Saratoga Springs, NY

Chauncy Olcott was a superstar in his day, but since that day was over a century ago he is no longer a household name. He wrote and performed songs like “My Wild Irish Rose” and “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” that are still heard every March 17. This was his summer home; the postcard was published after his death in 1932 and he actually moved to Monte Carlo full-time for health reasons in 1925. When someone is publishing postcards of your house years after you stayed there, that’s a pretty big deal.

Photo note: The card had just enough of a curl in it that I could not get a good photo. Yes, I could have put it in a press or taped it down, but as long as I’m still unpacking such fine touches will have to wait.

Newburgh, NY

I don’t know why 1776 is in quotation marks, or even appears on this card at all. This was Washington’s Headquarters in 1782 and 1783, after the Revolutionary War was over. At one point the soldiers, not having been paid for a long time, circulated a few letters proposing a revolt, which came to be known as the Newburgh Conspiracy. Washington made a surprise appearance and talked everyone down, in sharp contrast to a more recent president who confronted a conspiratorial mob and talked them up.