On the third floor of the cottage, right outside the master bedroom, is this corner piece that I am using as a curio cabinet to store my vintage collections. I don't have many things, just a few interesting beach-themed items that I've picked up here and there.
Today I am going to share with you some lovely vintage post cards from the past.....
I have an old, leather bound photo album with black pages to store and display my collection of beautiful vintage "by the sea" post cards. I use photo corners in the album so that the post cards can easily be pulled out to read the messages on the back.
Let's take a closer look at some of these charming turn-of-the-century messages that someone long ago sent to a friend or relative.
Aren't they just the sweetest little girls? I love the way the sender in 1906 wrote in French all around the edges, on the little girl's bloomers, and in the background. I wonder what it says about the little girl who has an arrow pointing to her?
I love examining the stamps and postal marks -- the next post card was written in 1908 in Freeport, Illinois.
"Ethel" sent another post card to someone at the same address:
One of my favorite post cards is this one below which features two bathing beauties in a "bathing machine." Proper young Victorian or Edwardian ladies did not remove their clothing at the beach in public! It was not allowed and not at all proper. Bathing machines were available along the shore for fully clothed women to enter the shelter and remove their clothing in privacy to protect their modesty. Either a horse or humans pulled the machine into the water, and the ladies exited out the back, far away from the prying eyes of young men on the shore.
For a little history of Victorian bathing etiquette:
I've also framed some of my collection so that I can enjoy them whenever I walk by the curio cabinet.
I hope you enjoyed strolling down memory lane, seeing some beach post cards from the past. How different things are today!!
Have a wonderful week, and thank you for dropping in at Sea Glass Cottage.
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