Do you have memories of riding the range though you never left your neighborhood? You might have been a buckaroo or buckarette.

Do you remember thinking you could vanquish the bad guys with a song in your heart and a six-gun on your hip? You might have been a buckaroo or buckarette.

Do you remember singing Happy Trails and knowing all the words? You might have been a buckaroo or buckarette.

Introducing the latest volume in the Tattered and Lost series of vintage snapshot books available at Amazon. Tattered and Lost: Buckaroos and Buckarettes should easily fill that void of forgotten memories when all kids dreamt of joining their heroes Roy, Gene, Hoppy, and Annie. You'll smile, you'll laugh, you'll wonder how you ever lost the dream.

Need a special gift for someone? Tattered and Lost: Buckaroos and Buckarettes might just be what you're looking for. Sure to start conversations for people of any age.

104 pages with 94 photos, available at Amazon. Photos from the early part of the 20th Century through the early 1960s.



I may or may not have posted this card in the past. I'll chalk it up to senior moments. And frankly, I can think of other things to do than go back through old posts to find it because seriously, it's worth posting again.

It's a lovely card printed by Julius Bien & Company in 1908 in New York. Mr. Bien died a year later in 1909. How nice that this card has survived so many New Year's.

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The following is from the MetroPostcard site in New York, always a great source of postcard information.
Bien, whose father had been a lithographer, studied graphic arts at the Academy in Kassel, Germany. He left for the United States after the failed revolution of 1848, and opened his own lithography shop in New York. Between 1854 and 1856 he went into a brief partnership with Julius Sterner. He first achieved acclaim for his lithographic transfers of James Audubon’s engravings from Birds in America. Afterwards he concentrated on printing maps, setting new standards for their production. By the 1880’s the firm expanded into printing a wide range of chromolithographic material including advertising, posters, and trade cards. This would latter further expand into sets of comic, holiday, patriotic, religious, and sentimental postcards, typified by a highly graphic style. Bien died in 1909 but the firm continued its printing operations until purchased by the Heywood, Strasser & Voigt Litho Company in 1915. Julius Bien also served as the first president of the National Lithographer’s Association. (SOURCE: MetroPostcard Publishers)



Dear Boy

When I am gone
no more to see
Look at this card
and think of me




I'm happy to finally be able to announce the publication of two more books in the Tattered and Lost series. I would have loved to have announced them before Christmas, but then those that were receiving them as gifts would have lost their surprise.

Volume 1, Tattered and Lost: Vernacular Photographs, which was originally published via Blurb, is now at a larger trim size with more content. You can peruse the volume at Amazon.

Volume 4, Tattered and Lost: Cakes, Picnics, and Watermelon, is a fine example of my "obsession" with silly categories. Wander on over to Amazon and take a look.

Also still available are volume 2, Tattered and Lost: Childhood and volume 3, Tattered and Lost: Telling Stories. Each are available at CreateSpace and Amazon. You'll find links to all four in the column to the left.



"A" leads the way and "x" marks the spot. Another card that would have the "war on Christmas" nuts foaming at the mouth. Such a simple and lovely greeting, but there's that word "xmas" taunting them. 100 years ago? Not so much.

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JOYFUL Greetings

If over 100 years ago someone sent you a holiday card which did not say Merry Christmas was there a "war" on Christmas? Of course not. There's just a rabid insane group of people these days who are unwilling to accept anything but a narrow point of view, especially when they see dollar signs as their goal. Sometimes the stupidity so prevalent today makes my head expand to twice its size with an explosion imminent.

So "Joyful Greetings." 

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