Tuesday, April 30, 2013
This is not only a fabulous interior snapshot of an old New York City restaurant -- it allows us to eavesdrop on someone who worked in restaurants geared toward working people. Childs, one of the first national dining chains, pioneered low-cost meals in a clean place -- not a greasy spoon. Pancakes were flipped in the front window.
"Where I am working now," the sender writes on the front. On the reverse, she continues: "This will give you a idea of a N.Y. lunch room. Just like Wolfes only larger." I'm assuming it is a woman writing, but it could be a man. The recipient is Miss Rosetta Shillau in Providence, R.I. care of Haydens Restaurant.
According to Wikipedia, Childs opened its first restaurant in 1889, and was a pioneer in design, service, sanitation and labor relations -- it had an employee stock ownership program in the 1920s. One of the founding Childs brothers imposed his vegetarian diet on customers around 1927, and it weakened the business. By the 1930s, new owners restored meat to the chain, which went through further contractions until the restaurants were subsumed into a new conglomerate company that includes Dunkin Donuts and other restaurants.
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Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Did Senator Bill send this birthday card to his sister in 1935? That's what it looks like. You might be the lucky one to greet this lovely card on the freebie table at Morgantown.
Monday, April 15, 2013
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Wednesday, April 10, 2013
This is a 3-D or pop-up postcard. The figures bend, and the card folds to create a little dollhouse scene. The black rag doll is the infamous Golliwog character, beloved by some, despised by others. The character, created in 1895 by Florence Upton, was popular in the U.K., not so much here. The last part of the name has become a racial epithet. I've heard women who grew up with the doll (or studied it for research) vigorously defend it as a cuddly, benign figure. I remember as a child reading Black Sambo, a figure that carries the same baggage as Golli. I think the definitive interpretation of Golli can be found here. I'm glad we're all more aware of how toys shape our thinking as children, and how destructive they can be for a child's self image, and his perception of others.
Mansell is a well known publisher of fine prints, in business since 1910. The company is best known for glamour cards and hunting scenes, according to the Metropolitan Postcard Club of New York City.