Saturday, April 20, 2013

Mystery photo: Women emerging from Christian Dior store

This photocopy of an old photograph is another one of the pieces of Valentine's Day ephemera that my wife gave me earlier this year.

It's definitely a mystery photo.
  • When was it taken?
  • Where was it taken?
  • Who are these women?
  • Was this before or after they went to the Farmers Market?


From 1916: Get a FREE Gocycle
(silly hat not included)

This is another dandy advertisement from the August 1916 issue of Little Folks, a magazine for children.1 (Back in February, I featured an item about Friend Soap and free baseball outfits.)

The Gocycle is what we would call the scooter or kick scooter these days. (Sarah loves riding her Razor.)

It's amusing to read the extensive advertising copy, which explains how safe the oak-and-iron Gocycle is and how it will help encourage children of 1916 to put down those nasty books (or whatever is keeping them inside) and go get some fresh air and exercise:

  • "The Gocycle is an entirely new departure from anything on the market and will take the place of roller skates, eliminating all danger and providing a much more exhilarating exercise."
  • "One shove on a level floor, sidewalk or street glides the rider forward for a remarkably long distance."
  • "It will be enjoyed by the children for its sport, and appreciated by parents because of the health-giving out-of-door exercise it stimulates."

1. For a bit more on children's magazines of this era, see "Secular Magazines for Victorian Children" by Siobhan Lam.

Papergreat is back, and these fruit ladies could not be happier!

Sorry about the hiatus.

Papergreat returns today in a big way, with new posts in the morning, afternoon and evening. (Check back often! Tell your friends!) And we have the finest selection of fruits and ephemera, and fruit ephemera, for your browsing and intellectual needs.

These two colorful postcards (likely from the 1960s) feature well-dressed women in high heels doing some fruit shopping at the famous Farmers Market in Los Angeles, California.

The Farmers Market is still around and dates to 1934, according to the detailed history on its website. At the start, farmers were charged just 50¢ per day for rent. Over the years, the market has hosted circus acts, parades and petting zoos. Check out the website's Market Facts for interesting connections regarding Gilmore Oil Company (including Blu-Green and Red Lion gas), Du-par's Restaurant and Bakery, Magee's Nuts, Bob's Donut & Pastry Shop, Chef Baloni, Gilmore Field, Gilmore Stadium, the Hollywood Stars baseball team, Jayne Mansfield, James Dean, Walt Disney, and much more.

When it comes to postcards of businesses and tourist attractions, I always wonder whether the people pictured are real customers or models/actors. In the case of these two postcards, I think I have to lean toward them being posed models. In either case, though, I wonder if the people featured on postcards know about their "fame" and pass that information down to other family members through the decades. Or maybe it's just left to chance that someone sorting through old postcards might come upon Great Aunt Henrietta, wearing a big hat.

So I wonder who these women are. And if any of them are someone's Great Aunt Henrietta.

Finally, here's the logo on the back of these two postcards. These were Plastichrome postcards by Colourpicture, a Boston company. According to the Metropolitan Postcard Club of New York City, Colourpicture was in business from 1938 to 1969. The company began with linen postcards, moving into the Plastichrome postcards and spiral-bound souvenir booklets in the 1950s.

Monday, April 15, 2013

The "Cradle of Liberty" in Boston

Undated "Tichnor Quality Views" postcard of Faneuil Hall in Boston

Red Cross: How to help today's Boston Marathon bombing victims