Hi! It’s me, Snail. My friend Clothes Horse went through my postcard collection. Here are her favorites.
Advertisement for Sew L.A. in Los Angeles’ Atwater Village. The shop offers specialty fabric, notions and sewing machines, and, best of all, classes. This postcard is of one of the fantastic instructors, sporting a frock from the 1950’s Dress Class.
The Hat Museum is a must for anyone in Portland, Oregon with a sense of curiosity. The proprietress, Alice, is peeking from the postcard’s corner. She’s a thoroughly Edwardian lady, and the only way to visit her establishment is by reservation. It’s a delightful adventure for a small group of friends. With a flare for performance, Alice will lead you from room to room of her purple house (coincidentally the home of a milliner at the turn of the century), educating you in the history of headwear, with 1,000 examples at hand–over 120 years of men’s hats, women’s hats, designer hats, hats from movies, and complete novelties. There’s even a gift shop where you can get a fancy headpiece for yourself.
Another boutique sender of colorful, funky, and exotic postcards was now-closed Uncle Jer’s in Los Angeles’ Los Feliz neighborhood. Uncle Jer’s also did exquisite gift wrapping, and is very much missed.