Why Do I Collect Postcards?

One reason why I collect postcards is that they reflect the geographer in me. Once upon a time I studied geography – at Middlebury College in Vermont and then on to graduate school at Northwestern University in Evanston Illinois.

Here are some postcards of Skowhegan Maine – a place I visited in the summer of the early 1950’s – a visit to a friend and her family who had a summer cottage on a lake there. I took the train from Boston to get there. So far as I know the friends (twins) I visited are still alive but their parents and older sister are no longer with us.

Station from another angle

This card would pre-date my visit in the 1950’s.

A Few Of My Family Homes

Winchester Massachusetts my maternal grandparents” home 1927-1941 photo taken in 2017

my home Dublin Ireland 1969-2010
Hotel Commander Cambridge Massachusetts My maternal grandfather and his sister made this their home in the 1940’s

My maternal grandfather and his sister, standing in front of the home in which I grew up, 1936-1954, Belmont Massachusetts
Newark Ohio 1900 my paternal grandparents’ home – where my father grew up
Hotel Lexington, New York City After the Second World War my father was transferred from the Boston office to the New York office of the Electric Service Manufacturing Company. This meant a weekly commute between Boston and New York. While he New York he sitayed in The Hotel Lexington

A Postcard?

I purchased this image online thinking it was a postcard but no, the reverse side was truly just gray cardboard.

Pigs and poultry

But I am still pleased with my purchase.

Word Press Problem continued

The transfer of information for my 8th Grandfather Capt. Matthew Beckwith Sr didn’t work. What next?

I could copy the information manually.. I think I’ll try that.

Capt Matthew Beckwith Sr


8th Great Grandfather

Birth Sept 22, 1680 Pontefract, Yorkshire England Parents Thomas Firth Gillian Beckworth and Anne Dynley

Arrival 1635 Old Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut

Marriage 1637 Hartford Connecticut to Elizabeth Mary Lyne

Birth of daughter Elizabeth 1647 Elizabeth Beckwith 1647-1722

Death October 20,1680 in New London Connecticut when he was 70 years old. He died in an accident. A jury decided “He came to his death by mistaking his way in a dark night, and falling from a clift of rocks”

His occupation was Ship Owner and Planter

Trumbull – Dear Reder – The End of an Era (3) – July 21, 2021

Fascinating family story. It has similarities to my own.

"Greatest Generation" Life Lessons

The Trumbull House has been sold.  From what I understand, the new owner plans to create nine one room Studio Apartments in the main house, two more apartments in the barn and to add on to the Little House to form a home for his family.

I will be devoting at least the next few weekends – maybe many more – to a Memorial of the house that has been an anchor for my family for almost 100 years and to the people who made it a HOME.

I find it especially hard to decide what to post because I have been writing about this house and the people who lived there, daily, for almost 9 years. Do I want to focus on the individuals – special events – everyday events – pictures – I just cannot decide which direction to choose. This weekend I am going to focus on…

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