Wednesday, May 3, 2017

30 Day Challenge 29: A favorite card before 1950

Approaching the end of this challenge. It's been fun to write them. It's nice to not have a long-form post that takes three hours or more to make from time to time. To be honest, I wrote the first 27 posts all on 3/31 and would have done the last three then too but I got too tired, and finished them off on 4/1...the day I plan to post the first in the series. I didn't get any scanning done during that time but it was worth it because I really enjoyed writing them.

I had two cards I debating showing here, both of which are in my collection. One, from 1909, and one from 1911. I decided to show the 1909 card, but both have been shown already in the past. I've shown most if not all of my pre-1950 cards on the blog already so a repeat here is no surprise.
From the 1909 Philadelphia Caramel set comes this card of a gray squirrel. Squirrels are my favorite animal and I can spend hours watching their antics. I also enjoy photographing them. My squirrel album on my website has 460 images, some dating back to the 1980s! Trust me, the photos get better later in the album. They are in chronological order of being posted so as my photography skills improved the photos improved as well. (naturally).

There are very few cards that show squirrels, and even fewer that show gray squirrels. This is the only one in my collection, and I am very interested in trading for any others.
Here's a real gray squirrel I photographed April 9th, 2009- 100 years after this card was made.
As you can see, the artwork is not particularly accurate, especially in the head/neck area. But I still love it.

9 comments:

  1. You have the most unique collection

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  2. Squirrels are cute, little critters until they invade your household and wreak havoc within it. Eradicating them isn't the easiest thing to do either. Admittedly, I do like the card. Looks in great condition for the age.

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    1. Thankfully we've never had that happen, but I would probably try to train them to be a small army. It probably wouldn't end well, though!

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  3. I enjoyed this post Billy. Mostly because I've always kind of found squirrels to be annoying and they're always trying to wreak havoc with my bird feeders. This kinda gave me a fresh perspective hearing that they're your favorite animal, I'll try to appreciate them more now :)

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    1. They definitely do a number on the bird feeders, but I don't mind. The birds usually go to the other side when the squirrel's on there lately anyway. I love the birds too.

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  4. Great...just what we need...a Squirrel Army....I bet they'd work for peanuts. ;)

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