease. $6.00 bfp NEW / NUEVO / NEU
BANK CLERKS. "CRÉDIT LYONNAIS / Paris / CONSERVATION DES TITRES / BOND DEPOSIT DEPARTMENT" unused black & white carte postale, published by E. Le Deley, good edges, slight yellowing of the paper with age. $20.00 f(p)ip. Same, but a slightly darker printing & a few speckles of printing ink on back. $19.00 f(p)ip
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BASKET-MAKERS. "Smyrne -- Ouvriers de Paniers" showing 2 Turkish basket-makers working outside, color, unused, water stain runs along top edge. Postcard sold. Still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size & enhanced 72-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.50 tp!
BASKET SELLER. "... MERCANDO CANASTAS" showing a basket vendor with customers, real photo postcard with very late usage at Paguate New Mexico, one corner with 2 small bends, small spot of light toning at the top of the back. Beginning of the caption is not clear. $4.00 m(g)p
BASKET SELLER. "'MERCANDO CANASTAS' MEXICO." showing a basket vendor with several customers, real photo post card with slight oxidation of the glossy finish, toned back edges, minor corner wear, slight curl to the paper. $3.50 m(g)p
BASKET SELLER. "15---Typical Mexican Basket Seller" carrying his wares on the street, color post card mailed in the US circa 1908, tear from top not into image, light toning both sides, mild corner rounding. $4.00 m(g)p
BASKET WEAVERS. "562--Weaver of Baskets, Cherokee Indian Reservation, Chrokee, N. C. / PHOTO BY CARLOS CAMPBELL" linen from Harry N. Martin, unused, small corner crease, small corner bend, minor corner wear. $2.00 ip
BASKET WEAVERS. "Basket Weavers wear / high-crowned straws / Charlotte Amalie, / Virgin Islands" well done home-made (and, hence, unique) postcard mailed 1961 from Kingshill St. Croix. Nice! $2.50
BASKET WEAVER. "Fabricante de Canastas / Uruapan, Mich.-193" caption a little hard to read in spots, shows an old man making baskets, unused, pinhole at top center. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (almost 2x original postcard area) 100-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.50 (mp)
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BATIK TULIS MAKER. "BATIK SEMAR / SOLO - INDONESIA / 8A2ITU" Yogyakarta QSL viewcard showing a batik tulis maker applying melted wax, special prefix call to commemorate the 20th World Telecommunication Day below; dates to 16-20 May 1988, small upper corner crease. The batiks of Solo, also known as Sala or Surakarta, are known for their use of sogan (dark yellow color). Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 ip(b)
BEAD VENDORS. "GREETINGS FROM / GHANA" showing the Koforidua Market, the biggest beads market in the country; unused multiview postcard that is slightly larger in width than continental size, 2 tiny pushpin holes at top corners, small upper corner bend, small scrape & toned back. Shown. $1.50 gp. Same without pushpin holes. $1.75 gp
BEAD VENDORS. "Indians selling bead work, Yuma, Arizona." postcard with 2 pencilled numbers on back, also a light rubber band mark & small thin on back. Likely these are Cocopah Tribe members, known for their museum-quality bead work. Back reference: 'On the Road of a Thousand Wonders' referring to a route of the Southern Pacific railroad. $4.75 a(y)i(c)p
BEE KEEPERS. Please see Apiculture post cards.
BEGGARS. "121 Mendiant arabe" showing a seated beggar man with a long stick, sepia-tone on brownish paper from L. & L., toned back, good edges. $20.00 ap
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BEGGARS. "No. 45 Constantinople. Mendiants devant la porte / de la Mosquée Suleïmanié." Showing Turkish beggars, color postcard on undivided back, numbered 4416 on back, unused, good edges, fresh appearance. $10.00 tp Tiny spot of toning on back edge & small area of toning near one front corner, otherwise fresh. $9.00 tp
BELLMAN & CABBY. "'Am Potsdamer Platz' Dienstmann. Droschkenkutscher. / No. 626. D. R. G. M. s. Neuheiten Vertrieb Novitas, Berlin S. 42" showing cabby & bellman outside a hotel, sepia-tone with red caption, undivided back, unused, good edges. $25.00 gtp
BLACKSMITH. "Mountain Park, Okla. has a / blacksmith - Oscar McGee" unattributed art depicting him at work, well done home-made (and, hence, unique) postcard mailed 1956 from Roosevelt. Nice! $2.50 op
BLACKSMITH. "Pioneer Arizona, a living-history museum on Interstate / 17, just north of Pheonix. The Blacksmith's trade carries / back over 4000 years" with good action on an unused chrome. $1.25 ap
BLACKSMITH. "C. P. KLEIN" unused & uncaptioned (so we used the most prominent sign) Azo (triangles up) sepia-tone real photo postcard with good edges. Pictorial signage includes anvil, horseshoe & saw. Man holds 2 horses in the large entrance. Sign over the horses reads 'WOODWORK / FILING & GUMMING', the latter involves skillful grinding of saw teeth gullets to a desired shape. Small sign at right '... SHARPENED HERE'. $20.00 h(u)p NEW / NOV / NY
BUTCHERS. "Greetings from BROOME" showing a work scene at a New South Wales meat works, unused chrome. Post card sold. Still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size & enhanced 72-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.50 (npf)
BUTCHERS. "... No. 83. / Chinese Manners" showing a butcher offering meat outdoors to a prospective customer, start of caption in Chinese characters; unused black & white Postkarte with blue caption & unevenly divided back (circa 1907 - 1908), back paper browning lightly & evenly with age. In its rare series, the word 'manners' should not be interpreted as referring to etiquette; instead, it means 'ways or manners of doing things'. $20.00 cpf
BUTTER SELLER. "Middelburg - Botermarkt." showing a butter market in open air, sepia-tone briefkaart with very late usage with very late usage at Ryderwood Washington (one of its cancels has the time upside-down, the other has it corrected). One bottom corner multiply creased, all corners soft with wear, very light toning in the upper front margin. $10.00 npf
CABBAGE SELLER. "96 EGYPTIAN TYPES AND SCENES. -- Cabbage Seller. -- LL." showing a man with his loaded donkey, caption in French on the back is less specific (just indicates vegetables), postcard with tiny corner creases, light speckles of toning on the back, front color is fresh & appealing. $8.50 ep
CAB DRIVER / CABBIE. "Dresden. Hôtel Kaiser Wilhelm. / (Inh. Albin Pansdorf.)" including 2 cabbies waiting nearby for a fare (they had to keep their distance until called, these 2 were the next in line). Postkarte from Wilhelm Hoffmann in Dresden, hand-colored appearance. Interesting but unrelated message all over the back in English details the life of composed Carl Maria Von Weber. Small chip out of the upper left front corner, other corners with minor wear. $2.50 tpe
CAB DRIVER / CABBIE. "PARIS MODERNE - CHAUFFEUSE D'AUTOTAX / Une Contravention au Bois / 2899 Notre pauvre Chauffeuse attrape une contravention pour avoir voulu donner satisfaction / à un client pressé qui lui demandait de la vitesse" showing a female taxi driver being ticketed for the speeding at the behest of her passenger, to the amusement of a passer-by. Unused carte postale with slight toning on back possibly from the printing process itself, minor corner rounding. We have seen another one of these in an auction, mailing date 1909. $30.00 f(p)ptla
CABINET MAKERS. "Anthony Hay's Cabinetmaking Shop / Williamsburg, Virginia" with 3 men working, unused chrome post card, short ink line on front. $0.50 (vp)*
CAMEL DRIVER. "Camel driver at the site / of the Sphingx(sic) an(sic) the pyra- / mid of Khufru. Egypt" home=made (and, hence, unique) post card mailed 1962 from Fillmore Missouri, trivial wear at 2 corners, light spot of toning on back. $1.75 ep
CARPET REPAIRMAN. "No. 767 / Carpet repairing, Kshn" unused continental post card, unusual subject matter, near mint. (3 available) $2.00 each ip
CARPET SELLERS. "Afghanistan, Road side carpet sellers / Photo: M. Anderson (T.T) (1990)" with some of their wares draped over the side of a bridge, oversize postcard with 2002 copyright, excellent condition. $2.00 ap#
CHARCOAL VENDOR. "186. / CARBONERO. MEX." showing a vendor of charcoal with his heavily-laden burro, real photo tarjeta postal with very late usage (oxidation suggests an earlier age) at Trail Missouri, 2 corners with faint small creases. Shown left. $4.25 m(g)p. Same but unused & tiny spot in sky. Shown right. $4.25 m(g)p
