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Swan Postcard Wanted for Dying Man

September 14th, 2007 · 3 Comments

Postcard dealers get lots of strange requests, by both e’mail and telephone. Most revolve around people wanting us to buy their antique postcards sight unseen (Hello? They’re graphics…) or people wanting to sell unfortunate common postcards (such as views of Plymouth Rock) for large sums of money. Occasionally, someone asks if we have a certain precise vintage post card that they’re looking for. That never works out either.

Swan Ride at Seaside Heights, NJ

However, we were touched by one recent request. The sender of the e’mail, who shall remain anonymous to preserve her privacy, wrote: “My mother-in-law is trying to locate a postcard from the early 1940s. It is in Asbury Park, NJ. She remembers the postcard. It is her mom, brother and sisters on the Swan Ride. (It is similar to the postcard you have on your site from Seaside [with a] swan ride). She has been searching the Internet without much luck.

“She does not have any photos of her siblings when they were that young. Her brother has prostate cancer and I think she is trying to find it for him to see. Please help!”

If you have a copy of the Asbury Park, New Jersey swan ride postcard from that amusement park, let us know and we’ll pass the information along. We’ve already told her how to set up an eBay search, how to post to “Want It Now!” at eBay and how to search Playle’s and Delcampe. Do you have the old postcard she’s looking for?

Learn more about Curteich linen postcards, which often featured amusement parks and other roadside Americana.

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Flor // Feb 24, 2009 at 4:20 am

    Its so cute!

  • 2 ann // Feb 24, 2009 at 8:38 am

    I don’t have the actual postcard of the Asbury Park Swan ride, but I do have a couple of images that I have found of it online and am willing to share. Please pass this along. Let me know… Thanks, Ann

  • 3 VintagePostcards // Mar 1, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    Hi Ann,

    Thank you for your thoughtfulness!  It’s very kind of you to offer.  Unfortunately, the lady is looking for the Asbury Park swan ride for her brother.  But I will pass along your thoughts to her.  :)


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