Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Vintage Thingie Thursday - Postcards

Another Vintage Thingie Thursday is here - my how time flies! Don't forget to check out all the wonderful vintage treasures at Colorado Lady!

This week I'll show you a tiny bit of my postcard collection. Most of it is packed away at the Squash House but this framed collage is still with us. These are postcards from Mr. Squash's hometown of Bridgeton, New Jersey in Cumberland County. It's a small rural town in Southern New Jersey. Several years ago the Nature Conservancy called it one of the "last best places in the US". I could tell you so much about this wonderful area, but I will try to keep it short. There are many farms and orchards in the area and a lot of great places to sport fish for Weakfish and Blues in the Delaware Bay.
Amazingly these postcards are hard to find and I have seen some really rambunctious bidding for them on eBay! Top right is a Civil War memorial. Middle left and right are pictures of the raceway going through town which is water that was diverted from Sunset Lake to run a mill. You can still walk along the path and bridge. Bottom left is the old country club and bottom right is the old high school where Mr. Squash's dad taught and later became princial.
The one above is my favorite! I've never seen anything like it!
Above is the old Broad Street church dating from the 1700's. It still stands just as it is, but there are now quite a few more residents of the cemetary since this postcard was made!
This is the lake at Parvin State Park just outside of town. Mr. Squash spent a lot of time here and at Sunset Lake in his youth. Parvin State Park was named after one of Mr. Squash's cousins family! Thanks for visiting!


~~Carol~~ said...

Great collection of postcards, and great history too. They must be very precious to Mr. Squash! I love that butterfly one too. It's very unusual, and a little work of art!
Happy VTT!

Maureen said...

They are all great postcards but if you taking a vote, I like the last one at the lake.

Jane said...

I love vintage postcards and have a few collected. Thanks for sharing yours.

knutsel Rein said...

Wonderful collection.

marian said...

i love old've got a fab collection!

Ulla said...

This is a lovely collection and must be great to see those places as they were in the past.

Miri said...

Wonderful postcards! I have to agree-the butterfly postcard of scenes of the town is unique-beautiful and clever too!

Libby said...

What a great collection of cards - even more special because they are so personal . . . the best kind of collection there is *s*

Stephanie said...

That butterfly one really caught my eye. I enlarged the photo. For years I've saved postcards I've received from all over the world. Love that these are framed.

Postcardy said...

I love the butterfly postcard, and that is a really good framing job. I have a lot of postcards, but I have never framed any.

Coloradolady said...

That butterfly post card is so cute and unusual, I also love the lake scene...vintage postcards are so charming....What a great collection!

Have a great VTT and a wonderful weekend.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Great postcards! Love the history behind them. Happy VTT!


Lisa said...

Being a Jersey Girl, I can really appreciate these!

Purple and Paisley said...

you have such neat stuff...your collections amaze me...☺

Granny Lyn said...

how interesting! I just love the history and folklore of small towns, AND these postcards are a way of reminding your husband of his hometown. Double the wonderfulness!! (the butterfly is my favorite, too, so unique!)

Julia said...

What a precious collection of memories! We could use a few more simple places like that in America today.

I have so enjoyed these Vintage posts! Thanks for sharing!

*karendianne. said...

Candace, these really are neat! Thanks for sharing. I'm glad I stopped by.

Kay said...

Attractive display too!

The Crazy Suburban Mom said...

Well, being from NJ this was a fabulous VTT for me! I really enjoyed it although Ive never been to this area! I grew up in Morris county!

PlantSomeRoots@Lakewood said...

Vintage postcards can really capture the history of an area.
Thanks for sharing!
Living it up at Lakewood,

LV said...

You have a wonderful vintage collection of cards. You did good bykeeping them and in such condition.

Elizabeth said...

Great collection; I really like that unusual fairy/butterfly, also.

Jan Ely said...

HOw fun, a great way to have little works of affordable art too!

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

I love vintage postcards. I have some of Venice Italy. Yours are pretty fab. I've never been to New Jersey. Thanks for visiting my blog & leaving me a comment.

Jingle said...

This is really neat! That butterfly faery one is really quite cool!

Anonymous said...

I like your favorite, how gorgeous is that!
I've just recently come to appreciate postcards, so much wasted time! They really are miniature works of art:)

Kathi Fly said...

I love old postcards. I pick some up every once in a while. You have a very meaningful collection and they are displayed nicely.

The imPerfect Housewife said...

LOVE the postcards!!! Those are such great treasures, too. I like how you framed them also - what a great idea ~ ♥

Tootsie said...

what a nice collection you have. I have never collected postcards...and until I started blogging, didn't realize it was such a great thing to keep!
I think I have only seen a couple of them in this area in recent months...might have to start picking them up as I go!


The butterfly is my favorite also,what a nice collection you have!

Barb said...


thanks for coming by.
i love that butterfly pic.


barbara jean

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

I love the idea of framing your postcards. They are really awesome!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for showing part of your collection. I love looking at old postcards especially of places I know as I can then see the changes time has brought.

Kaaren said...

I love the colors on your vintage postcards.

Many people collect them and have never been to the places that are depicted on them. Yours are special in that they're a part of Mr. Squash's heritage.

Thanks for sharing, Candace. Love your vintage Thursdays.

Carrie P. said...

Fun! The butterfly is my favorite too. I am glad I could enlarge it. Thanks.

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