CHARCOAL VENDORS. "Carboneros y sus novias. I. G. Hatton, Mexico No,3363" showing charcoal sellers with their wares & customers, unused color tarjeta postal, minor corner wear & rounding. $10.00 m(g)p
CHARCOAL VENDORS. "M12 Vendedores de Carbon C Valles S L P Mexico" showing 2 charcoal vendors with their loaded burros, unused Eke real photo with excellent contrast & focus, fairly fresh. C Valles abbreviates Cuidad de Valles. $6.00 m(s)p
CHARCOAL VENDOR. "Marchands de charbon (Maroc)" showing charcoal being sold from donkeys, unused postcard separated from a booklet, bottom corner crease, light toning at the top & bottom back edges. $15.00 mp
CHEFS. "HOTEL BURGUNDY / 8, rue Duphot (Madeleine) - PARIS / Cuisine du Restaurant" including 3 chefs at work, unused black & white carte postale from L. Vauclin, tiny corner crease with wear. An interesting scene. $17.50 cf(p)i(r)p
CHIMNEY SWEEPS. "A. RITTIGSTEIN / HARDWARE & ... // 971 / BROADWAY // E. JOHNSON / CHIMNEY / SWEEP // E. JOHNSON / CHIMNEY SWEEP / 971 BROADWAY / PRONE OAK 2176" in Oakland California with attention-getting wagon & 2 workers in costume before the business (name & address on awning) established by Jewish immigrant (from Czernowitz Bukovina ) Adolph Rittigstein. Sepia-tone Azo (triangles up) real photo divided back post card with wonderful depth-of-field & lighting that brings out the details. The Rittigstein (& Son) business prospered by supplying paints, oils, hardware, locksmithing & chimney sweeping services from 1889 - 1910. Belongs in a museum. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. c(o)pjhg
CLOTH SALESMAN. "East Pakistan. Itinerant salesman / carry(sic) cloth to remote tribesmen" home-made (and, hence, unique) postcard mailed 1961 from New Market Indiana. $1.75
COAL CARRIERS. "Coal Carriers / Barbados" showing several women bearing heavy loads on their heads, black-and-white, fresh appearance, good edges. Post card sold. Still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size & enhanced 72-dpi scan in .jpg (177,276 bytes) or .tif format. $1.50 bp
COAL MINERS. "M-17 CUTTING COAL AT FACE OF CHAMBER" linen postcard mailed 1940, corner crease. $3.75
COAL MINERS. Uncaptioned sepia-tone real photo postcard showing unmechanized above-ground coal mining, including a few children (after school, waiting for the miners to quit so they can fetch a few lumps of coal for their families), at Murray City Ohio. Mailed there in AUG 1909 (lightly inked COL. & ATHENS R.P.O. hand cancel) to Miss May Connor in Guernsey Ohio, lightly toned back, minor corner & edge wear. Obviously one-of-a-kind: no caption, no attribution of the photography or the publisher. $50.00 o(m)mp
COFFEE PLANTATION WORKERS. "Pesando el Café Para la Exportación" showing coffee being weighed for export by 3 workers & a supervisor, color tarjeta postal, paper lightly browned with age muting the colors. mild wear at the corners (including 2 small creases not into the image). Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $2.00 ep
CONSTRUCTION WORKERS. "Lampert Lumber Co. / Waubay S. D." showing 3 workmen pausing in the fall erection effort for a long 2-story wooden building, a grain elevator in the left background, a small building in between; sepia-tone real photo postcard mailed Jan 31 1911 by one of the people shown (S. I. Dilley, to another Dilley in Youngstown Ohio); good edges, slight oxidation. Caption is on the front lower left, readable upon magnification. Unique & as interesting as they get. $60.00 slpg(d)g(l)*
COOKWARE VENDOR. "168 Marché" sepia-tone showing a cookware vendor, made in Tunis stamped on back, unused & interesting. $7.00 tp
COWBOYS & COWGIRLS. Please see Cowboy & Cowgirls postcards.
CRACKER PACKERS. "Packing Hanover Crackers, Smith & Son, White River Jc. Vt." showing 2 women & 2 men packing barrels, unused sepia-tone post card made in Germany, minor corner rounding. Circa 1909 postcard date, though the factory shown dates back to 1871. $12.50 v(w)fip
CUCUMBER VENDOR. "Vendeuse de concombre" showing a cucumber vendor in color postcard with undivided back mailed 1911 at Suez to France, minor corner & edge wear, unusual subject matter. $20.00 (ep)
DANCERS. Have a separate listing due to their numbers.
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DITCH DIGGERS. "CEDARTOWN HIGH SCHOOL, CEDARTOWN, GA." including ditch diggers working on both sides of the sidewalk, maybe to lay a drainage pipe underneath; unused black & white postcard, two internal creases hard to see from the front, back paper yellowing with age, minor corner wear. $4.00 g(c)p
Shovels' // ATLANTA, GA., Starting two hundred and forty men on a new sewer.
No other shovel used on this work but our long / handle Round Pint, which
cost the city more per doz. but which they consider the cheapest shovel to
be obtained. / CONNEAUT SHOVEL CO., CONNEAUT, OHIO." black & white postcard
with red caption, small bottom corner bend, old price on back inked off,
minor edge wear. Rare. When we searched the Internet, no one else offered
it, or bragged about selling it, or even exhibited it.
DOCTORS & MEDICAL WORKERS. These are listed separately--just click to visit.
DUST-BIN COLLECTOR. "Ramasseur d'ordures. Constantinople." Showing a dust-bin collector with his shovel & mule, fresh colors, circa 1912, unused, numbered 38 on back, minor corner wear, very unusual subject matter. The only postcard we have ever seen with this necessary occupation. $60.00 tp
EARTHENWARE MENDER. "12.--Petits Métiers-- Raccommodeur de Faïence. Little crafts--Chinese mender." showing a man mending earthenware, boys in the back hold kites; black & white postcard on browning paper, circa 1915, unused, album marks at front corners, lower corner crease tangential to the image. The man is mending pottery. $35.00 cppk
ETCHING WORKER. "TEACHENOR-BARTBERGER ENGRAVING CO., KANSAS CITY" showing work scenes in their zinc etching and halftone etching departments, undivided back post card, inconspicuous corner crease, name Roger written on face, addressed. The business owners were R. B. Teachenor & E. G. Bartberger. $12.50 m(k)pggi
FIREMEN. "Fire Insurance / New York / Underwriting / Agency // Copyright 1905 by De Witt C. Wheeler. / 51315 Firemen wetting down Ruins, N. Y. City." black & white postcard with red caption & undivided back, mailed 1907 from Thornville Ohio to a local resident, mild edge wear includes a small scrape, album toning & 1 small scrape at the back corners. $7.00 fnpi
FIREMEN. See also Fires & Firefighting postcards at this site.
FIREWOOD VENDOR. "370. / MEXICO. VENDEDOR DE LEÑA" showing a seller of firewood with his loaded burro, sepia-tone tarjeta postal mailed 1954 from Achilles Virginia, 2 long bottom corner creases, oxidation indicative of a much older age, short tear from the right front edge closes well. As is. Shown left. $2.50 m(g)p. A better example, mailed from Suamico Wisconsin, slight ink smearing on back, light toning near back edges, trivial corner wear, no creases or tears. Shown right. $9.50 m(g)p
FISHMONGER. "Fishmonger" also captioned in Japanese, color postcard, unused, undivided back, made in Japan, mild corner wear, back has several small scratches. $4.75 jp
FISH WIFE. "NEWHAVEN / FISH WIFE." holding hands with her child, color Valentine's Artotype postcard, unused, long crease, corner wear & rounding. $2.75 ep
"Florist at Suwa Park, Nagasaki" also captioned in Japanese, unused circa-1908 carte postale with unevenly divided back, upper corner crease, all corners noticeably rounded, 2 small scrapes near the upper right front corner, toned back. Rare. When we searched the Internet, no one was offering it, there were no recorded sales, and only one example was exhibited in a collection. $20.00 jfp
"F. C. MEXICANO / VENDIENDO FLORES EN / 10 EL FORTIN" showing flower
vendors soliciting business from Ferrocarril Mexicano passengers at the
sepia-tone real photo tarjeta postal, well composed with good
depth-of-field, unused, paper starting to brown evenly with age. Why would
people on a train without air conditioning buy flowers? Depends on who is
sitting next to them! In July 1955, the name of the pueblo of Fortin was
changed as part of a decree to become the villa Fortin de las Flores.
