Sunday, February 9, 2020

Vintage postcard: "The Night Marauder"

Our "Bears in Postcards" series (see Jan. 29, Jan. 23) continues with this linen postcard of "The Night Marauder" ⁠— just a very good boy (or girl) looking for a snack ⁠— at Allegany State Park in New York.

Here are the vital statistics for the card: The photograph was by Ceylon Newton (a name that leads mostly to dead ends on Google). This is a Genuine Curteich-Chicago "C.T. Art-Colortone" postcard. It was published by A. Wolfmueller of Buffalo, New York, as No. 115 in its series. This is the caption on the back:
Playground of Western New York
This bear, like many others, comes out of hiding after sunset, looking for food. This one, a special tough customer, did not want to leave his overturned trash can, even after a series of flashbulbs were shot off to take this picture.
The postcard was mailed from Quaker Bridge, New York, on August 1, 1959, with a purple 3¢ liberty stamp. It was sent to the Spencer residence in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and this is the cursive note:
We arrived safely and find the park very nice. We haven't seen any bears but many racoons [sic]. We went to Niagara Falls.
See you.
The Brackbills"


  1. Any chance you want to sell this? It was done by my wife’s grandfather

    1. If I still have this postcard (not sure), I'll be glad to send it to you. Email me at