The breakwater lighthouse at Portland Maine - or Bug Light as it is known locally - was built in 1855, being replaced in 1874 when the original structure decayed and the breakwater was extended further.
A tiny dwelling, a wood-frame structure with two rooms, was finally built adjacent to the lighthouse in 1889.
The house presented an unusual and precarious-looking appearance as it hung over the edge of the breakwater on both sides. The outhouse connected to a central shaft to the sea below. One resident reported that he was careful to check wind & tide before using the facilities!
The keeper's house was demolished in 1935 and the light extinguished in 1942 during wartime. Fortunately, steps towards conservation were taken in 1985 and renovations in 1989 and late 1990s saw a relighting ceremony in 2002.
Click the image for further details on the postcard. You can find out more about the history of the light here.
US Navy Ship postcards
USS Norton Sound
Most people are familiar with various types of mainline fighting ships used by modern navies - frigates, destroyers, missile cruisers, and aircraft carriers come readily to mind - but navies also have special purpose vessels that receive much less attention.
USNS Observation Island T-AGM 23
USNS Hayes T-AGOR 16
I've added more ship postcards to my store. Here's a sampling of new additions.
Click on the picture for complete listing details. The ships category can be found under the Topics category on the store page.
I'm now adding Ohio postcards to my Postcard Depot web store at the-postcard-depot.com.
Here's a sample of cards listed so far. More to come.
Please click on picture to see complete listing.
I've started adding Texas postcards to my store listings.
Here are a couple to illustrate what's being listed - The Hotel Galvez in Galveston Texas, a Phostint postcard, and a nice linen example of the Kyle Hotel in Temple, Texas.
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The New Finds board is updated regular to provide a sample of our new listings on multiple venues including right here on our own The-Postcard-Depot.com web site as well as our auction venues hosted by eBay, BidStart, and Etsy.
In addition to the New Finds board, we also have specialized boards where we pin postcards by category or theme, including Roadside America, Beach scenes, Lighthouses, Ships, Railroad, and major cities such as New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
Hopefully, you'll find something there to like and enjoy.
Here a few of our recent pins -
World Postcards Now Listing
I have started listing world postcards - commencing with postcards from Italy, recently followed by cards from the United Kingdom and France.
I have just started adding Canada postcards. Here's a sample of one showing Main Street in Brockville, Ontario with some great examples of 1950s cars & a bus.
The movie theater sign on the right sidewalk advertises William Holden in Toward the Unknown, released in 1956, according to online research, which also reports that James Garner made his debut in this movie.
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Main Street, Brockville, Ontario, Canada postcard
Lloyd's Alamo Plaza Court, Shelbyville, Tennessee linen postcard
Can't get away this summer? Yearn for an earlier time when the pace was slower, life was simpler?
Why not slip away to Tennessee for a few days and at the end of a long day pull into a roadside motel offering, as does Lloyd's in Shelbyville, electric heat - wait, no, we need air-conditioning!!! - tile baths, and Beautyrest mattresses for a good night's sleep.
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Cleveland Motor Court, Cleveland, Tennessee linen postcard
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