FLOWER SELLERS. "Flower Sellers, Adderley Street, Cape Town" showing several black vendors with baskets of flowers against a backdrop of much traffic, postcard view published by Valentine & Sons; small piece of one corner gone, serrated edge from booklet. Postcard sold. Still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (almost 2x original postcard area) 100-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.50 cfp
FLOWER SELLERS. "LA COTE D'AZUR / H63 - CANNES - La Plage et la Croisette" showing a pretty French flower vendor, real photo carte postale with scalloped edges as issued, edit. MAR, unused, 3 tiny spots in the upper right front sky. $2.75 f(c)p NEW / NOV / NY
FOOD INSPECTORS. "INSPECTING FRUIT BEFORE BEING EXPORTED. / Fruit exported form Victoria is subjected to a rigid inspection. / Buyers oversea may rely on receiving the best quality." including several crates, some open, with legible labeling (e.g., GJ & Co, 1 bushel sorted apples, Alfred E. Eagle ...); elaborate back advertising settlement allotments available for mixed farming in Victoria Australia, under the Closer Settlement Acts; black & white postcard issued by direction of the Honorable J. E. Mackey (Commissioner of Crown Lands); a lot of edge wear at the lower right front corner, other edge wear is minor, lightly toned back. $6.00 vfpa
FORTUNE TELLERS. Barr's Postcard News. July 26, 2016 (24 pages). Articles on the summer Olympics, fortune-telling by palmistry & ink blotters. $1.25 pp(f)o
FRUIT VENDOR. "Fruitvender(sic), / HAVANA, / Cuba" with his elaborate cart in color, postcard with undivided back, published by The Diamond News Company, mild corner wear & rounding, lightly toned. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 cph
FRUIT VENDOR. "ROADSIDE FRUIT VENDORS / Near Pusan, Korea / 218" real photo post card, free mail to Ohio from APO 301. $10.00 (kp). Same, but toned back, a few spots of toning on front & date of 1953 written on back. Shown. $8.00 kp
GAME WARDENS. "8 - Flagrant délit de Braconnage // Nulle équivoque ! pris en fraude / Le délit est certain, flagrant, // C'est le rapport de la maraude, - / Tel qui croit attraper se prend !" showing French game wardens seizing a rabbit from poachers; unused carte postale with 4-line poem referring to the flagrant violation, back & front caption areas toned. Unusual subject matter. $8.50 hppl
GARBAGEMEN. "74 -- Alger. - Transport des immondices" showing a large garbage wagon, black & white on brownish paper, unused, very unusual subject matter, minor corner wear, ding at one edge that is hard to see from the front. $15.00 ap PRICE REDUCED RECENTLY
GINGER PEELERS. "Greetings from Jamaica, B. W. I. / Ginger Peelers" showing 5 women & 4 baskets full of their work, unused color postcard numbered 225 & 65650 on the back, faint small bend at one upper corner, otherwise good edges. $5.00 jp
GLASS FACTORY WORKERS. "At Corning Glass Works / Corning, N.Y." unattributed art showing glass blowers watched by spectators, well done home-made (and, hence, unique) postcard mailed 1965 from Dongola Illinois, upper corner bend & bottom corner crease neither into the image, a tiny spot of cancel ink in the right front margin. $2.00 n(c)gp
GLASS FACTORY WORKERS. "When in El Paso or Juarez visit CRISTALES de / CHIHUAHUA, GLASS FACTORY " unused chrome multiview including 2 work scenes & example products, round corners as issued. $2.00
GRAPEFRUIT SORTERS. "SORTING AND PACKING GRAPE FRUIT, FLORIDA" showing 3 men at work amidst many crates, white-border era post card mailed 1921 from Orlando, both upper corners creased (one faintly, not into the image), a little cancel ink shows in the left front margin, bottom corner with a small crease, other edge wear is minor. Seldom offered in any condition. We did find one at $9.99; but we need just $5.00. ff(u)p
GRASSHOPPER VENDOR. "33 MARRAKECH - Place Djma el Fna - Vendeurs de sauterelles" showing vendors of grasshoppers, well localized; unused carte postale from Cie Alsacienne des Arts Photomécaniques in Strasbourg, good edges. An alternative spelling for the place is Djemaa el Fna. $20.00 mpfi
GRAVE ROBBERS. "NATIVES DIGGING ANCIENT INDIAN GRAVES FOR / GOLD ORNAMENTS AND POTTERY, PANAMA" postcard from Vibert & Dixon, unused, minor corner wear, unusual subject matter. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (almost 2x original postcard area) 100-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.50 ppc
GUARD. "King's House, Home of Governor, Kingston, Jamaica..." including a guard at the entrance, unused postcard with underinked colors on paper browning with age, circa 1910, small corner crease, toned back edges. $7.00 jp
HAT VENDOR. "© 1909 by Waldrop Photographic Co., San Juan, Porto Rico. / HAT VENDORS IN SAN JUAN." one with a loaded burro, the other carrying the load himself; unused, toning & things in front border corners from album mounting, long corner crease not too conspicuous. Postcard sold. Still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 277% of original area) & enhanced 120-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.75 pp(h)
HOP PICKERS. "PICKERS ARRIVING FOR WORK / IN AN OREGON HOP FIELD" unused black & white from Patton Post Card Company, numbered 44837 on back, mild wear at top edge, minor wear at one corner. An interesting view. $6.00 oap. See also our Breweriana post cards.
HOP PICKERS. "PICKING HOPS IN OREGON" including 4 workers & 2 baskets; black & white postcard with printer's markings on back dating Aug 24 1915 & price charged, paper browning evenly with age, unique & interesting. $12.00 oap*
HOUSE SERVANT. "303--A Mexican 'Criada,' House Servant / All the Work about Native Households is Performed by such Women A-38811-N" unused post card from Sandoval News Service, small upper corner bend, minor wear at one bottom corner. $4.00 m(g)w(s)p(h)
IRON FITTERS. "LES USINES DE DION-BOUTON / LES FERREURS EN VOITURE" showing French iron fitters at a carriage works, unused sepia-tone carte postale with undivided back. Dion-Bouton made automobiles from 1883 to 1932; in 1900 they were the largest auto manufacturer in the world. Extraordinary & seldom seen. $35.00 p(i)ia
JOCKEYS. Please see our Racing post cards.
JUGGLER. "EXPÉDITION DE CHINE. / 2010.--Acrobate Chinois dans une Rue de Tien-Tsin" showing a Chinese juggler / acrobat standing on his hands, black & white, undivided back postcard, unused, lightly toned back. $35.00 (cp(j))
LABOR UNIONS. Please click to see our webpage on the subject.
LAWYER / ADVOCATE. "14.--La femme avocat. / Les hommes font-ils meilleure besogne en politique? Quel mépris nous vient au cœur pour eux devant let faits. / La France divisée en partis ennemis s'entredechirant, la haine des classes attisée, devenue en moyen de gouverneur, les / déclassés remplissant les villes et les campagnes manquant de bras; les sinécures, les concussions, les pots-de-vin partout; la / dette grossissant de milliard en milliard en pleine paix; à toutes les aventures. Hommes, il n'y a pas lieu d'être fiers de votre œuvre. / Je salue l'aurore des temps nouveaux, l'avènement aux affaire de la femme." Image of woman in lawyer robes standing behind a child. French is colloquial, argumentative & sarcastic-- something to the effect "Why not women lawyers? Men do a lousy job at it! Look what they have done in politics & public affairs ... I greet the advent of new times when women are in business." Undivided back postcard, mailed circa 1900 - 1903, small corner crease, minor edge wear, album impressions at the corners. The baby in the picture probably symbolizes the non-voting status of women under the Napoleonic code, under which they were essentially treated as children. Sold but front still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size & enhanced 72-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.50 splw(s)#
LION TAMER. "Mr. Arthur West and his Kindergarden Class / at Gay's Lion Farm / El Monte, Calif." with 7 young lions perched on stairs & a stool, unused DOPS real photo postcard, good edges, necessarily 1942 or earlier. Note the tilted composition, which is telling: the photographer was inside the enclosure & understandably nervous; he took the shot quickly & made a hasty retreat! In the circus, the feat shown was duplicated with 7 full-grown lions. Rare. When we searched the Internet, no one was offering it & no one was even bragging about having sold it. All we could find were people exhibiting it as one of their prized possessions. $25.00 cc(e)agp
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LOBSTER TRAP MAKERS. "Bath, Me., Making Lobster Traps, New Meadows River." unused color post card made in Germany, numbered 6484 on back, tiny corner crease, faint album marks on back. An interesting scene. $9.50 m(b)m(n)p
MACARONI MAKERS. "NAPOLI - Fabbrica di Maccheroni" showing a group of people making macaroni, sepia tone cartolina postale Italiana from Carlo Cotini, scalloped edges as issues, small corner crease at one upper corner weakens it, small paper separation at the other upper corner. Unusual subject matter. $6.00 fip NEW / NUOVO / NY
MAIL CARRIERS. "HONORING / the / MAIL CARRIER / and / NATIONAL POSTCARD WEEK / May 7-13, 1989" showing a collage of 11 US stamps honoring the postal service, unused, from a limited edition of 1000, near mint. $2.00 pppp
MANGO SELLER. "346 Sud-Vietnam - SAIGON / Marchande de mangues" hand-colored / tinted real photo showing a woman selling mangoes, production Van-Hen, unused & fairly fresh. $7.00 sp
MATADORS. Please see our listing of Bullfighting postcards.
