Thursday, September 10, 2009

Postcard from a homesick Goldendaler

Here we have a note home from Harold and Mabel...enjoying The Jewel of America's Finest City, but ready to head north to where their hearts are. TSG found this item quite intriguing because it was sent from our hometown (in 1958, no less!) As a matter of fact, the La Jolla Palms Hotel (now sporting the Holiday Inn Express label) is located a scant .9 miles from where TSG "popped out", as it were. Imagine our delight when we encountered this postal artifact in the gift shoppe of the Presby Mansion Museum!

Who knows whatever became of Harold, Mabel, or Roy--but TSG thanks them for the pleasure of a "small world" moment during the summer of aught nine.


Parm said...

So . . . there was a big box or something filled with old sent-and-received postcards and you rifled through them to find this one? Just, randomly?


What does a vintage, used postcard go for these days, presuming that neither the subject nor the persons named are of any particular special repute?

Willard Biscuit said...

Well, yeah, it wasn't a BIG box, but there were maybe a couple of hundred postcards in it. I always take a quick look at least when I encounter such ephemera at museums, antique stores, etc.

This particular card caught my looked like something from SoCal in the 50's. As you see, that's exactly what it was.

The surprising degree-of-separation locale and posting date made the card a must-buy to me. At just $1.00, I considered it quite a bargain.

I've purchased older cards for 3 times as much--I got one at Lake City, Colorado as a matter of fact. It was sent from Zion National Park in the 1930s. (The addressee's name and location escapes me at the moment.)

Parm said...

Ah yes. I now recall that Lake City card! Or rather, the purchasing of that card.

Coincidentally enough, I found a good handfull of old (used, posted, mailed-and-received) postcards buried in amongst my folk's things. Perhaps the Grasshopper would be amused to view these some day. Or not. Their subject matter is such as to have been of interest to immigrant pioneering Norwegians and their offspring.

Willard Biscuit said...

We at TSG would absolutely love to peruse your collection. Bye the way, a cow-orker of mine commented that he couldn't imagine "how you can possibly sort those out and divide them into all those categories." --- I had to confess that my collection had no such organization --- Other than being in boxes rather than stacked up in piles on the floor, that is.