Postcards from the Past – March 30, 1942

Where Three States and Two Rivers Meet

Where Three States and Two Rivers Meet

The postcard is addressed to Mrs. Wilson Schley from E. Clarence Shepherd, an agent for Cigar-Whelan Stores Corp. on 52 N. Market Street, Frederick, MD.  The only words on the card are “Kindly Call.”


Postcards from the Past – October 6, 1951

Chief Justice Taney-Back

Chief Justice Taney-Back

My latest auction acquisition, from my favorite picker,  is a series of old postcards to residents of Frederick County, Maryland. Some of the cards are from prominent families and one recipient can even be traced back to the founding fathers of Frederick, Maryland. Please note I am not related to any of the senders nor recipients. I am only posting to hope that others will enjoy as much as I do.

Chief Justice Taney Shrine - Front

Chief Justice Taney Shrine – Front


Ann Frances Green Gardiner (1827-1902)

I only have one photograph of my 3x’s great grandmother – Ann Frances Green Gardiner.  Recently a cousin came across an old photo album of her mother’s that had been tucked in a closet for years.  To my absolute delight there was a photo of Ann of her taken in June of 1872,  when she was 45 years old.  What a treasure – I love that after all these years heirlooms keep surfacing.

Ann Gardiner


Research in Frederick County, MD

If you are conducting research in the Western, Maryland vicinity and in particular Frederick, be sure to visit the Historical Society of Frederick.  According to their website the Society was founded in 1892 and later incorporated in 1911.  The facility is well managed and the staff and volunteers are most helpful.  Current events, hours and directions can be found on their website and by clicking the hyperlink provided above.

To aid you in preparation for your visit the Society you may want to check out their online catalog  –   ARCHIVES & RESEARCH CENTER CATALOG.  Happy hunting and let me know if you ever need assistance.

Wordless Wednesday

I recently found this photo in an antique store.  The names listed on the majorettes (L to R) are Betty Dawson, Lucille Hoffman, Becky Sixus (sp?) and Joann Boyer.  If they are your family members and you would like the photo please let me know.


Samuel Estill & Rosa Mills – UPDATE – 1/15/13

I am delighted to report that the marriage certificate detailed in a previous post has found a home!  We successfully tracked down a descendent who was thrilled to has to received the original marriage certificates complete with photo’s.

The family also shared a genealogical rundown as well.  If you are related to Samuel or Rosa and looking for more information please contact me and I will reach out to the descendents.


auf wiedersehen

Some of you may have read the newspaper article that I posted regarding a little blue German book. It is with mixed emotions that I share it has safely made it back to family members in Germany. I only hope that the family enjoys book as much I did.

Inez Vistula Bowlen Gardiner

Certificate of Death for my Great-Grandmother.


Bernard L. Gardiner–St. John’s Military College



Bernie Gardiner





This is my dad, Bernie Gardiner, in his senior yearbook.

Guide to Maryland Newspapers

Since 1979 the Maryland State Archives has worked in conjunction with others to scan over 2 million pages of Maryland newspapers.  The collection dates range from the 1700’s to 2000 and is available mainly by microfilm.  The following link will connect you to the MSA “Guide to Maryland Newspapers.”   You never know what you may find in the paper!  Good luck.