MEALING STONE VENDOR."367 / MEXICO. VENDEDOR DE METATES" real photo of a seated vendor with his mealing stones (used for processing seeds & grains, excellent focus & contrast. Post card sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $2.00 mpf
MEAT GRADER. "Sides of beef are 'quartered' before expert / graders determine the quality. / Only the choicest been is branded 'Swift's / Premium'." showing a worker applying that grade to some ribs with a roller, monochromatic blue-green postcard, mailed 1949, minor wear at one corner, cancel ink in left front border. $6.00 fpa
MEDICINE VENDOR. "A Native Medicine Vendor." seated on a street with his wares (many roots & herbs) displayed before him, sepia-tone SAPSCO real photo postcard with crisp contrast & slight oxidation, mailed 1924 at Durban South Africa to Pennsylvania, slight curl to the paper, small bottom corner crease. Sender writes in part: 'He seems to have plenty of remedies but few patients.' $35.00 smpp
MERMAIDS. See also Mermaid postcards.
MILKMAID. "1040. Antwerp, Belgium. Flemish Milk Venders" including a cart being drawn by 3 dogs, Europeau Series postcard made in Germany & mailed NOV 5 1910 (clear & almost complete TOLEDO & COL. R.P.O. hand cancel) to Mr. P. F. Koch in Columbus Ohio, internal crease mostly in the bricks from the right front edge, a little writing by the sender under the front caption. Hard to find -- even if you spell vendors correctly! Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 dbfp
MILKMAID. "27 -- Laitière Normands. ND Phot." showing a French milkmaid on the back of a donkey, black & white, very late usage at Old Trap North Carolina, noticeable wear along 2 edges. $5.00 fp
MILKMAID. "Napoli - Venditrice di latte" showing a female milk vendor with her stock. Postcard sold. Still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 277% of original area) & enhanced 120-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.75 ip
MILK MAID. "New Orleans, La. Creole Milk Maid" on a horse-drawn cart with 2 large jugs, address on side looks like '12th & Washington St.', from Tuck Post Card Series No. 2108 printed in Germany, mailed at New Orleans 1910, tiny bottom corner crease, minor corner & edge wear. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 l(n)htp
MILKMAID. "The Milkmaid." unsigned but quality art in color shows agricultural scene in which a farm woman empties water into vats so her 2 cows can drink; postcard with undivided back mailed 1907 at Quimby Iowa, corners with small creases tangential to or missing the art, top edge ding closes fairly well. $3.25 wpa
MILK MERCHANT. "14. - DJIBOUTI - Marchandes de lait" showing milk merchants, mailed to Belgium but stamps removed from both sides. $8.50
MINERS. "1151 Machine Drill." with a good look at the equipment, color from Mitchell, brownish paper, corner crease, couple small spots of toning on back. Good work scene. Post card sold. Still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size & enhanced 72-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.50 mpm
MINERS. "Cage Full of Men ready to be lowered down into Mine, Ironwood, Mich.--16" E. C. Kropp Company postcard, mailed AUG 7 1927 from Ironwood Michigan to Mrs. W. B. (Nell) Palmer in Wilmette Illinois, long bottom corner crease, soft corners. Hard to find! Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 m(i)mp
MINERS. "Carey Sal Mine, Hutchinson, Kansas" showing a work scene with 5 miners, unused linen postcard from Phillips News, fresh appearance. $4.00
MINERS. "LOADING A CAR IN AN ANTHRACITE COAL MINE / 44831" post card mailed from Fleetville Pennsylvania 1956 (2 different cancels). $2.50
MINERS. See also COAL MINERS above.
MINT WORKERS. "Silver Rolling Room. The Royal Mint." black & white postcard showing many people working at different jobs, exceptionally interesting, unused, very light but extensive toning both sides. $13.50 np
MODEL. "INTERLOCHEN CENTER FOR THE ARTS, home of / the National Music Camp and Interlochen Arts Academy…" postcard showing a painting class in progress, working with a seated model; addressed & stamped but no cancel, fairly fresh, unusual subject matter. $2.00 m(i)p
MOTHER-OF-PEARL CRAFTSMEN. "Perlmutterarbeiter. / Ouevriers en nacre / Workers in mother of pearl" showing 4 men at work each doing a different task, color postcard from A. Michel Frères, Turquie printed on back, toned back, mild corner wear & rounding. Exceptionally interesting. $12.50 tp
NATURALIST. "BLACKLICK WOODS METROPOLITAN PARK / Columbus / A naturalist points out interesting birdlife " unused chrome from N. C. Cohen & Son, round corners as issued, fresh appearance. $2.50 op
OPAL VENDOR. "2601. An Opal Vendor. A Common Mexican Type" color post card with condescending message on the back, published by Miguel Gonzales, unused. $15.00 mp
ORANGE VENDORS. "Les Marchands d'oranges" postcard with good color showing orange vendors on the street, from Lehnert & Landrock, numbered 586 on back, unused & , much corner & edge wear, two small spots of toning on back, interesting. $12.50 tp
OSTRICH PLUCKER. "3116 - Gathering the Plumes, Cawston Ostrich Farm, California" postcard with fresh colors from Mitchell, unused, soft corners. Note that the ostrich being plucked is hooded to calm it down. $10.00 (oc(p)pm)
OSTRICH TRAINER. "3113 -- 'Breaking the Young Ones' Cawston Ostrich Farm, California" color post card on brownish paper from Edward Mitchell, unused, small indentations on bottom edge could be trimmed, other edge wear minor. $4.75 omp* ILLUSTRATION ADDED RECENTLY
PALACE GUARDS. "Guardian of the palace / in Bundi, India." including his large sword prominently, well done home-made (and, hence, unique) postcard mailed 1965 at Ottawa Ohio. $2.00 ip
PASTRY COOK. "13.--Petits Métiers--Pâtissier Chinois. Little Crafts--Chinese Pastry cook". black & white, circa 1915, unused postcard, minor corner wear & rounding, brownish paper. $17.50 Same, but sepia-tone on brownish paper, unused, a few tiny marks on back. $17.00 (cp)
PEACOCK FEEDER. "THE PEACOCK FARM NEAR / ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA" showing an Indian woman feeding a large group of birds, linen postcard numbered 27820N on back, mailed 1927 to Florida, minor corner wear. $5.00 f(s)bp
PEARL DIVERS. "FAMOUS PLACES AND FINE PROSPEKTS IN (SHIMA)" black & white postcard showing 4 female pearl divers inspecting their harvest of oysters and other seafood at Mikimoto Pearl Island; late usage in the United States, long upper corner crease, other corner wear is minor. $4.50 jpf
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PEDIATRIC NURSE. "DR. BARNARDO'S HOMES.--The Gordon Ward in H.M. Hospital, Stepney Causeway." showing several beds for boys & 2 pediatric nurses in attendance, black & white post card, mailed 1906 but stamp removed, extensive light reddish toning near the back bottom obscures nothing, light toning on front, one small bottom corner crease (not into image) . Doctor Thomas John Barnardo was a Victorian social entrepreneur best known for rescuing homeless & afflicted children from the streets. He died in the year previous to this mailing, so the postcard may be part of a fund-raising campaign launched immediately thereafter to fill the void caused by the loss of his considerable fund-raising skills & connections. The first of many homes he established for such children was at Stepney Causeway. $11.50 spegcim(f) PRICE REDUCED RECENTLY
PERFUMERY WORKERS. "PARFUMERIE BRUNO COURT / Laboratoire des Bains-Marie" showing many women stirring large vats, black & white post card, unused. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size & enhanced 72-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.50 fpp
PEWTERER. "The pewterer at his forge, Old Sturbridge Village, / Sturbridge, Massachusetts." Chrome from a photo by Walter H. Miller, mailed 1975, lightly toned back, minor corner & edge wear. $2.00. Unused, trivial corner wear. Shown. $2.50 mp
PICADOR. "6 - CORRIDA DE TOROS - Le
taureau enlève le Picador / et son cheval." action in color showing a bull
lifting a horse (and therefore his rider, who is coming out of the saddle)
near the edge of the arena, unused carte postale, minor corner rounding,
lightly toned back, lower corner creased. As good an unposed action shot as you are
likely to see.
