A pleasure to see old postcards
1912 POSTCARD Here is the second old postcard that was given to me by an unknown reader-friend recently. The first, reproduced last week, was from 1911, and showed Centreville’s Commerce Street North still unpaved. This one shows Chesterfield Avenue, facing north, also unpaved, and was mailed on January 23, 1912 to Miss Mary Sparks, Queenstown.
We used to live on Chesterfield Avenue back when I was a youngster, and the big three-story house on the left looks like the one we lived in at the time. But that would have been in the late ‘30s and early ‘40s, and the street had been paved at that time.
I hope to hear from my friend with the postcards so I can thank him/ her. It is always a pleasure to see these old postcards.
••• SUNDAY IN THE BACKYARD Sunday was a perfect day to enjoy our Backyard Bonanza — that is, watching the birds, those pesky squirrels and an occasional rabbit. I don’t believe I ever remember seeing the rabbits eat the bird seed that dropped on the ground under the small bird feeder.
Anyway, it is fun to watch all the sparrows, cardinals, black birds and others feeding on the two feeders hanging some 25 feet apart, and then going back to the bird bath for a drink and sometimes, a quick splash. There are also a couple doves that come in after most of the birds have left, and they stick around a long time feeding on the ground. The little squirrels like the sunflower seeds that are stored in the larger bird feeder, so I try to chase him/her WRITER’S NOTEBOOK away when I see them so they don’t eat it all and let the birds come back.
We also have been enjoying those nice red tomatoes coming out on the four tomato plants in the rose garden near the larger feeder. Man, are they ever delicious; especially with a nice big ol’ ear of Eastern Shore sweet corn — that is good eatin’.
••• UNCOURTEOUS DRIVERS I will keep talking about it as long as I keep seeing it!
That is those drivers who come up the main intersection in town and pull right over the pedestrian walkway to wait for the light to change. I am in town nearly every day and go through the intersection on my way to the post office, so I see it practically every day or most days.
I don’t understand if those drivers cannot read the signs right by them on the sidewalk showing where to stop or they are just too busy with that cell phone in the ear or texting. Either way, it is very annoying to see that we have drivers who do not understand or don’t care to adhere to our pedestrian walkways and keep them clear.
••• BALLPLAYERS AND BEARDS Why is it that these 25- to 30-year-old major league baseball players like to grow full beards?
I am glad the Baltimore Orioles do not have any of those players, but nearly every team I have seen on TV lately, other than the Orioles, have players with full beards.
And speaking of baseball, I agree that eating a hot dog is automatic when going to a game, but never realized just how many we consume nationwide during the season.
According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, there were 19.4 million hot dogs eaten at major league parks last season. According to a couple other statistics, the Los Angeles Dodger fans are said to eat more than any other big league park in the nation.
••• JUST ASKING! Why is it that all, or most, of these TV commercials showing new cars have them speeding down the highway?
Can’t they just show the new car moving slowly down the street or parking easily without speeding?
Postcard from 1912.