Saturday, April 28, 2018

Maryland - State Hood on April 28, 1788


Area, 10,577 sq. mi.
Population, 4,781,468
Capital, Annapolis
Largest city, Baltimore
Statehood, April 28th, 1788
Nickname, Old Line State
Motto, Many Deeds Womanly Words
State bird, Baltimore Oriole
State flower, Black-eyed Susan
State tree, White Oak

Photos: Sidney Traub, Middleton Evans, Ron Haisfield

This unused postcard was giving to me in 2015.

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The Reason for the Nickname:
The Maryland 400 were members of the 1st Maryland Regiment who repeatedly charged a numerically superior British force during the Battle of Long Island during the Revolutionary War, sustaining heavy casualties, but allowing General Washington to successfully evacuate the bulk of his troops to Manhattan. This action is commemorated in Maryland's nickname, the "Old Line State."

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Nearer My God to Thee, The Song of the Titanic

Plus Pres de Toi Mon Dieu!
Nearer My God to Thee!

Celebre Cantique du "Titanic"
(Famous Song of the Titanic)

This is an unused 1912 postcard featuring the sheet music of the song that was played while the Titanic was sinking.  The words of the song are written in French and English.  

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Punta Gorda in Roatan, Honduras

Punta Gorda

Punta Gorda es el pueblo Garifuna de la isla (una mezcla de islenos afro-indigenas, caribenos y de indios arahuacos) y el mas antiguo de Centroamerica.  Los Garifunas arribaron a la isla el 12 abril de 1797 provenientes de la isla San Vicente y se apostaron en la bella region de Punta Gorda.

Punta Gorda is an old Garifuna town (a mix of Afro-indigenous islands, Caribs and Arawak Indians) located in Roatan.  It is the oldest Garifuna settlement in Central America.  They came from Saint Vincent Island on April 12, 1797 and settled in the beautiful area of Punta Gorda.

Photos by Eliab Perez

This unused postcard was bought in Honduras in 2014. 

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Bette Davis on Two Postcards

Bette Davis

This reproduction postcard was bought in 2014.

Although the card doesn't say it, this is from the movie 'The Letter'.

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The Letter is a 1940 American film directed by William Wyler, and starring Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall and James Stephenson.

The wife of a rubber plantation administrator shoots a man to death and claims it was self-defense, but a letter in her own hand may prove her undoing.
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Bette Davis
by Oscar da Costa

This postcard is unused.

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Ruth Elizabeth "Bette" Davis (April 5, 1908 – October 6, 1989) was an American actress of film, television and theater. Noted for her willingness to play unsympathetic characters, she was highly regarded for her performances in a range of film genres, from contemporary crime melodramas to historical and period films and occasional comedies, although her greatest successes were her roles in romantic dramas.