Merry Christmas with love


The Collonade Club

There’s always that one card that arrives so late…! This card features a photograph of a beautiful building shaded by large trees. As it turns out, it is The Collonade Club at the University of Virginia.

This particular university is so important to American history because it was designed by Thomas Jefferson as an “academical village.” The cornerstone for this building was laid in 1807 by President James Madison, in the presence of Thomas Jefferson, in a Masonic ceremony. It’s an interesting story and I encourage you to read more about this beautiful building at the Collonade Club website.

The card was signed: Merry Christmas, with love for you and for all who may be gathered at your home for Christmas, Anne and Wallace.

On the back was transcribed the text on the bronze plaque at the Club. I can only imagine that Anne or Wallace or both were proud alumni of UVA.

Anne and Wallace

Anne and Wallace


Take it to church!

This week’s Sepia Saturday prompt shows a rowdy group of fellows, soldiers, some in kilt, with drums and liquor bottles and smiles aplenty. They are just the kind of boys my dad would say partied all week and then late on Saturday night went to confession. Well that got me thinking that perhaps I shall give you the anti-prompt for Sepia Saturday this week. I give you….churches.

Church postcards 1

The Little Chapel by the Lake, Buena Park, CA

This postcard was purchased at Knott’s Berry Farm, Buena Park, CA (right near where I live) and was sent from Louella [Rudd] to Mr & Mrs R. L. Fields in Kingfisher, OK. The “Little Chapel by the Lake” was an attraction in the farm, built in 1941 specifically to house a painting of Christ called The Transfiguration by Paul von Klieben. Visitors entered the church and sat on benches. A brief recorded talk about what Christ might have looked like played and then, the painting revealed. Through the use of fluorescent paint and lighting, the painting looked like Christ opened His eyes. Sounds rather creepy to me! The chapel was eventually removed to put in a roller coaster, probably in the 1980s. Knott’s still owns the painting. Knott’s had a second church, called the Church of Reflection which also faced the lake and was in a lovely grove of trees. After the roller coaster was installed it was impossible to hear anything inside the church as it was directly underneath the track! That particular church was relocated in entirety across the street and is still in use today. Unfortunately for us, the postmark on this postcard shows it was mailed on August 5th, but the year is obscured. Louella was having a great visit and had called Aunt Vera.

Church postcards 2

Methodist Episcopal Church, Kingfisher, OK

This postcard was not mailed. I can only guess that perhaps the Rudd family in Oklahoma attended this church.

Church postcards 3

Catedral de Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

It’s April ’68 and Neil Rudd was stopping for a rest after driving 300 miles per day for 5 days. He was traveling through Mexico with Freddie, who was “full of zest and rarin’ to go!” The writing is spidery and difficult to read. Neil sent the above postcard to Floyd & Louella Rudd.

Church postcards

Temple Square, Salt Lake City, UT


1970, and Henry & Pauline have visited Denver where it was cool, but it turned hot in Salt Lake City – 100 degrees! They were driving through to Yellowstone. The postcard was mailed to Louella Rudd.

If all this churchifying disrupted your weekend debauchery, click on over to Sepia Saturday to find what sort of carousing and goings on other folks have come up with. You will be happy you did!

Should auld acquaintance be forgot

Austin Hall, Harvard

This week’s Sepia Saturday prompt is libraries (or sleeping or midget submarines). Since I used some really good photos of people with books on a recent post, I went over to my favorite booth in the local antique mall to dig through their boxes of photos. I wasn’t having much luck, actually, at least not for libraries. I found plenty of photos for future posts, but was about to give up hope when I came across this one.

Austin Hall

This is a photograph, identified on the back as “Austin Hall, the present home of the Harvard Law School & Library.” Of course I verified that, and happily discovered that this is indeed a very old photo of Austin Hall. The distinctive arches give it away. The building was the first to be constructed specifically for Harvard Law School and opened in 1883. The arches you see above are the main entry way. Architect Hobson Richardson utilized the Romanesque Revival style with lots of carvings and curlicues.

I found another photo online of a similar view of the building that was taken shortly after it was completed.

Austin Hall, Harvard *

For your edification

* Collection: A. D. White Architectural Photographs, Cornell University Library

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