Snail's Postcard Post

O’Keefe’s Ghost Ranch

Mama Snail just returned from Ghost Ranch, where Georgia O’Keefe lived in Abiquiu, New Mexico. She thoughtfully sent and brought back these postcards!IMG_6535IMG_6537

IMG_6529IMG_6530IMG_6531Mama Snail learned that in order to receive the novel Abequiu postmark on this postcard, she had to take it to the Abiquiu post office. (If she just dropped it off at a regular mailbox, it would be circulated through Albuquerque instead.) She proudly documented her mission:securedownloadsecuredownload-1The bearer of the sacred postmark stamp!IMG_6532


O’Keefe’s friend John Candelario (1916-1993) was a seventh-generation New Mexican, passionate about his state. Candelario honed his photography skills over two years while traveling throughout Northern New Mexico with Edward Weston. The Museum of New Mexico also says he, “became a millionaire at age 22, was the 1958 state chess master, an[d worked as an] FBI operative.” friend of O’Keefe’s, Maria Chabot (1913-2001) is best known as the organizer of the Indian Market in the Plaza in Santa Fe. The daughter of a British ambassador to Mexico, Chabot’s interesting history includes the roles of WPA photographer, general contractor in the building of O’Keefe’s Abiquiu home, and manager of the ranch and orchard of eminent Indian artifacts collector Mary Cabot Wheelwright.drohojowska-philp2-11-6

Maria Chabot photographed by John Candelario, Ghost Ranch, 1942
(Museum of New Mexico photograph found on

Mama Snail also brought back the surreal photography postcard below. Doesn’t it look like a painting?
IMG_6544IMG_6545Geraint Smith is a Taos-based photographer devoted to the Southwest.

Come back for more photographs from the Land of Enchantment tomorrow when I’ll share some favorites from a postcard book of historic Santa Fe.

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