Archive for the ‘Americana’ Category

Maine Red Hot Dogs for the 4th

July 7, 2018

 

We had Maine red hot dogs at the store as a 4th of July treat. These dogs come in thick dyed-red casings so tough you have to rip them apart with your hands pulling against your teeth. When you chew the part you have torn off, the meat squishes out the open end and you are left with the insoluble casing that you can either swallow whole or spit out.

One of the girls looked over at me in the break room. “It’s like chewing a stuffed balloon!” she said.

Actually she didn’t say balloon, but I blush at a more exact quotation.

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Simple Valentines from the 1930s

February 12, 2018

As Valentine’s day approaches, I thought I’d share these vintage valentines. My mother, Viola Smetzer, saved them from her school days in the 1930s until her death in 1998. Most of the ones in this post are fairly simple. They are either flat or folded like most cards. I have captured them with a scanner. In a following post I hope to present valentines that open up to three dimensions. Those, of course, require a camera and are trickier to set up.

I find a sweet but rough-hewn innocence in these cards. Although these cards are clearly Americana, it is interesting that many were printed in Germany.

Valentine from Bellamy - Kept by Viola Smetzer

Valentine from Bellamy

Valentine from Vivian 2 - Kept by Viola Smetzer

Valentine from Vivian 2

 

Valentine from James - kept by Viola Smetzer

Valentine from James. The canoe slides forward.

 

Valentine from Lenorah 1 - Kept by Viola Smetzer

Valentine from Lenorah 1

Valentine from Lenorah 1 inside - Kept by Viola Smetzer

Valentine from Lenorah 1 inside

 

 

 

 

 

Valentine from Lenorah 1 back - Kept by Viola Smetzer

Valentine from Lenorah 1 back

 

Valentine from Virginia - Kept by Viola Smetzer

Valentine from Virginia

 

Valentine from Dorothy 2 - Kept by Viola Smetzer

Valentine from Dorothy 2

Valentine from Dorothy 2 inside - Kept by Viola Smetzer

Valentine from Dorothy 2 inside

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valentine from Don, Kept by Viola Smetzer

Valentine from Don

 

Valentine from Virginia 2 - Kept by Viola Smetzer

Valentine from Virginia 2

Valentine from Clista - Kept by Viola Smetzer

Valentine from Clista

 

Valentine from Dorothy, Kept by Viola Smetzer

Valentine from Dorothy

 

Valentine from Kathryn - Kept by Viola Smetzer

Valentine from Kathryn

Valentine from Kathryn inside - Kept by Viola Smetzer

Valentine from Kathryn inside

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valentine from GS, Kept by Viola Smetzer

Valentine from GS

 

 

 

 

Valentine from Berne - Kept by Viola Smetzer

Valentine from Berne.

Inside of Valentine from Berne - Kept by Viola Smetzer

Inside of Valentine from Berne.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valentine from Vivian - Kept by Viola Smetzer

Valentine from Vivian

Valentine from Geneva - Kept by Viola Smetzer

Valentine from Geneva

Valentine from Geneva inside - Kept by Viola Smetzer

Valentine from Geneva inside

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valentine from Herman - Kept by Viola Smetzer

Valentine from Herman

Valentine from Herman inside - Kept by Viola Smetzer

Valentine from Herman inside

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valentine from Gerald - Kept by Viola Smetzer

Valentine from Gerald

Valentine from Gerald inside - Kept by Viola Smetzer

Valentine from Gerald inside

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valentine from Gerald back - Kept by Viola Smetzer

Valentine from Gerald back

 

 

Valentine, date unknown - Kept by Viola Smetzer

Valentine from a Maternal Great Grandmother, date unknown

 

Valentine, date unknown - 2

Page 2

 

 

 

Valentine 3-4, Kept by Viola Smetzer

Pages 3-4

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valentine 5, Kept by Viola Smetzer

Page 5

 

Valentine back - Kept by Viola Smetzer

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