PINEAPPLE PACKERS. "PICK Dole / HAWAII'S BEST, AMERICA'S FAVORITE! / Skilled packers select perfectly-matched slices and / place them in cans ..." unused circa-1960 (from printer's code in stamp box) postcard whose caption continues to detail the canning process, fairly fresh with good edges & interesting. $1.25 h(u)pf NEW / NEU / NOUVEAU
PITCH DIGGERS. "Pitch Diggers, Trinidad." dark red caption, from Davidson & Todd, unused, album impressions at corners. Postcard sold. Still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (almost 2x original postcard area) 100-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.50 (tp)
PLATE PRINTERS & PRESS FEEDERS. "U. S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing Press Room. / Printed in Germany" with many small hand presses, each with a plate printer & woman assistant press feeder, turning out postage stamps & currency; postcard with undivided back from the Tuck Post Card Series No. 2234, mailed from New Providence New Jersey APR 12 1917 to Miss Katharine K. Reeve in Brooklyn New York. This view is included in a detailed article about the deplorable working conditions, entitled 'Sweatshop: The Bureau of Engraving and Printing c. 1905' at streetsofwashington.com. The women were to organize into a union in 1909. $8.00 dppntu
PLYWOOD PEELERS. "Peeling Plywood Aberdeen Wn" sepia-tone Azo (squares in corners) real photo postcard showing 2 women workers & a lathe which would peel wood from 16-foot fir logs; unused, low contrast but the depth-of-field yields detail, just a few tiny & unimportant surface pits on the front surface. Circa late 1920's. The Harbor Plywood Corporation, now long gone, in Washington State was known to have such equipment there. Rare. $37.50 wplii PRICE REDUCED RECENTLY
POLICE. "E7108(?) POLICE HEADQUARTERS, BRIDGEPORT, CONN." with approximately 60 uniformed officers stand in front of the entrance, color post card made in Germany, mailed 1908, well rounded corners, long corner crease. The beginning of the caption is hard to read, so the publisher's number may be wrong. $4.50 clp
POLICE. "POLICE WOMAN ON DUTY IN TEL-AVIV" trilingual captioned continental post card, mailed 1968, stamp removed. $1.50 lpi"POLICE WOMAN ON DUTY IN TEL-AVIV" trilingual captioned continental post card, mailed 1968, stamp removed. $1.50 lpi
PORTERS / COOLIES. "Chinese Coolie carrying 250 lbs / 108. Tientsin China" AZO real photo postcard with triangles up and down, unused, corner crease, corner wear & rounding, light toning on front. Sold but front still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (almost 2x original postcard area) 100-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.50 cp
PORTERS / COOLIES. "Hamals. / Souvenir de / Editeur Max Fruchtermann, Constantinople. 1119. Photogr. Sébah..." showing 4 porters resting with a large-barrel load, color post card, unused, undivided back, light album impressions at the corners, tiny but nonetheless noticeable scrape near top front edge, good edges. Postcard sold. Still available for scholarly study & research as a slightly larger than full-size 75-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.50 tp%
POSTAL WORKERS / POSTMEN. "Post Office Force, Lakeview, Mich." showing & naming the Postmaster, clerks, messengers & RFD carriers by route, postcard mailed there 1907 (straight-line cancel), minor corner wear & rounding. Marvelous! $47.50 (mpph-mr)
POSTAL WORKERS. "1886-7 / A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR / ... / TORONTO LETTER CARRIERS" including a postman, mailbag, heraldic crests & a Canada Post Card, 5-colors (brown on sepia, dark violet, dark red & gold), toned back, mild corner & edge wear, long corner crease, small corner crease, lightly toned front. Handed out to "Their Friends Everywhere", no postcard back. As nice a precursor as you are likely to find. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size & enhanced 72-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.50 o-onpc*
POTTERY DECORATORS. "DECORADO: ALFARERIA 'LA MALINCHE'. // A. 230 / OAXACA. // Osuna / Mexico" showing the hand- decoration of pottery unused real photo post card with light oxidation consistent with age & good edges. Exterior views of this pottery can be found now & then, but interior views showing the workers are definitely rare. When we searched the Internet, we found no example of this tarjeta postal exhibited or offered, nor was there even one recorded sale. $10.00 m(o)pp
POTTERY VENDORS. "108. Vendedores de Ollas, México. / J. Granat, México." showing pottery vendors, undivided back postcard mailed 1904 (stamp removed) to Miss Carrie Apperson in Dixon California, small upper corner crease, small spots of toning in the front message area. $5.00 m(g)p
POTTERY VENDOR. "Tipicos Vendedores de Olles. / Typical Pottery Vendors. / Texcoco, México. / Foto: Luis Márquez" two men, heavily laden, at the roadside in México State; color postcard, notice on back dates to 1951, red check mark penned on back, good edges. $1.50 m(m)pp
POTTERY VENDOR. "VENDEDOR DE JARROS. / MEXICO. 169" showing a pottery vendor, Kodak real photo, writing on back, good edges. $4.75 mp
POTTERY VENDOR. "Venditore di / terraglie" showing a pottery vendor in Napoli, mailed 1900, Postcard sold. Still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 277% of original area) & enhanced 120-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.75 ipp
POULTRY MERCHANT. "520. Mexico. Vendedores de pollos. / J. C. S." showing men selling poultry (turkeys we think--note the red heads) from a burro, undivided back, corner crease, corner & edge wear. Postcard sold. Still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 277% of original area) & enhanced 120-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.75 mp
PRISON GUARDS. "Annex, Ohio State Penitentiary, / Columbus, Ohio" showing 4 guards relaxing by playing checkers & playing the guitar, beds nearby; unused color post card from S. E. Harriman, made in Germany, bottom corners creased (1 weakened), mild corner wear otherwise, lightly toned back. $8.00 o(c)ppm
PRISON GUARDS. "West Guard Wall at Ohio State penitentiary, / Columbus Ohio" including 2 armed prison guards standing upon it, unused Weixelbaum postcard with several spots of toning on the back, mild corner & edge wear. Rare. No one was offering this postcard when we searched the internet, and only one library claimed to have it in their collection. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 o(c)pp
PULQUE HARVESTER. "2953. Getting Pulque, Scene on the Interoceanic Railway, Mexico. / Es Propiedad Sonora New Company, City of Mexico." unused tarjeta postal, printed text on the back about the importance of cacti, faint small bottom corner crease, very light toning on back. The railroad referenced was the Ferrocarril Interoceánico de México. $5.00 m(g)r(f)pd%
PULQUE HARVESTER. "Aguador / Mexico. Tlachiquero. / J. Granat, Mexico. 6206." showing a water vendor & a pulque gatherer; multiview tarjeta postal with undivided back, trivial upper corner wear, otherwise quite fresh for its age. $4.75 m(g)p(p)
PULQUE HARVESTER. "J. K. 62. México. Cargando el Pulque." showing a tlachiquero on a burro with a load of pulque (an alcoholic beverage) in his saddlebags; unused color postcard with undivided back, minor corner rounding, trivial edge wear. $9.00 m(g)paa
QUARRYMEN. "Digging stones in a Quarry. Trinidad, B.W.I." showing a group of black labourers at rest, unused color postcard separated neatly from a booklet, published by James Book Store (circa 1910). Note this is the colorized version of the card. We found only one other when we searched the Internet, and it was priced over ten dollars. We ask only $7.50 tmp
RAILROAD ENGINEER. "THE West Point ROUTE / 'At The Throttle' - A fast run with Engineer Fritzi Scheff, on the Atlanta & West Point Railroad Company and The Western Railway of Alabama" on steam locomotive #19, litho-chrome postcard printed in Germany & jointly published by the 2 railroads, mailed APR 26 1908 from Birmingham Alabama to Miss Belle Applegate in Owensboro Kentucky, 1/4" tear into the top sky, unusual subject matter. Rare: no offers, recorded sales, or exhibits when we searched the Internet. $17.50 r(t)r(a)p NEW / NEU / NOUVEAU
ROADWORKER. "Jens Vejmand" depicting the Danish road worker flanked by a six-stanza song immortalizing his life (written 1905, melody 1907), unused brevkort, toned both sides, heavy vertical crease runs along the left side of the image so it is not very noticeable. Unusual subject matter. $1.75 dmp
