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Vintage Views

Look what I found at Stories Books and Cafe in Echo Park, Los Angeles…IMG_9230“Buffalo at Quanah Parker Lake in Wichita Wildlife Refuge–Medicine Park, Okla.”

Established in 1901, Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge has played an important role in keeping buffalo roaming the southern Great Plains. By about 1880, buffalo were extinct in the region. But in 1907, a group called the American Bison Society brought fifteen buffalo from the New York Zoo to the Oklahoma refuge. Influential Comanche chief Quanah Parker travelled to the Wildlife Refuge to welcome the buffalo home. The park shelters many more species, including elk, prairie dog, otter, armadillo, turkey, burrowing owl, and an endangered little songbird, the Black-Capped Vireo.Black-capped-Vireo

IMG_9231 1962
Hi Aunt Martha,
After doing Okmulgee, Henryetta, Checotah, and Eufaula, I just finished Porter and am on my [way] to Coweta and home. I have been on the way since Monday and am tired. I am glad for the long week-end comming up. Love to Beth (?)

Do you suppose Ralph was a traveling salesman? 


IMG_9232“Papago Indian making Pottery: This tribe is located on two reservations near Tucson and another near Maricopa in Southern Arizona. The women manufacture baskets and pottery principally for their own use but a ready sale is found for same by collectors.”

As is the case with most Southwestern tribe names, “Papago” was a Spanish mangling of an unfavorable name used by other, competing tribes. The Papago call themselves Tohono O’odham, and are now recognized as such. Approximately 20,000 Tohono O’odham live throughout the Sonora Desert, straddling the United States and Mexico. The culture is known for its baskets more than its pottery. Today, the Tohono O’odham–both women and men–weave more baskets than any other Native American tribe. TO-Baskets-337x450

(Tohono O’odham baskets, Arizona State Museum)

IMG_9233Mar. 22 (1948)
Dear Mrs. Smith:
We did not like it at Phoenix, so we left in 2 days for El Paso + like it much better.
Telegram from Wm. says he will come out here to see us + maybe Allen will too. We are very happy over it. We will not get home as soon as we expected because Wm. can’t come till the 30th. Hope you are well.
Ruth A A.


IMG_9234“Outdoor Dining “Original” Farmers Market Hollywood, California”

I like this postcard because it’s a candid snapshot, the real 1960s, but not without visual care. The photographer (one Frank Thomas, apparently) created play between the colorfully dress three diners and the three umbrellas.  

We just had lunch Jessie, Anne, a friend and I. Encino in a ________ (?) this AM. Beautiful day. Lots of people all strangers.
Really wish you were here. Our best
Jessie + Ray


IMG_9236“Greetings from Crystal Lake” (Angeles National Forest, California)IMG_92371970
Dear Olive
I like this country real well. Nice + hot here. Have lost considerable weight. Be seeing you soon.
Love Diane


“Boys If You Must Fight We Will Do Your Work At Home.”

We know well of the Rosie the Riveters who labored in the factories, drove the cabs, kept up the farms during World War II. This photo reveals that women had also taken on new responsibilities (and thus enjoyed new freedoms) in World War I.

In Britain, according to First World “Approximately 1,600,000 women joined the workforce between 1914 and 1918 in Government departments, public transport, the post office, as clerks in business, as land workers and in factories, especially in the dangerous munitions factories, which were employing 950,000 women by Armistice Day.”   

Once the United State joined the war in 1917, the jump in women workers proved a major force in the passage of women’s suffrage in the U.S. in 1920. (Late on both counts. Tsk tsk)    

While the photo is from WWI, the postcard is from 1977, the year of the National Women’s Conference, an event unlike the U.S. had seen since the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848. 

Simple postcards can be meaningful reminders. 

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