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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Time Travel Tuesday: Washington DC Postcard


I bought this postcard from an older lady at a garage sale a few weekends ago for 50 cents.

She told me she's 74 years old now, and went to Washington D.C. with her dad when she was five, so I'm guessing this postcard is about 70 years old.

It's a beautiful postcard not just because of the scene, but because the paper itself is higher quality, almost fabric-like.

The description on the back reads:

These beautiful Japanese Cherry Blossom Trees which line Riverside Drive, Potomac Park, were a gift to the United States Government by the Municipality of Tokyo, when Mr. Yukio Ozaki was Mayor of the city. In the Spring of the year, these dainty trees in bloom are a most beautiful sight and might suggest to the traveler a scene in old Nippon itself.

Where the little stamp square is, also, it says "place one cent stamp here." I could only wish postcard stamps cost a penny now!

The lady had about a half dozen beautiful postcards. I'm not sure why I didn't buy them all! Oh well.

I've never been to Washington D.C. to see the cherry blossoms, but it's something I've wanted to do for a long time. I think the last time I was there was when I was in high school.

Considering I graduated eight years ago, I'm probably long overdue for a trip, especially since I only live a six-hour drive away.

What kinds of touristy events have you longed to visit or have visited?


  1. Thats amazing. You can tell just from the photo the great quality of paper. That must have been cool to buy it from her hearing the story of how she got it. I would have bought them all. Also I love doing so many touristy stuff since I live in Chicago but am not a native. Something Ive been wanting to do here is the River Architecture Tour!

    1. I don't know where my brain was, obviously. I could kick myself now for not buying them all. Lol. I think I just picked up the DC one and overlooked the rest because they didn't stick out as much.

  2. Pretty postcard - the fabric like postcard means is a linen postcard which was a popular way of publishing them between the early 1930's through to around 1945. The reference number upon the front makes it look like a Curteich postcard (which might be confirmed upon the reverse side) and if I read the first number in the reference correctly as a 4, than that postcard was published in 1934 - even if it's not a Curteich postcard it'll still be of the mid 1930's in age.

    Hope that helps you out!

    1. Thanks for the info! I'll definitely check the back of it and let you know if I see anything on it.

  3. I love this! It's so interesting to me to collect pieces of mail + postcards from way back when. Funny, I was just thinking of visiting Washington DC later on this summer! It's awesome there and it's been awhile since I've been there, too. All of my 'must see' touristy things are the Smithsonian Museums..I love a good museum, lol.

    1. OMG The Smithsonian! How could I forget about that? Well, let me know if you end up passing through grand 'ole state of PA making your way to DC. Maybe we could meet for coffee or something. :)