Dec 13, 2008

Pasadena Scene


Pasadena had streetcars in 1912. And the sky had a slightly greenish tint.


What I find hard to believe that even then the mail could find the addressee based on just a name in a city like New York. And what is "R.J.D.#4" ? A signature? So many mysteries...

13 comments:

altadenahiker said...

Oh, I have some old postcards too. I know they're worth more if never sent or written on, but I find that have the fun and romance. I think the letters are RFD, which stands for (let me look it up, here it is) Rural Free Delivery, meaning mail delivery to remote areas. So the #4 must have designated a rural route or something.

altadenahiker said...

half the fun, dammit. Half the fun. I need coffee.

Vanda said...

I agree, postcards that have something written on them are way better. Thanks on the RFD. I would have never figured it out on my own.

Miss Havisham's Tea Party said...

Ebay is a little treasure trove of old postcards and maps. I put in an alert to Pasadena, Pomona, Altadena, etc. and one never know what will turn up.

I really love this one. The handwriting is interesting, too.

mademoiselle gramophone said...

Vanda, your photos of Budapest are fascinating...wowo. love'm

Vanda said...

Thanks Mme Gramophone. I wish i could go back and take some more.

Miss H. I just went to a postcard fair today in the Valley. Some vendors had postcards for c25 a piece. Have you ever gone to any of these? They have them every couple of months in different places, sometimes in Glendale.

Miss Havisham's Tea Party said...

That sounds like something I could easily spend five hours doing. I'd love to go to one of those things.

Vanda said...

I've been to the Vintage Paper Fair and the NW Postcard Show before, but there are probably others. Have a hearty breakfast before you go.

Miss Havisham's Tea Party said...

Have you ever been to the Vintage Textile Show in Burbank? That's fun.

Vanda said...

Sounds interesting, though I probably don't need another venue to spend money on.

Petrea said...

Oh wow, I'd love to do a then and now with this card. I can't tell exactly which corner it was taken from. I'd have to take it downtown with me and stand around gazing.

pasadenaadjacent.com said...

Have you ever noticed how beautiful the penmanship is from bygone eras? A friend of mine who teaches typography sent me a invite awhile back that was so beautiful, I ended up throwing away the invite and keeping the envelope.

Vanda said...

Have you seen these postcards? I absolutely love it when people write on the front.