A LOST ART OF DAYS GONE BY | VINTAGE CURT TEICH LINEN POSTCARDS

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I’m crazy for vintage Curt Teich linen postcards. The warm, fuzzy, softness of color, printed (sometimes slightly off register) on the linen-weave stock, of scenes when America had a youthful glow. It makes me yearn for a life and times that I was born too late for, by golly.  I find myself gazing at neighborhoods and cities, trying to chronologically piece them together.  I ask myself– what was it like here 100 yrs ago… which houses came first… which were layered in later, and when?  A lot of the scenes in these incredible windows to the past are places where I’ve lived, or passed through that are in one way or another core to who I am.

Imagine living again in a time with no cell phones, internet, and the other so-called modern conveniences that “save us time.” I could go back in a New York second.  Technology and consumption is moving at a scary pace, folks.  I wonder what we’ll be looking back at with nostalgia-glazed eyes 25 yrs from now… Planet Earth?

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Ford Model T – 1908-1909, the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, Dearborn, Michigan

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Statue of Liberty on Bedloe’s Island in New York Harbor, New York City

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Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, New York City

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Midtown New York City – “The Great White Way” – as seen from The Empire State Building at night

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Times Square at Night, New York City

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Newark Airport, Newark, N.J.

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Night View of State Street West from Broad Street, Trenton, N.J.

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Boardwalk Beach and Ocean, Ocean Grove, N.J.

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Ocean Avenue and Boardwalk, Ocean Grove, N.J.

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Ocean City Beach Patrol Headquarters, Ocean City, N.J.

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Scene at Inlet showing U.S. Coast Guard Station, Point Pleasant, N.J.

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U.S. Coast Guard, Toms River Station, Seaside Heights, N.J.

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Kiddyland, Seaside Heights, N.J.

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Chair Parade at Night, Atlantic City, N.J.

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Sunset from Hopi Point, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

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The Lobby, Bright Angel Lodge, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

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Montezuma Castle, Arizona

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Main Street, Scottsdale, Arizona — “The West’s Most Western Town”

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Camelback Inn, near Phoenix, Arizona

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A Midwinter Scene at Camelback Inn, Phoenix, Arizona

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St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Phoenix, Arizona

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Looking North on Central Avenue from Adams, Phoenix, Arizona

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Central Avenue, Looking South from Monroe, Phoenix, Arizona

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Maricopa County Court House, Phoenix, Arizona

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The Bright Lights of Central Avenue, South from Van Buren Street, Phoenix, Arizona

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South on Central Avenue at Van Buren Street – Showing Security Building, Phoenix, Arizona

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Looking North on Central from Washington Street, Phoenix, Arizona

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Hotel Adams and Valley National Bank Building, Phoenix, Arizona

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In Encanto Park, Phoenix, Arizona

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Picacho Peaks, Highway 84, between Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona

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University of Arizona Campus from the West Main Gate, Tucson

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Air View of the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona

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In Sabino Canyon, near Tucson, Arizona

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Looking East on Congress Street, Tucson, Arizona

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Congress Street Looking West, Tucson Arizona

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Excursion Cruiser on Lake Mead, Fortification Mountain in Background, Boulder Dam Rec. Area

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Fremont Street, Las Vegas, Nevada – “Gateway to Boulder Dam”

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Bright Lights on Fremont Street, Las Vegas, Nevada

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The $1,000,000 Golden Nugget, Las Vegas, Nevada

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Vine Street, Looking North from Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, California

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Street Scene, Chinatown, San Francisco, California

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Market Street Looking East from Powell Street, San Francisco, California

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A Night in Chinatown, San Francisco, California

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“When the Golden Gate is Golden”, San Francisco, California

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Giant Redwood Stump, Used as a Garage — Redwood Highway, California

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A Lovely Hotel in a Lovely Setting – Casa De Manana – La Jolla, California

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Looking South on Coast Highway, Santa Monica, California in the Distance

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Sea Lions, Sea Lion Caves, Oregon Coast Highway

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Air View of Seattle, Washington

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Totem Pole, Pioneer Square, Seattle, Washington

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Third Avenue and Pike, Seattle, Washington

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Oak Cliff Viaduct and Skyline by Night, Dallas, Texas

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Dallas Municipal Airport, Love Field, Dallas, Texas

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8 thoughts on “A LOST ART OF DAYS GONE BY | VINTAGE CURT TEICH LINEN POSTCARDS

  1. That was great Jon!!
    like a trip across the country, sending post cards home along the way!

    I remember looking thru a box of those very cards at my grandparents while growing up.

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