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The online gallery below showcases a sampling of these postcards and their fascinating use of hand-applied embellishment.

Some of the people in the car look down over the passenger side doors at the little toy car. Some distance back behind the float there is a band of black musicians. Other signs can be seen in the image including one with the word "Creamery" on the building on the right. There is a 1 1/2" long diagonal crease that can be seen in the photo just to the left of center in the upper part of the postcard. The horse on the right wears a patriotic star blanket.

The tin toy car in the image is a German litho tin windup limousine with a chauffeur driver. One of the band members carries a banner that says "Sarabia". The second floors of the buildings also have black spectators (mostly children) leaning on the railings. What can be read of that sign is: "rseheads Creamery Store House." Perhaps the "rse" is part of the name "Horseheads"? A sign over the top of the building on the left reads either "A. There is some light soiling and stains on the address side of the postcard. Early twentieth century real photo postcard showing a man flying a biplane over buildings, churches, and residences. The card was never addressed & it was never mailed. The post card has a divided back & an AZO stamp box with four triangles pointed up at the corners. Five original RPPC (real photo post cards) showing a man with a peg leg with his horse Toddax.

One postcard shows seven German officers on horseback and others standing around. There is an inscription in German in the negative that shows the years 1915/16. Four of the postcards are of landscapes and are described as follows: White printing in the lower part of the cards identifies the locations as: "Fern Forest, Hawaii," "Royal Palm, Honolulu," "Blow Hole, Oahu T. There are lots of early cars in the photo & a very unusual truck.

There appears to be a pile of potatoes or other root vegetable in front of one soldier. We are guessing that "Fuime" is the name of the town in the photo. The back has an inked notation "Italian Calvary at rest after passing stand June 1-1919". This is a sharp black & white photo with superb detail. The box where the stamp is placed has the following printed on the top, bottom, left, and right of the box: "AZO" with small black printed squares in the corners of the box which would indicate the 1926-1940's era. The fifth postcard to be described shows Bishop Street Honolulu, Hawaii.

The postcard has a divided back with the Cy Ko corner stamp box from the 1904 to 1920's period. This is an original RPPC photo postcard card which shows Elevyn Meenen standing next to a steel toy airplane. The photo is a beautiful & very sharp black & white silver print. This postcard was found in York, PA with several other views of a biplane that performed at the York Fairgrounds but we don't know if this is the same biplane that was in the other views. Howe has signed the card & dated it on the front "Mr. He has also signed & dated the card on the back 1/29/17 Love & Kisses from Thomas". The cards are all in crisp, fresh, near mint condition.

The postcard shows shadows on the back from having been in an album page. Possibly the toy airplane was made by Dayton Friction Company. There is an embossed blindstamp of the photographer at the bottom left corner "Pemberton St. The card which is in superb condition has an undivided back with an Artura (or Artur) stamp box. The photograph is printed upsidedown relative to the address side.

The albums, visually interesting in their own right, contain over 800 real photo postcards that circulated Europe nearly 100 years ago.

In addition to being romantic eye candy, the eclectic collection sheds light on life in the 20s and 30s, historical photographic printing techniques, and the impact of the modern postcard.

Click here for our Links page which has the Playle's link and many other helpful reference links on antique and vintage photography. The pedal car has an oval "American" name tag on the front. The card was never addressed & it was never mailed. At the left edge of the photo below the table top is a teddy bear wearing a dress which is facing away from the camera. post office The photo is marked by the photographer in the negative at the lower right corner "No. The photo is of an outdoor scene from Easton, Pennsylvania which shows 14 lodge members, an American flag, & a man looking out of the post office window. There is a 1/2" area on the left side of the photo where a finger touched the surface causing the fingerprint spot to have a mat finish rather than the glossy finish as present on the rest of the photo. Otherwise, the card is in excellent condition just like it turned up in a Pennsylvania estate. There is a brown circle on the front from where a glass once sat on the card.

Occasional fakes of highly collectible subjects turn up and can be spotted by a close examination of the address side of the card where dust shadows have been printed rather than acquired from age. This is an original real photo postcard of a family outside. Original RPPC (real photo post card) showing a young kid with a very large tin toy train engine. The card was never addressed & it was never mailed. One hand of the girl is supporting a doll that sits in a wooden homemade tiller type automobile with a bell on the front. This looks like it occurred in the making of the card just before it dried & is probably the fingerprint of the photographer. The card is in fresh near mint unused condition just like it turned up in a Pennsylvania estate. This is an original real photo postcard of the Middletown Fire Apr 9, 1910 which took place in Middletown, Pennsylvania. The back is slightly soiled & has been addressed but not mailed. Original RPPC (real photo post card) showing the J. In the circle there is a minute 1/16" diameter indentation in the paper. This is an original real photo postcard of a parade.

This is an original real photo postcard of a young boy sitting in a soap box derby type race car. The back is inscribed in German in pen & pencil & is dated 1927. There is a photographic backdrop behind him that depicts a woodsy landscape. It has a divided back and the "K Ltd" stamp box of the 1918 to 1936 period. Next to the Lehmann toy is a German carousel with tin figures of a goat & people on horses. This photo is a very scarce & appealing cyanotype blue toned photo with a mat finish. Possibly a small Mardi Gras parade thru either a small Louisiana town or a less populous area of the city of New Orleans. On the back of the float there are two American flags & one flag of some other sort. The horse on the left wears a patriotic star blanket.