Friday, August 21, 2015

Baltimore 1947

When my eBay account became active over the past weeks, my trips to the courier became frequent. I usually ship everything after work. When I started having evening classes, I had no chance to reach the nearest courier before closing time. I sacrifice a little time from my lunch break to rush to the nearest courier in Escolta. I've blogged about the historical appeal of Escolta in one of my Sunday posts. There are so many things to blog about Escolta. The street is a great  historical playground even for those who are not equipped with advanced photography skills. 

A few days ago, time was on my side. I had the chance to walk in a slower pace and become more observant with the activities and people around. I finished the entire stretch of Escolta and was about to enter McDonald's near Sta. Cruz Church to have lunch. I was about to cross the street when I noticed a small stall that sells different vintage items. Mostly are stamps, old coins and bills. But what really caught my attention was the pile of old and very dusty postcards. It felt like I found a treasure box in the middle of a busy street. I've conditioned myself that I will not buy. It will surely be expensive. The seller told me that each piece costs Php 20. Okay, I still find it expensive. Hahahahaha But soon after, the seller was offering each piece at Php 15. I thought then, I would just buy two pieces. My decision changed when I saw a postcard as old as 1947. Hooray, treasure!!! I knew that the postcard would not cost Php 15. When I inquired, the seller was offering it at Php 150. Woah! It costs way out of my budget. I still have to take lunch. But for those who know me, you can predict what happened next. I gave in. True enough, a person becomes more shopaholic when hungry. I learned this from a TV documentary and apparently, it applies to me. Hahahaha
I purchased other postcards but since I have poor E.Q., I never bothered to wait. I immediately sent the other postcards to my friends. The only card that was left on me was the most expensive, the one that almost took my lunch money.

I tried to research the real owner of the postcard. Based on the few online articles I read, the Villonco belongs to one of the prominent families in Malabon. The family even owns this famous ancestral home. My information about the Villonco family is very limited. Anyone knows more about the family, specifically Dr. and Mrs. Cenon Villonco? The postcard unfortunately does not provide any detail about the sender. But for someone who has a friend or relative from Baltimore in 1947, it only proves that the family belongs to the affluent sector of the society. At that time when there is no internet, meeting and gaining friends abroad requires physical presence or having the means to afford those expensive trips. 


The card has an added surprise. It's a pop out card :)




Truth to be told, I still don't know what to do with this postcard. I'm not even sure if the price of Php 150 is a great deal. Part of me wants to resell or give this to a friend. I'm still uncertain. While I'm still undecided, I will keep this postcard for myself. :) 

8 comments :

  1. I can see why you bought this card, it is pretty, and now presents a mystery for you to solve, to learn more about that family. Did you look up the last name on Facebook? Maybe a relative is on FB. Just an idea, I like a mystery.

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    1. Thanks Terra, I tried but I felt a bit shy to ask haha

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  2. What a find! Pagluwas ko, isama mo ako dyan ha?

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    1. Sure, feeling ko si Sam ang matutuwa haha

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  3. wow pwede palang ibenta yung mga ganyan ano? sa pagkakaalam ko madame kasi mama kong ganyan from Malaysia naman pati din ung mga stamps nagcocollect sya. I am not sure lang kung san na nya nilagay ung mga un.

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    1. Yup, there are people selling and buying :) Why not try selling it on eBay

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  4. What a treasure, Diane! I hope you will do a post naman about the shop selling these vintage postcards =)

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    1. Next project Leah :) Sana lang lumakas ang loob ko dahil it's not the best place to show your camera or mobile phone ;)

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