Springtime in Washington, D.C.
A trifecta today in honor of Thomas Jefferson, who was born on this date in 1743. It’s also a fine entry for Postcardy’s Scavenger Hunt #2: Spring. First, a couple of cards from a group which I call, just for fun, the Wart Collection:
“Shown are, The Washington Monument, The White House, The Jefferson Memorial.” The description on this postcard, published by Capsco, Inc. of Washington DC, might be no-frills, but it really is a nice montage. Probably published between 1963-1970.
“The blossoming of the Japanese Cherry Trees gives the Thomas Jefferson Memorial its most beautiful setting. This work of John Russell Pope was dedicated April 13, 1943 on the 200th anniversary of the birth of Jefferson. South side of the Tidal Basin. This card was published by Silberne Souvenir Sales, Inc., also of Washington DC and probably around the same time.
Lastly, a card sent to Great-Grandma Lottie:
“The Thomas Jefferson Memorial is located on the Tidal Basin in West Potomac Park. It is construted of Danby Vermont marble for the exterior and Georgia white marble for its interior. This Historic Shrine with its setting of Cherry Blossoms is one of the most beautiful sights in Springtime, and is visited by thousands each year.”
“Glenn” sent this card from Washington DC on 26 September 1965, using a 3-cent postage stamp from 1948. Remember how there used to be decades between postal rate increases, and now they occur almost annually? Glenn writes: “Hi everyone. Went in to Pa. for brother’s funeral. All O.K. Got your card and letter. Will write later on. Kind of (illegible) up yet. Hard on the nerves. Write too.”
This is another Capsco card, but the postal code in the notation “Washington 4, D.C.” places the manufacture prior to 1963. The “Youth Month 1948” stamp is cancelled with the notation “Ability Counts”, a sentiment that Jefferson probably would have agreed with, but it seems to me that it’s an American value that has fallen by the wayside.