Monday, October 26, 2009

Postcards from Grandma July 29, 1909 night

Gates Circle, Buffalo, N.Y. , originally uploaded by morgazgc.

July 29, 1909 night, originally uploaded by morgazgc.

Wed. night (11:00 P.M.) Have packed up things again ready to move on to Buffalo tomorrow at 8:30. If nothing happens will arrive home Fri. night. We are all visiting, talking & eating candy, pop corn, cracker jacks & fruit. do you think we will sleep any tonight? G.H.

Grandma eating candy and popcorn? I'm glad she added fruit to the end of that sentence! And this card gives us the approximate travel time from Niagara Falls (leaving for Buffalo at 8:30am Thursday) to Hillsboro (arriving Friday night). I'd love to know the route and connection details, just like it would be nice to know WHO she was traveling with -- the "We" sounds like a group of girls.... At least we know she made it home safely.

Today's History Lesson: By 1900, Buffalo was the 8th largest city in the country, with a population of 352,000 and went on to become a major railroad hub, the largest grain-milling center in the country, and the home of the largest steel-making operation in the world. In the 2000 census, Buffalo, with a population of 292,000 ranked 69th in population, between Newark NJ and Plano TX (Glendale AZ ranks 74th). Buffalo's population topped 580,000 in the 1950s and has been declining since then. At the peak of the railroad era Buffalo had 319 passenger trains, and 476 freight trains arrive and depart daily. (Facts obtained from
US City Guide: Buffalo New York and the references listed therein, accessed 10/26/09)

Those of you with sharp eyes will note the green markings at the top of the picture part of the postcard -- something is stuck on the card but I'm reluctant to scrape too much off for fear of damaging the card.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

KC underwater 10/09

KC underwater 10/09, originally uploaded by morgazgc.

A collage - Sisters - and a few others

Yes, MV - I do plan to share photos. You can download off of Picasa - although the resolution will not be that great. I've done some of the photos - maybe 15 or so in 300 dpi, but mostly 600 which works out much better if one wants to blow up a photo or crop much. Costco will do CDs for $3.50 with maximum of 600MB - so when I reach that I'll probably go ahead and have the CDs made. I'll probably just give yours and JB's to Catherine, the responsible one.
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Monday, October 19, 2009

Postcards from Grandma July 28, 1909 evening

July 28, 1909 evening, originally uploaded by morgazgc.

American Falls from Goat Island, Niagara Falls, N.Y.

July 28, 1909 evening, originally uploaded by morgazgc.

Weds. eve. Have had a fine time today. Went out riding on "The Maid of the Mist." .60 [cents] more gone. But it was worth the money. G.H.

Considering inflation, today's cost of $13.50 seems fairly reasonable and might not even horrify Grandma. At least she thought it was money well spent at the time of her dwindling funds!

For today's history lesson, I'll add that both Canada and the US made Niagara Falls a park in 1885, in the US it was and is called Niagara Reservation [State] Park. In 1892 Niagara Falls, NY was incorporated and the fourth Maid of the Mist was built (1892-1955). Made of white oak, 89 feet long with a 19-foot beam and powerful double engines, it was christened Maid of the Mist II. President McKinley was assassinated in 1901 at nearby Buffalo's Pan-American Exposition and Theodore Roosevelt road the Maid of the Mist. Eight years later our grandmother was a passenger. Both Maid of the Mist I (1885) and II were destroyed by fire from a welder's torch in 1955.

For a hint of what the future holds, there is one more postcard from this trip yet to post and two years later in 1911, Grandma again visits Niagara Falls.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

New collage -- with captions

I'm thinking this is the sort of collage that would be best to take to Aunt Mary. Or maybe divide photos into those that have captions and those that don't and then do different kind of collages. Also, the kind of collage on the previous post is mosaic, not montage.
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More old time photos

I just downloaded the latest Picasa which does some nice things not possible with older Picasa - Windows only at this point. I like the montage (I think that is what this kind of collage is called), although one can't include captions which is rather of a bummer.
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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Postcards from Grandma July 28, 1909 morning

July 28, 1909 morning, originally uploaded by morgazgc.

July 28, 1909 morning, originally uploaded by morgazgc.

Weds. Morning. Slept fine last night after our long tramp. Going out sightseeing in about 10 min. G.H.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Collage practice

I'm just experimenting a bit with collage making to get ready to make some to take down to Aunt Mary in a couple of weeks.

I'm gonna try to take at least 3 or four different collages - and then maybe some individual photos, too. Not sure how or I'll organize the collages - how much I'll bother.
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Monday, October 12, 2009

Postcards from Grandma July 27, 1909 night

July 27, 1909 night, originally uploaded by morgazgc.

July 27, 1909 night, originally uploaded by morgazgc.

Tues. Night. [07/27/1909] Have just arrived home from shopping. I am perfect scared for fear my money will not hold out but I suppose I will have to make ends meet. G.H.

Obviously Grandma did not like to be "perfect scared" and made sure that those pennies were pinched for the rest of her days. I'm beginning to feel some sympathy for her mother who must be more worried with each received postcard. At least with mail arriving several times a day, it didn't take long for the next card to arrive.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Postcards from Grandma July 27, 1909 evening (Tues)

July 27, 1909 evening, originally uploaded by morgazgc.

July 27, 1909 evening, originally uploaded by morgazgc.

"Tues. Evening. We were all uptown until 11:30. Did not get lost." Hard to tell if Grandma is referring to being uptown the previous evening or that morning. Either way it probably wasn't very reassuring to her mother to get such a card.

Mary mentioned in a previous comment that Grandma told her "she graduated from HS one year, married the next and gave birth to Aunt Mary the next year! So if that was the case, this was not her graduation trip. Since we know that Aunt Mary was born in 1913, the marriage was in 1912, that would mean she graduated from High School in 1911. Wish we knew who else was on this trip with her? Did she have a chaperone? (Uncle Ira?)

I'm not sure travel was all that difficult then because of it being the golden age of train service. As long as you were going the same place the train was going!

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