RUBBER TAPPERS. "RUBBER TAPPING, CEYLON." showing several workers extracting sap from the trees, unused real photo of British manufacture, good edges. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $2.00 cpt
SALT MINE WORKER. "942 Harvesting Salt near Great Salt Lake, Utah / Photo by Davis" unused linen, pertinent information on back, album marks on back. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (almost 2x original postcard area) 100-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.50 (mup)
SALT MINE WORKER. "Salt Beds, near Great Salt Lake, Utah" showing a man & horse plowing there; unused postcard with beautiful pastel colors from Souvenir Novelty Company, made in USA circa 1908-1910, numbered A-7988 on back, remnant & small thin on back from album removal, trivial wear at 2 corners. $5.00 up
SAND CARRIER. "Sand carrier in Portugal" well done home-made (and, hence, unique) postcard mailed 1963 at Holtwood Pennsylvania, unusual subject matter. $2.00 (pp(s))
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SECRETARY. "NOT SO FAST" showing a secretary taking dictation from her boss near a typewriter, sepia-tone mailed 1913 from California Pennsylvania, corner & edge wear, pencil writing on back rubbed in places, corner crease. $4.00 tp
SHEPHERD. "117 Homeward Bound." with a shepherd and his 2 dogs moving his flock up a winding path; unused circa-1908 post card from an undisclosed publisher, beautiful hand-colored appearance suggests a painting. $4.50 a(s)pa
SHEPHERD. "AFGHANISTAN - Kochi" showing a shepherd kneeling to examine his flock, a woman in the background looks away; excellent condition. $3.75 aap. Same oversize post card except design has an odd partial inset at the upper right [Were they copying from a book?] and light marks from the printing process on the back. Shown. The Kochi are a small nomadic ethnic minority that has sporadically waged war against the Hazara people there. $3.50 aap
SHEPHERD. "A PYRENESE SHEPHERD" unused Stengel postcard on thick stock, minor wear to one upper corner, light album toning on back. Rosa Bonheur, the artist, is the most popular painter of animals in the modern French School. $3.00 sa(b)a(s)p
SHEPHERD. "Shepherd and Flock, Druid Hill Park-Baltimore, Md." black-and-white, unused undivided back, faint album impressions at corners, light toning along the top front edge (darker in the thumbnail than it actually is so you can locate it & see its extent). One of our favorite cards from this city, even though it is not rare. Note the collie dog. Postcard sold. Still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size 72-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.50 mpa*
SHOEMAKER. "JERUSALEM - Cordonnier arab / Arab shoemaker / Schuhmacher" color postcard, numbered 161 on back, unused, tiny spots of toning near one back edge. $8.50 pp
SHOEMAKER. "ZAPATERO REMENDÓN / 432 HAUSER Y MENET.-MADRID DE 'BLANCO Y NEGRO' REVISTA ILUSTRADA, MADRID" with signed art in black & white showing an itinerant shoemaker at work in the street with his tools, unused tarjeta postal with undivided back. $16.00 sp(s)
SIGNALMEN. Two real photo postcards showing railroad signalmen with their lanterns, which were used to communicate across distances at noisy and/or dark railyards. The one showing the most people is Azo triangles all up, unused. The other is Artura, pencil writing on back, trimmed, soiled back. Neither names the people or railroads involved, nor do they credit any photographer. Not often seen but very important work! You get both for $17.50. p(s) NEW / NEU / NOUVEAU
SNACK VENDOR. "VENDEDOR DE TUNAS. MEX. 180" snack vendor seated outside with a flyswatter in hand, real photo mailed Illinois 1908, sender comments on scene, small corner crease, another corner worn. $7.50 mp
SNAKE CHARMER. "1500. Amusement entre amis A. 14" showing a close-up of a snake charmer with a snake wrapped around his neck, black & white on brownish paper, Editions Photo-Africaines, unused, uneven edges as issued. $9.50
SNAKE CHARMER. "171 SCÈNES D'ORIENT / Charmeur de Serpents / PHOTO SOLER, TUNIS" mailed there 1924 to Pennsylvania (25-c & 20-c stamps, indistinct cancels). Interesting because the crowd is also shown. $15.00 tp
SNAKE CHARMER. "An Indian snake charmer / plays dance music for his / cobra, " well done home-made (and, hence, unique) postcard mailed 1963 from Franklin Massachusetts. $2.50 mp
SNAKE CHARMER. "Snake Charmers, Tangier" color post card with undivided back, unused, lightly toned back. Shown. $14.00 (tp) Divided back mailed 1913 in the United States, 2 corner creases, corner & edge wear. $10.00 (tp)
SOUVENIR VENDORS. "407 / Gaspé Nord, Que. / Jeunes gaspésiens vendeurs de bâteaux souvenirs avec / leur chien attelé à une solide charette de bois." showing 2 children vending souvenirs from a dog cart, chrome mailed 1988 within the province. $6.00 (dqp)
SPONGE DIVERS. "Greek sponge diver at the St. Nicholas boat line, / Tarpon Springs, Florida" including the ships Agatha & St. Nicholas in vertical format; unused continental postcard printed in the USA, numbered GS1002/3 in stamp box, excellent condition. $2.00 f(t)ps(s)
SPONGE DIVERS. "TARPON SPRINGS, FLA. / FOR DIVERS AUTOGRAPH / [Dionysus handwritten] / ST. NICHOLAS BOAT LINE / SPONGE DIVING EXHIBITION" showing him holding his helmet; continental souvenir postcard from a photo by R. D. Hyre, printed in the USA, excellent condition. The diver's full name was Dionysus Angelis. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & genealogical research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 f(t)ppag(a)n
SPONGE TRIMMERS. "Trimming Sponges, Nassau, Bahamas" postcard published by W. R. Saunders & I. O. Sands photographers (their number 52), a few very light spots of toning on back, strong corner crease through stamp box. $6.00 bp NEW / NEU / NOUVEAU
STEAM SHOVEL CREW. "Steam-shovel, / In a rock cut, / on the / Panama Canal" including the crew prominently & a bit of the nearby tracks, color post card with very late usage at Lehigh Oklahoma, one corner with small but multiple creases, mild corner & edge wear, long but very thin scrape at lower left front corner. $5.00 cp+
STEVEDORES. "No. 20. Loading Banana. Port Antonio" showing a long line of stevedores, each shouldering a bunch, about to go on a ship; unused black & white postcard from A. Duperly & Sons, toning near back bottom edge possibly from the printing process itself. $12.00 jfp
STEVEDORES. "PORT-SAID / Embarquement de charbons au bord / d'un bateau" showing coal being loaded by stevedores aboard the Hamburg American Line SILESIA (name plainly visible), unused color carte postale from Ephtimios Frères in Port Said, a little light toning along the bottom back edge, minor edge wear. $10.00 es(o)p
STEWARDESS / AIR HOSTESS / FLIGHT ATTENDANT. "Flying Hostesses of Eastern Air" showing 5 slender young ladies wearing nurses' caps, sweaters & white uniforms standing before a Ford Tri-Motor airplane, 3 steps to its entrance, 'US AIR MAIL' signed on its side. 'Aboard Airliner / Eastern Air Transport System' on back, unused postcard with good edges. According to a well-researched Chicago Tribune article of June 19 1989 written by Rita Cipalla: the first stewardesses served in 1930 aboard Ford Tri-Motors, but not for Eastern, and were definitely nurses; there were weight restrictions, accounting for the slenderness seen here; and Eastern began its first hostess service in 1931 on a Newark-to-Washington DC flight, with duties 'of a social nature' per a quoted Eastern manual. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. a(p)p
STEWARDESS / AIR HOSTESS / FLIGHT ATTENDANT. "IN FLIGHT with the Flagship Fleet / of AMERICAN AIRLINES, inc. / Good Morning! Bed time last night was 2000 / miles away. These Flagship Skysleeper berths are / actually large than twin beds--and really comfortable." postcard mailed October 1938 by a passenger to Mrs. Charles Johnson in West Allis Wisconsin. Comments in part: 'Mother & I are 11,000 ft. up on a trip to N. Y. It is a wonderful way to travel less than 4 hrs. Had a turkey dinner - very nicely served. Mother thinks this is the only way to travel. She is snoozing & snoring so you know how frightened she is ...' Long bottom corner bend, minor edge wear, unusual subject matter. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 a(p)p
