Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A Vintage Postcard Tour of Old Atlanta, Early 1900's

These postcards are too fascinating not to share!  They are all located in my store at Birdhouse Books.  

Above, Atlanta by Night - early 1900's vintage.  The Flatiron Building is in the foreground.  This is the intersection of Peachtree and Broad.

Below, Hotel Ansley in Atlanta.

Above, Walton Office Building, Atlanta.  1911 postmark.

Below, Piedmont Hotel, Atlanta.  1920 postmark.

Below, "Just a Word From Atlanta - Hope to See You Soon."  Central Congregational Church, Atlanta.  1918 postmark.

Below, U.S. Post Office, Atlanta.  Early 1900's.

Particularly interesting to me - I had no idea this place ever existed!  Grant Park Skating Rink, Atlanta.  1911 postmark.  This is in the area where you now will find the Cyclorama and Zoo Atlanta.

You'll find these vintage postcards and more vintage Georgia (Atlanta, Savannah, more) items at Birdhouse Books.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Playland at the Beach Amusement Park in San Francisco

Have I mentioned how much I love Roadside Americana postcards?   I especially love older amusement park cards.  I am so happy to have collected a huge box of amusement park postcards, and I'm going through them and listing them individually on eBay.  It is neat to read about the history of the different amusement parks and theme parks.  This beautiful card is called Shooting the Chutes, San Francisco, California.   I did some research and found out this card was from Playland amusement park.  This old amusement park was started in the early 1900's and was torn down in 1972.  Shoot the Chutes, the ride pictured in this card, was a bit like a log flume ride.  This ride began in the early 1900's (and the card pictured is early 1900's vintage as well) and was demolished in 1950.  

I'll admit to you, dear reader, that I'm a just a little bit obsessive about 20th century American social history and popular culture history -- most especially Roadside Americana.   I went on a search for links about Playland amusement park, and have some great ones to share with you:

Playland at the Beach - San Francisco Public Library - old photos
The Dark Side of San Francisco's Playland Amusement Park - Laff in the Dark - about dark rides at the park
Playland at the Beach - PDXHistory site
Playland - Western Neighborhood Project - includes a message board
Musee Mechanique - current museum in San Francisco, featuring mechanical amusements from the original Playland, including Laffing Sal
Laffing Sal at Musee Mecanique - a Youtube video (just a little bit spooky!)

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Sewing to the Dogs at Birdhouse Books

I love dogs (most especially small dogs) and also enjoy sewing, so these cute sewing patterns really appeal to me.  One - McCall's M5677 - is for dog beds, pet beds, cat beds - including a FABULOUS little canopy bed for your small dog or cat.   It is so cute and so unusual!    The other pattern, McCall's Crafts M4686, has patterns to sew a matching coat, leash, and dog mat for your little pal.  So cute!   You'll find these goods at: Dog Patterns at Birdhouse Books

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Savannah Cookbooks

I love Southern cooking, and especially love cookbooks from Savannah.  I just added three special Savannah cookbooks - all hard to find - in my store:

  • A Musical Feast Savannah Symphony Cookbook 1990 Georgia
  • A Symphony of Sweets Savannah Georgia Cookbook 1993
  • Savannah a la Carte Symphony Cookbook 1999 Georgia

Johnny Harris Onion Soup, Champagne Salad, Honey Glazed Baby Carrots, Savannah Red Rice (note -- one of my favorite recipes -- delicious!), Mrs. Wilkes Sweet Potato Souffle, Chicken Breast with Tarragon, Lulu's Fettucini, Cherry Pudding, Chocolate Cream Cheese Cupcakes, Applesauce Cake, Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Walnut Cookies, Peach Custard Pie, Cranberry Ice, Butternut Sweet Potato Pie, Carrot Raisin Muffins, Johnny Harris Mud Pie, Brunswick Stew, Vincent Russo's Deviled Crab, Picnic Crawfish Salad, Savannah Brittle Bread, Blueberry Pineapple Crisp, Pecan Pralines, White Bean and Shrimp Salad, Chutney and Walnut Chicken Salad, Apricot Rum Cake, Philip's Apple Tart, more.

Are you hungry yet?

You'll find these cookbooks here: Savannah cookbooks at Birdhouse Books

Friday, July 1, 2011

Christmas in July at Birdhouse Books

It's Christmas in July at Birdhouse Books!   I just got in a fabulous estate collection of antique and vintage Christmas ornaments.   They were so much fun to photograph and list - and I wanted to share them with you!   Newly listed ornaments include:
  • Santa Claus ornament -- clip-on  -- 1950's to 1960's vintage
  • Tiny metal bell with candy cane decal -- Mid-Century vintage
  • Tiny molded plastic Santa Claus ornament -- just over 1" high -- probably 1940's -- older ornament
  • Lot of red plastic Santa Claus boot ornaments -- ready to fill with candy or treats
  • My personal favorite!  Lot of hard molded plastic Snowman ornaments -- ready to fill with candy canes or lollipops
These ornaments are all located at Birdhouse Books on eBay - hope you'll take a look!