Sunday, February 14, 2021

A Fluffy Ruffles Valentine, by Raphael Tuck & Sons, ca. 1907


A hard to find Fluffy. The pantin would originally have had strings to make it a true jumping jack. A vestige of the original string remains, but the brads are still in place, although they might not be original to the doll. 

A Streetcar Valentine, 1903


This Tuck postcard (not mailed, undivided back, copyright of 1903) reminded me of The Daily Postcard and Streetcar Sundays. I hadn't check on the blog in awhile; the owner stopped blogging 8 years ago but kept her wonderful archives online. After perusing her blog, I'm beginning to think what is pictured here is an Interurban, a blend between train and streetcar that traveled faster, and between cities and countryside. The car is marked Broadway, and I can't help but think about how the outer boroughs like the Bronx were still rural in the early1900s.

Thank you Christine H. for the excellent images and historical research.

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! Stay safe.

Saturday, February 6, 2021

A Happy Hooligan Valentine

By permission of the New York American, copyright 1904

Raphael Tuck & Sons' Valentine Post Card, Series No. 11, "Hooligan." 

Undivided back. No postmark.