STEWARDESS / AIR HOSTESS / FLIGHT ATTENDANT. "IN FLIGHT with the Flagship Fleet / of AMERICAN AIRLINES, inc. // P. S. Personalized Service on American Flag- / ships! The Stewardess is a regular Jill-of-all-Trades, / adept at everything from explaining land marks to / helping mothers feed their children." airline-published (logo on back) postcard mailed JUN 10 1940 from Dayton Ohio. Passenger comments: '... Came home on this plane. Some ride, liked it better than an auto.' Tiny bottom corner bend, a little light toning near the back edges. $9.00 a(p)p NEW / NOV / NY
STEWARDESS / AIR HOSTESS / FLIGHT ATTENDANT. "IN FLIGHT with the Flagship Fleet / of AMERICAN AIRLINES, Inc. / She Can Show You the Way to Go Home--- / by American Flagship. These Stewardesses are regular / Jills-of-all-trades, adept at everything from explaining / landmarks to helping Mothers with their children." unused airline-published (logo on back) postcard in excellent condtion. $9.00 a(p)p
STEWARDESS / AIR HOSTESS / FLIGHT ATTENDANT. "IN FLIGHT with the Flagship Fleet / of AMERICAN AIRLINES, inc. // These Happy Experts -- just finishing their / day's work--give you a good idea of what Ameri- / can means--and why it can talk with truth--about / offering 'The American Standard of Service" unused airline-published (logo on back) post card in excellent condition. $9.00a(p)p
"JOE USED TO BE AN / AIRLINE PILOT-- / HE CAN'T FLY / WITHOUT HIS / HOSTESS!" unused circa-1940 linen postcard from an undisclosed publisher, numbered AC-16 on back, good edges. Hard-to-find. $5.00 p& NEW / NOV / NY
STEWARDESS / AIR HOSTESS / FLIGHT ATTENDANT. "Jane Wyman plays an American Airlines stewardess in MGM's 'Three Guys Named Mike'" postcard photo taken by Ivan Dmitri, message written all over the back by an impatient passenger who is about an hour away from a loved one. $5.00 a(p)mpp
STEWARDESS / AIR HOSTESS / FLIGHT ATTENDANT. JAPAN AIRLINES. Unused continental postcard with signed art depicting a stewardess, printed by Mitsumura, good edges. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 a(p)jp
STEWARDESS / AIR HOSTESS / FLIGHT ATTENDANT. "One of the Pennsylvania-Central Airlines staff, / voted the 'Loveliest Air Hostess in America'." Back continues: 'IN FLIGHT WITH THE CAPITAL FLEET / -- ONE OF PENNSYLVANIA-CENTRAL / AIRLINES CHARMING AIR HOSTESSES'. Postcard mailed JUN 13 1949 at Cleveland Ohio to Mr. & Mrs. A. W. Ritter in Lorain Ohio, two internal creases join from the left front center edge just reaching her cap, trivial corner wear. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. a(p)ps
STEWARDESS / AIR HOSTESS / FLIGHT ATTENDANT. SABENA / SOCIETE ANONYME BELGE D'EXPLOITATIN DE LA NAVIGATION AERIENNE (Belgium). "Vous êtes en bonnes mains / avec / SABENA / LIGNES AÉRIENNE BELGES" showing a stewardess holding a child; unused oversize real photo postcard with the airline logo on back, light toning near the stamp box, otherwise fairly fresh. A colorized version of this postcard exists, but this is the hard one to find. $15.00 a(p)bp NEW / NOV / NY
STOCK EXCHANGE FLOOR TRADERS. "An Active Trading Post At The American Stock Exchange" animated scene with many floor traders signaling each other; black & white postcard, writing on back dates to 1961, faint corner crease. Seen offered elsewhere as high as $24.00(!), but we ask only $3.50. n(n)i(m)p(s) NEW / NOV / NY
STOCKYARD WORKERS. CHICAGO (COOK COUNTY). "Beef Cutting Dept., U. S. Y., Chicago" black & white, circa 1908, much writing on back. $20.00
STOCKYARD WORKERS. CHICAGO (COOK COUNTY). "Hog Hoist, U. S. Y., Chicago" black & white, circa 1908, writing on back mentions someone having typhoid fever, unusual subject matter. $20.00
STOCKYARD WORKERS. CHICAGO (COOK COUNTY). "Killing Sheep, U. S. Y., Chicago" black & white, circa 1908, unused, minor corner & edge wear, unusual subject matter. $20.00
STONEWARE VENDOR. "VENDEDOR DE LOZA / MEXICO. 147" real photo postcard of an roadside salesman of stoneware, good focus & contrast, tourist's handwritten message dated 1938 legibly over entire back, good edges. $5.50 m(g)p(s)
STRAW VENDOR. "Sevilla. Un vendedor de paja. / Coleccion Tomas Sanz, Sevilla. No. 90" showing a straw vendor with his heavily laden mule; unused photochrome post card with undivided back, trivial ding at one edge, otherwise exceptionally fresh for its age. Unforgettable image. $15.00 sp
SUBWAY FARE COLLECTORS. "HUDSON TUNNELS. / 14th St. & 6th Ave. Station, Downtown Side // Copyright 1908 by / A. Q. Southwick, N. Y. // 10696" showing subway fare collectors & a newsstand with publications such as Yachting & Variety displayed; unused black & white postcard, back paper browning unevenly with age, mild corner & edge wear. $9.00 sn(n)s(p)
SUGAR PLANTATION WORKERS. "SUGAR PLANTATION BARBADOS, CARTING SUGAR / CANES TO THE MILL" interesting work scene includes donkey-drawn wagons, woman sweeping up, and a man carrying a load on his head; circa-1924 black & white postcard from W. L. Johnson, unused, album impressions at the corners, slight yellowing of the paper with age, good edges. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 bp
SWEEPER. "No. 59. THACKER & CO. Ltd. Copyright / Manufactured in Great Britain" showing an Indian woman with pail and brushes, writing on back notes SS Cordilere on Red Sea 1921, much wear with creasing at 2 corners, unusual subject matter. $6.00 p
SWEET MEAT VENDORS. "SWEET MEAT VENDORS / Under the shade of a Flamboyant Tree..." in Fiji, unused chrome post card, interesting. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $2.00 fpt
TAILOR. "13. The Tailor" showing an Indian tailor at work, sepia-tone post card with very late usage at Des Moines New Mexico, short internal crease near the upper right front corner, minor corner rounding & edge wear, light but extensive toning on back is from the printing process itself. $3.75 ip
TEAMSTERS. "Mountain Teamsters, resting on / Horse-shoe Bend, / near Ashland, Ky." Kraemer Art post card numbered 1795 on back, printed in Germany, mailed at Ashland MAR 22 1909 to Mr. Loni Schmauch in Atlanta Georgia (from Nellie and Lillie who mention their Aunt Louise), minor corner & edge wear, rare. There are 2 wagons in line, going from left-to-right on an upward-sloping path as we see them, stopped with men dismounted to give their horses a rest. Rare: the only place we could find it was in the outstanding collection of the Kentucky Historical Society. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 k(a)kphg
TELEGRAPHERS / TELEGRAPH OPERATORS. "At my telegraph office at work / Fred McCollum" Azo (triangles up) real photo postcard with high contrast, uncaptioned so we use all the writing on the back, small bottom corner crease, oxidation consistent with circa-1910 age, very slight curl to the paper. $8.00 pg
TELEGRAPHERS / TELEGRAPH OPERATORS. CHICAGO & NORTHWESTERN RAILWAY / NORTH WESTERN LINE. Uncaptioned & unused Artura (round the stamp box, circa 1912 - 1918) sepia-tone real photo post card showing a telegrapher's office with 3 men, map of their multistate system discernable on the wall thanks to razor-sharp focus, exemplary contrast & composition, tiny bottom corner crease, otherwise excellent condition. Probably one-of-a-kind: no caption, no photographer credit, no publisher information. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. r(c)r(n)p
TEXTILE WORKERS. "This engraver tools human hands, / flowers and geometrical designs / on a copper printing cylinder...Congolese textiles" well done home-made (and, hence, unique) postcard mailed 1961 in US. $2.00
TINSMITH. "The tinsmith at work in his shop, Old Sturbridge / Village, Sturbridge, Massachusetts" chrome from a photo by Walter H. Miller, unused & interesting. $2.00 mp
TORTILLA MAKERS. "'Tostilleras,' name applied to Mexican women who make 'Tortillas.' The corn is boiled, / then mashed and rolled out on stone 'Metates'" postcard with mild corner wear, former owners markings in the back address area. $5.00 m(g)fp
TRAINMEN. "B. of R. T. 286" showing 5 members of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen Lodge 286 standing before locomotive 2252, sepia-tone real photo postcard mailed at Wellsville Ohio MAY 30 1910 to George Thorn in Palestine West Virginia by his brother 7 sister (giving their Wellsville address). Senders' comment: "This is the Engine Floyd works on. The card was taken in East Liverpool." Wellsville and East Liverpool were connected by a low-grade line of the Pennsylvania Railroad suitable for heavy freight that was not time-sensitive. Rare! Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. o(e)r(p)gup NEW / NOV / NY
TRAINMEN. Uncaptioned sepia-tone Azo (all triangles up) real photo post card showing locomotive 438 & five trainmen, good focus & contrast, heavily toned back, 2 internal creases. Part of the tender informs us the railroad's abbreviation ended in Y. $5.00 r(u)p
