One of the most satisfying moments for me as a postcard dealer is hearing the stories of why people buy the old postcards that they buy. A St. Augustine resident named …Sandra Ann bought this vintage postcard last week. We had occasion to chat on the phone for a few minutes and, since her mother died, Sandra Ann has found herself thinking more about the past. Her mother had told her that, as newlyweds, Sandra Ann’s parents had driven past this motel. Her mother thought that Sandra Ann was a pretty name, and so Sandra Ann was excited to find this triple-view postcard of the motel which provided the inspiration for her name. It was located at 8375 New Kings Rd. on U.S. Highway 1, at the time about three miles north of Jacksonville, FL.
Postmarked in 1954, the pink motel had 40 rooms, television, and a restaurant was nearby. The postcard was sent to Esther Davis of 16 Jackson Ave. in Endicott, NY by someone named Marguerite, who spoke of her stay at the motel.
Another interesting story of a found treasure came from an elderly woman who bought a 1952 motel postcard with a black background. It wasn’t in the best of shape but, nevertheless, I thought perhaps someone would like to have it. The buyer was ecstatic — now elderly, she and her husband had honeymooned at that Wisconsin motel in 1952.
We’d love to hear your stories of how vintage postcards reconnected you with old family memories. There is a comment box below for your use.
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