HALLEY’S COMET. GLOBE. DANCER.

Picture postcards sometimes have interesting pictures. I don’t usually buy cards without a specific Arizona themed picture, but I could not pass on this one. Halley’s Comet in the post intrigued me. The card is dated May 16, 1910. If you are an astronomy buff, you may recognize the significance of the date. I will…

THANKSGIVING. JOKAKE. SALAD BOWL.

I am making my annual Thanksgiving plans, which almost always involve Arizona, no matter where I actually live.  There’s nothing like The Valley of the Sun in the winter. While astronomically speaking winter won’t arrive for almost another month, Thanksgiving, to me is part of winter. Perusing my now, rather large postcard collection, I came…

FRED HARVEY. GLAMPING. WHIPPLE STATION.

Second post today, which is also Valentine’s Day and Arizona’s birthday!  I believe this postcard solves the mystery of my recent post entitled Tents. Dresses. Whipple Station. The moment I saw this card, I thought – my mystery card is solved. The men’s uniforms are strikingly similar, tents and trees provide the backdrop and here…

TENTS. DRESSES. WHIPPLE STATION.

Hi All – writing today about a mystery postcard I picked up somewhere and what I believe is its sister. I am calling them sisters because the dresses are amazing. I’ve had an adventure attempting to figure out this postcard, which included writing to several friends, Arizona historians, and various museums around Arizona. I found…

PETRIFIED BISCUIT. PONY EXPRESS. SOUTH PASADENA.

To Love Letter Readers, Sherry Dewane here – finally, writing again. Today’s post made a trip from Holbrook, Arizona, to South Pasadena, California. My friend, Bianca, who currently lives in South Pasadena gave me this card. I don’t know and haven’t asked, but I suspect she found it somewhere in the area, since it was…

MY DEAR MA. SQUIRREL WHISKEY.

“The grass is always green and the orange’s (sic) always bloom.” I start this post with a sentence from our writer. This is a charming card in every respect. Our writer sends the card from Bisbee, Arizona, October 10, 1912. Arizona had become a state a few months before our writer sent this card to…

SATURDAY CLUB. APPLES. BONNETS.

As I write this post, I feel like I’ve found new friends, or old friends, or a friend lost in time. This card led me down a garden path to Hiawatha, Kansas. It appears our sender arrived in Phoenix on December 31, 1908 by train from Kansas. The writer dates the card 12-31- 1909 and…

RACINE. LUCILLE. COMPUTERS.

Going back to my family’s hotel, the year now is 1963, about 8 years before my parents bought it. This postcard was sent March 2, 1963 from Ed and Lucille To Mr. and Mrs. Luedke in Racine, Wisconsin. “Saturday, March 2. “Sure is nice here & we are relaxing in the Valley of the Sun.…

TEDDY BEAR. THUNDER GOD. SUPERSTITION RUMBLING.

Dear Readers: It is spring and the desert is in glorious and exuberant bloom. Ocotillo, saguaro, prickly pear, roadside flowers, Palo Verde, Ironwood, indigenous and exotic. Pollen tinges everything pale yellow. Colors so vivid, bright, intense that I need sunglasses to look at the desert. These are the Superstition Mountains, of the legendary Lost Dutchman,…

WINTER WEARY BUSINESSMAN. TWA.

Dear Readers: While this postcard was never sent, I, nevertheless find a story here. This a Transworld Airlines 1950 promotion to the “Winter Weary Businessman” (which I love in so many ways!). “TWA Phoenix, Arizona – in the Valley of the Sun! Swimming and riding, hunting and fishing, golf, or just plain loafing in the…