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Alaska Postcard Collectors: I've Started A New Group Just For You.

 
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Posted 04/19/2019   4:21 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add alaskana to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
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The group will feature, primarily, rare RPPC. I started this group in memory of two great Alaska postcard collectors, Candy Waugaman, a close friend of mine for 40 years who passed away last month, and John H. Grainger, author of Collecting Alaska Postcards, as a place to share old Alaska postcards in your collection. We are going to try to keep it to pre-1940 postcards unless you have a great, later, one. Thanks.
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Posted 04/23/2019   2:36 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I'm not specifically an Alaska card collector, but here's one of my faves:

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Posted 03/30/2022   10:27 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Scotty19 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I have a few early real photo postcards of Alaska which I am happy to share here...The first one is from the 1930s I believe, showing the steamer Tutshi at the Taku Landing. Today the Taku area is a great tourist destination with float planes providing the quickest way to get there. Those same planes often take their passengers out to see the Taku glacier which feeds into the Taku river. The second postcard is a bit later, late 1950s, showing a Kotzebue kayak race. This small town is around 26 miles from the arctic circle, and occupied by the Inupiat Eskimos who have been there since the 1500s.

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Posted 03/31/2022   8:10 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for reviving this thread. I have a few more I can add.









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Posted 04/01/2022   2:22 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Scotty19 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Here are two of the dozens of postcards sold at the 1909 Seattle World's Fair depicting members of various native populations from Alaska, Yukon, and regions up there. The official card from the exhibition identifies them as Eskimos. The term Eskimo refers to the indigenous people groups of far northern North America, but is widely viewed as offensive or inappropriate today. The term was imposed by non-Indigenous colonizers. The variation "Skimo: is likewise not encouraged today.
The second card taken near their "snow capped tent structure" is a strange mix also, with an assemblage of mariachi band players posing with the native group. The middle group in this card looks like they are from an Asian country, perhaps Tibet? Someone more knowledgeable might let us know here.
Thanks Scotty

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