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Hello,

Besides modeling traction in half inch scale, I collect postcards showing streetcars. 

In almost thirty years of collecting, I have never met anyone else who does this too. 

There must be others, as I see postcards on E-bay offered. 

Anyone here collect? 

I have hundreds of duplicate cards I'd love to trade. 

Please contact me if you are a fellow collector. 

Thanks! 

Regards, Dave L.





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Dave,

I'm by no means a collector of postcards but I have picked up a few postcards of the Virginia & Truckee. 

I'm more into narrow gauge and really haven't seen much postcards except for the D&RGW.



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Thanks, a lot of postcards show up at train shows or in antique malls, but never any cards showing trolleys.

It is strange that there are many trolley cards offered on E-bay, some going for quite an amount.

Regards, Dave L.


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Dave,

I'll have to pay more attention to the collectables tables at the next train show,
and see what I can find.

I've always had a thing for the Pacific Electric,
and even had a small HO trolley layout with operating overhead,
many many years ago. 

I have quite a few books on the PE stashed away. 

The OERM in Perris has a very nice collections of electrics.


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Thanks,

I've been modeling trolleys since I was in Jr. High School in N, HO, and lately large scale (1/2" scale). 

My main interest is the local transit system that operated in Hershey, PA.

Some of my models of their cars are in the Hershey Historical Society. 

I was always going to build that large trolley system running on live overhead, but Gn15 sidetracked me. 

Regards, Dave L.





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Hi,

I am still looking for anyone who collects postcards with trolleys.

Thanks, Dave L.



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Still looking for a fellow postcard collector.

Regards, Dave L.



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Still looking. Dave L.

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Working on it Dave.

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Thanks, Michael.

There must be collectors,
as I see a lot of trolley cards on Ebay.

Regards, Dave L.


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Is there a preferred way of protecting postcards?



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Michael

I keep mine in acid free plastic pages sized just for postcards. 

I categorize into four wheel trolleys, PCCs, work cars, open cars, etc., and such. 
I also keep and album of duplicates to SOMEDAY trade with a fellow collector. 

Sorry to say that trolleys are such a thing of the past,
there is little interest in them, except for us old guys. 

Regards, Dave L.





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Dave

Surely mostly those who have memories of their own are interested in trolleys...

We here in Europe have a few streetcar systems that were in full operation all the time,
so we still may watch them.

Alas, there never were many models available...

Most guys want to have REAL TRAINS,
and not a little car which lonely trundles along city streets.

Lack of streetcar tracks didn't help either.


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Gerold

We have modern LRV systems here.

My reference was to the trolleys and interurbans of years ago,
which are the memories of my older generation.

I rode the Philadelphia streetcars as a very young child,
and built my first trolley layout when I was ten years old (65 years ago).

I love trolleys, models of them, and books about them.
Thanks for posting on this thread.

Regards, Dave L.

PS - I do have some cards of Austrian trolleys.


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Dave

Same with me.
When I was a boy, we still rode creaking wood bodied single truckers,
often two and three car trains....

Then came the Duewag types that resemble PCCs....
They are phased out now, and are replaced by Ultra Low Floor coaches.
Effective but butt ugly.


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David


First electric postcard.





Ordered some of those plastic sleeves.


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Great!

Now you have another hobby within a hobby.

Are you just doing CA lines or trolley cards in general?   

Regards, Dave L.


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I think I'll stick with mostly California,

or at least try and keep it restricted to the western US.

That is... until I find something really interesting.


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Michael, is your collection now just the one card?

Regards, Dave L.



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I have a few other postcards of Death Valley and the Virginia & Truckee Railroad.

I'm sure I have other postcards tucked away somewhere from past vacations.

Somewhere? 

Where?


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We always bought postcards on our vacations and have albums full.

Makes a record of great memories.

Regards, Dave L.


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Now I have a side hobby.





Is there a good way to date postcards?


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Michael, I can't help you with that.

If there is a stamp a date might be possible from the postmark.
Most cards in my collection were never sent.

Clues from items on the card like autos or clothing styles might help.
Also, the type of card can date it.

Google the history of post cards for info on this.
Have fun with your NEW hobby.

Regards, Dave L.


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I've added a few more postcards to my collection.


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We all need more hobbies!

:2t:

Regards, Dave L.


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We all need more hobbies!

... and self-expanding homes.

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While searching for postcards I came across one on an ostrich farm. 

Cawston's Ostrich Farm had a couple of locations around the Los Angeles area,
including South Pasadena locating near the Pacific Electric. 

Judging from the postage of one cent and the printing,
this looks to be around the 1910-1920s.


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Michael

That is an interesting card,
especially if it's local or close by.

Of the many trolley cards in my collection,
I have only one that shows a local trolley.

Regards, Dave L.


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It's interesting to see what people did over 100 years ago.

There wasn't much entertainment back then other than listening to the radio or going to see a "flicker" (movie).

Ostrich farms, alligator farms and such were a precursor to Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm.

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Quite by accident I ran across a brochure on Death Valley dated 1947. 

Oh, good.  Now, besides postcards I can look for brochures and timetables.


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No seatbelts on those cars, I bet.

:shocked:

Regards, Dave L.


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No shade and no seat belts. 
About as basic as you can get. 

Take a couple of benches,
and bolt them to the deck of a flatcar. 

Voila! 
Passenger service. 


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While looking for postcards I've stumbled across other collectables.

Not trolley, and not a postcard, but still an interesting item to add to my collection.





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Recently acquired another trolley postcard of San Francisco Muni.





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Okay, this isn't a postcard, but one thing leads to another. 

Postcards to timetables, and timetables to brochures.


This is from 1957... Over 60 years old. 

For those of us that model a particular time period and location,
postcards and other material can help us to tie into the era.





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Michael,

I like that card of the trolley.

The views of cars are what I especially look for.


Keep looking!
Regards, Dave L. :old dude:


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I was able to add a new card to the collection. 

Still looking for anyone who collects postcards with trolleys depicted. 

Regards, Dave L. 





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Not postcard related but here is a book on the Central California Traction Company:

https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=3566949436666719&set=gm.2603506216536853

Ordered my copy today.


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Not surprised.


Okay, try this link:

https://www.ronsbooks.com/CENTRAL-CALIFORNIA-TRACTION_p_17222.html


On Facebook there is a group page for the Central California Traction Company. 

You can order the book directly from Dave Stanley for $40 plus $6 postage. 



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