Sunday, August 15, 2010

Postcards from a different time

I found these postcards in a dime bin at the Book Eddy. They aren't great, but too good to be lost to an album in someone's basement.

The first two celebrate the Lobster Festival in Rockland, Maine. The first card doesn't have a date, but the second card talks about the Maine Seafoods Festival in 1955, also in Rockland.

There's a nice little story from the Bangor Daily Press about this year's festival, which took place last week. More info can be found at

Hazel Park, Michigan, sits in the heart of the southeast corner of the state. On May 29, 1966 they had a parade celebrating Memorial Day. The top card is the Hazel Park Jr. High School Band.

The Jr. High card says that this photo was taken at John R & 9 Mile Road.

The Hazel Park Sr. High School Band...

I don't know if the city still has a parade or if the schools participate in it. I'll contact them and see if they do.

For more postcards, take a look at my A Century of Ballparks post.

Friday, August 06, 2010

A Pickle For The Knowing Ones

Lord Timothy Dexter

Timothy Dexter was born in 1748 and died in 1806. He was an odd nut, to say the least, but he seemed to be in the right place at the right time. He sent Bibles to the East Indies, coal to Newcastle, mittens and warming pans to the West Indies. It is reported that he made a profit on them all. He married a wealthy widow. He wrote a book, A Pickle For The Knowing Ones. About 8,850 words. No punctuation and an interesting smattering of capital letters.

You can read his tome, courtesy of Google Books. There's a website devoted to him. And a nice blog post about him from last year from The Public "I", a blog I will now be following. I suggest that you do as well.