TREE TRIMMER. BINGHAMTON (BROOME COUNTY). "KRP-3191 / Tree Trimmer / Moonbeam" Binghamton New York QSL with commissioned Runnin' Bare style art, unused & fresh. $2.00 np
TUNNEL CONSTRUCTION WORKERS. "BUILDING THE McADOO TUNNEL, UNDER THE HUDSON RIVER, / NEW YORK / 209,700 JV." including 6 workmen, unused color souvenir postcard printed in Great Britain for Valentine & Sons' Publishing, 2 small spots of toning on back. $10.00 n(n)n(h)p
TURTLE FARM WORKER. "Selecting a specimen at Saltcreek Site, Grand Cayman." Unused chrome showing a turtle farm worker, unusual subject matter. The species they raise here is considered endangered, but they have thousands! Postcard sold. Still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size 72-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.50 cpe%
VEGETABLE VENDOR. "CAÑAS, VERDURAS.... 473." showing vendors of sugar cane & vegetables in the open air, unused Azo (squares in corners) real photo tarjeta postal with good contrast & interesting composition, 2 tiny spots on back, good edges. $5.00 m(g)p(v)
VEGETABLE VENDOR."Casablanca / Marchand de légumes" real photo postcard with excellent focus & contrast, from Edition L. M. in Casablanca, very late usage at Mesa Colorado, minor corner wear, short internal crease from the top center. $6.50 mp
VEGETABLE VENDOR. "Gibraltar. Vegetable sellers." near the J. Roscoe Glass & Brinsmead Piano storefronts, unused postcard from V. B. Cumbo. trivial corner & edge wear. The pianos were made in Kent and had several patented features for their frames, soundboards, bracings, etc. $7.50 gmp NEW / NOV / NY
VEGETABLE VENDOR. "Napoli - Costume - Venditore di erbaggi" showing a street vendor of green vegetables, unused sepia-tone postcard, very light album marks at the corners, fresh with good edges. There are different presentations of this scene, so check your albums. We believe this version to be scarce; we could not find it when we searched the Internet. $10.00 ip
VIOLIN MAKER. "Geigenbauwerkstätte in Mittenwald. Echt Foto 72 Schöpfer der Oktavgeige" showing the old violin maker Johann Reiter at work in his Bavarian factory, real photo postcard with interesting composition & exemplary contrast, deckled edges as issued. The instrument name is sometimes seen as Oktav-Geige, and very few were ever made. It is shaped like a cello, but is the size of a 17" viola, with a narrow chinrest, and it can be played with a cello or viola bow. His instruments now fetch over 2,000 British pounds at auction. $25.00 bmi(s)p(v)g
WAITERS. "Le Numéro de votre Canard 85,575 The Number of your Duck / (since 1890) / ...La Tour d'Argent..." showing a waiter carving a duck at the oldest restaurant in Paris France; black & white with dark red captions on brownish paper, unused, corner & edge wear. $20.00 fi(r)p
WAITRESSES. "3. Part of the Lunch Counter. / Sunset Inn, Batchawana, Ontario" with an unposed scene including waitstaff & patrons, postcard rack prominently in the foreground; sepia-tone real photo postcard mailed JUL 4 1952 from Sault Ste. Marie, upper corner crease just into the image, other corner wear is mild. Rare! Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 o(b)i(r)pp(w)
WASHERWOMEN. "13. Our Lavenderas, Manila. / 83784" showing several washerwomen at work, circa 1908 postcard, unused, removed neatly from a booklet. $3.00 pp(w)
WASHERWOMEN. "179. - KINDIA (Guinée Française). - Passage de la Ouauoa" at a lavoir or clothes washing place attended by 3 washerwomen, their children bringing them makeshift bags (probably sheets) of clothing, some clothes already spread out to dry; carte postale with toned divided back, pinhole near the top center. We have seen two other views of this place, none of them common. $8.00 fp(w) NEW / NOV / NY
WASHERWOMEN. "17.-LOS LAVADEROS, TAXCO GRO." showing many washerwomen at work, unused Papel Kodak real photo tarjeta postal, excellent composition & detail gives a you-are-there type of feeling, good edges. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (almost 2x original postcard area) 100-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.50 m(g)p
WASHERWOMEN. "40 NICE. -- La Jetée-Promenade et Lavandières. - LL." French carte postale without message mailed 3 -3 08 from Gare de Nice to Mrs. B. Moser in Mount Clemens Michigan, album marks at the corners, minor wear to the upper edge. The people in the foreground are washerwomen. $4.25 f(n)p
WASHERWOMEN. "LAVANDERAS EN TAXCO / Taxco, Grop." showing several washerwomen, chrome with round corners as issued. $1.25 mp
WASHERWOMEN. "México - Lavanderas / Washerwomen // F. K. Apartado N. 165 - México" showing 4 working at the water's edge, unused color tarjeta postal, even browning of the paper with age. $5.00 m(g)p
WATER CARRIER. "An old Mexican Water Carrier" stands near a boy holding a chicken, color tarjeta postal, unused, circa 1910 from the Newman Post Card Company, trivial wear to the top edge, otherwise surprisingly fresh for its age. $5.50 m(g)p
WATER CARRIER. "Artesische put met waterdragers. Java. / G. C. T. van Dorp & Co., Semarang-Soerabaia." showing water carriers around a well; briefkaart with undivided back, light toning both sides. Pertinent written comment: 'The Standard-oil can is one of the most useful articles in the East'. $8.00 ipo
WATER CARRIER. "Water Carriers in Mexico" showing a man, woman & girl at work. Postcard sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $2.00 m(g)p
WATER CARRIER. "INDES FRANÇAISES - Mali porteur d'eau" showing a water carrier, black & white, unused. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size & enhanced 72-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.50 fp
WATER CARRIER. "Porteurs d'eau. / 294 Lichtenstern & Harari. Commissions-Agents, Cairo" showing 5 water carriers filling up their bags, unused black & white carte postale on yellowish paper, toning in the front sky & and lower left front areas. $7.00 ep
WATER VENDOR. "19. - DJIBOUTI. - Vendeurs d'eau" with a camel-drawn cask, black & white post card mailed there 1914 (French Somali Coast stamp tied to France). corner crease, small corner crease, lightly toned back, lightly toned front. Postcard sold. Still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size 72-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.50 (dpau)
WATER VENDOR. "20 VENDEDORES DE AQUA. BARRANQUILLA" showing water vendors & their burros, sepia-tone post card printed by The Rotary Photographic Company Ltd. of London for Edicion Especial de Floro Manco; unused, undivided tarjeta postal, paper browning evenly with age. $12.50 cp
WATER VENDOR. "Cuba Vendedor de Agua. / Water Vendor in the Country." with 2 children selling water from an oxen-drawn barrel cart, unused tarjeta postal circa 192 - 1915, Edición Jordi No. 73, small smudge in the stamp box, trivial wear on one edge, otherwise fairly fresh. $8.00 cpu
WOODCARVERS. "Oberammergau. Mutter u. Kinder beim Schnitzen. / Verlag von Carl Aug. Seyfried & Comp., München" showing a mother & her 2 daughters carving wooden artifacts & souvenirs; unused monochromatic blue-green Postkarte with a little wear at the corners but otherwise fairly fresh for its age (circa 1900). Oberammergau has been an important center for woodcarving since the 12th century, and a school for them is located there now. $15.00 bpk& NEW / NOV / NY
WOODEN SHOE DECORATER. "Hand Decorating and Painting the Wooden Shoes / at Holland's Wooden Shoe Factory, US 31 ..." post card mailed there 1960, minor corner wear, very light toning near one bottom back corner. $2.50 m(h)p NEW / NOV / NY
WOODJOINER. "4.--Petits Métiers-- Menuisiers Chinois. / Chinese woodjoiner." black & white, circa 1915, unused, minor corner wear & rounding. $20.00 cp
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WOOD SELLER. "14. TAKIGI-WURI / (The Wood Seller)" color postcard with art, unused, undivided back, considerable corner & edge wear, couple small surface scratches, as is. $4.25
ZOO KEEPER. "1411 B HANDLING A PYTHON, / NEW YORK ZOOLOGICAL PARK" with 3 zookeepers trying to cope, official postcard with very late usage at Cowlesville NY, toned back, noticeable corner & edge wear, small bottom corner crease. $3.25 n(n)p(z)
ZOO KEEPER. "5047. B - TWO-HORNED AFRICAN RHINOCEROS / NEW YORK ZOOLOGICAL PARK" being fed, unused color postcard, official because it was issued by the park, tiny chip out of a back lower edge does not show through to the front, otherwise fresh & appealing. $10.00 n(n)p(z)a(r)
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