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The Travels of an Antique Postcard, from Rural Kentucky to Romania

July 5th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Yellowstone National Park, Old Faithful Geyser Postcard

Once upon a time, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a young woman with the improbable name of Georgia Fruit (yes, really) lived in the northeastern corner of Christian County, near Hopkinsville, KY. Postcard collecting was at its zenith and sending postcards to friends was all the rage. Ms. Fruit received many postcards from her beau and other friends, including this antique 1907 postcard of the Old Faithful geyser at Yellowstone National Park.

After her death, the postcards — including the Old Faithful postcard — were sent to a Texas relative. Eventually, her postcard collection made its way back to Kentucky, having been sold to a postcard dealer. While early scenes of Hopkinsville and Bowling Green, KY sold quickly, Old Faithful languished for the better part of a year.

Suddenly, there was a flurry of interest in the postcard. A photo editor at The Territory Ahead, a Santa Barbara, California-based clothing company, was preparing a catalog featuring Wyoming and wanted a scan of the Old Faithful postcard. Off the scan went to California. Then, just as quickly, a postcard buyer appeared for the vintage postcard. It left this morning…for Brasov, Romania. And thus ended the improbable travels of one postcard, sent to a Kentucky farm over 100 years ago.

See other national park postcards at our website, or read another post about roadside America postcards, which have been a popular late 20th c. collectible.

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  • 1 VintagePostcards // Jul 5, 2008 at 11:38 am

    Do you have any unusual stories about postcard travels to share? Let us know, and we’ll blog about them!

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