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Here & There Weather Comparisons

The best known and most numerous postcards comparing weather "here and there" are the linen postcards from Florida. However, this type of postcard appears to have originated in California long before Florida. The earliest California cards that I have found are circa 1909.

One of the earliest California postcards uses realistic depictions of a man in a snowy environment and figures in an orange grove to proclaim "You May Throw Snowballs for Me" and "I'll Eat Oranges for You." Another early card (mailed January 1909) uses this same orange grove image alone on a horizontal card with the words "I'll eat oranges for you, and you may throw snowballs for me."

Comparing and contrasting oranges and snowballs is probably the most common theme. The next card makes it clear that the comparison is between "Winter in California and Back East." This card uses a cartoon image printed in black and yellow. It was mailed from California in 1909. The same design was used on a postcard with "Winter in Florida and Up North" printed in a bold mismatched font.

The same theme is continued in various styles on the next two postcards. The second one, with children on both sides, was mailed in 1911.

 

The next two postcards are the only full color pre-linen Florida "Here & There" postcards that I have seen. Both of these were published by Hartman Card Co. of Portland, Me. & Tampa, Fla. The numbers on the back are 129152 and 129154. It is possible that the "29" indicates the year 1929. Notice how similar the first Florida card below is in concept and design to the California card above. Hartman Card Co. also made a linen card without the outer border, a newer dress, and no dog.

A linen card by Tichnor also uses the orange picking/snowball throwing concept with a design similar to some of the cards above, including a dog and snowman in the snow scene. Here the little girl's warm weather dress has been updated, but the cold weather clothes have only changed color.

The Florida linen postcards were made and published by a number of companies. Although the snowball/orange theme was the most common, there were a variety of other comparisons also.

The next postcard is an early linen card from Florida. It was made by E. C. Kropp and was mailed in February 1936. It has the following verse printed on the back:

When wintry winds begin to blow
And northern lands are wrapped in snow
Leave sleet and chilling winds behind,
And hie to Florida to find
Bright sunny days and magic nights.
Where never any snowstorm blights.
Where birds pour out their roundelay,
And flowers blossom every day.

The next postcard was originally published by Curt Teich in 1936. Jeering and gloating is what these cards are all about. This card and others took advantage of the rhyming of nice and ice.

The next card compares easy picking of oranges with hard picking oneself off the ice, and contrasts nice and ice. It is made by Colourpicture and signed by artist Walt Munson.

Here are some more snowball/orange postcards. The first one is by Colourpicture and has artwork similar to the card above. Here the rhyme is between sun and run.

The next one was originally published by Curt Teich in 1941. The same images were later used on a chrome postcard.

Most of the postcards on this theme from the linen era were from Florida. The next card is the only linen one that I have seen from California.

The next two cards both include snow shovels.The first is by Tichnor and has the following description on the back:

Florida, land of sunshine, is the Winter Playground of the nation. Every known form of outdoor pleasuring is pursued without the necessity of considering winter conditions — for winter skies are always smiling and December breezes are as balmy as May.

The cards just above and below were made by Eastern and published/distributed by Hartman Litho Sales Co.

The next postcard was published by Curt Teich in 1939. The aptly named Florida Sun newspaper headlines "COLD WAVE SWEEPS NORTH." This is another postcard that contrasts ice with nice.

Here is another Curt Teich postcard with a newspaper headline "COLD WAVE SWEEPS NORTH" and a similar verse contrasting ice with nice. It could have been from Florida, but it is from Texas and says "Warm Greetings from Lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas." It does seem kind of odd to see what looks like oranges on a Texas beach. At least the newspaper is The Star Monitor Herald and not The Florida Sun.

A 1950 Curt Teich postcard also contrasts ice with nice. This postcard also uses the words here and there, words which are only implied on the other postcards.

Another theme used more than once was skiing, contrasting water skiing in a warm place with snow skiing in a cold icy place. The "Skiing and Skiing" postcard was published by Curt Teich in 1947. The back of the postcard identifies the Florida skiiers as the Aqua-Maids of Cypress Gardens performing in their daily water show.

The North is not always depicted as unpleasant, though it is implied that its cold winters aren't as pleasant as Florida's warm ones. Another skiing card, published by Tichnor, depicts skiing as being enjoyed both in Florida and the North.

Skating is another cold weather sport that can be enjoyable.

A couple of cards featured flowers that bloomed in the winter in Florida. The first flower card was published by Curt Teich in 1937.

The second was made by Tichnor and was also made with the location "FLORIDA" only.

As a bus rider in a cold northern city, I can really relate to the cold scene on the next postcard. This one could really make me want to pack up and head for a Florida beach. This is a Curt Teich card that was published in 1946. There is another version that was published in 1938 with a white border and also a version with different words at the top: "We Sun and Bathe [Florida] While You Freeze and Rave."

My favorite artwork is that on some postcards published by Tichnor. The scenes are more creative than the typical orange, snowball, beach, skiing ones and are numbered 275 to 279. Not shown here is number 279 shown in Boston Public Library's Photostream with the title "My birds-eye view of you, Down here in Florida it has what it takes- while you up north look like a stack of wheat cakes!" It shows a stack of 16 blankets on the northerner.

The next card was published by Curt Teich in 1952. It is unusual for its vertical format and the absence of a cold/snowy/icy theme for the North. Instead, North is represented by a man stoking a hot fiery furnace to keep warm.

Asheville Post Card Co. published some linen comics contrasting cool mountain weather with the hot weather elsewhere. These are all titled "Come to the Mountains." Since Asheville is in North Carolina, these were probably meant for the mountains of the southeastern United States.

The first card was printed by Curt Teich and shows Harry N. Martin of Asheville, N.C. as the distributor or publisher. The same words and lettering on the picture were also used on a similar design shown below. The same pictures were used (probably earlier) on a Curt Teich card with the "You' uns are hot — we' uns are not" on the bottom border instead of the picture.

Linen postcards continued to be mailed in the 1950s. Newer Florida comics also appeared on chrome postcards of the 1950s to 1970s. At least one chrome postcard was a repeat of a linen design. The comic styles on most of the later chrome postcards looked a lot sketchier than those on the linen comics.

On the next card, Curt Teich reused the images and words from a 1941 linen postcard on a chrome postcard published in 1960.

The next card is also by Curt Teich.

Next is a Plastichrome postcard by Colourpicture with a more typical 1950s comic style.

The next card has mailed in 1971 with an appropriate message written on the back:

Hi. Weather has been in the high 70s but windy. Every thing fine here, no fish yet, to (sic) busy. Home soon if we can get thru all that snow.

Some of the later chrome postcards included temperatures, either printed or as a blank that could be filled in. The next card is by Internations Gracphics, Inc. and has "Come On Down" printed on the back.

The next two postcards are by Koppel and published by Florida Natural Color, Inc. The first one was mailed in 1970 with this message written on the back:

Hi - No kidding the temperature was 76° today and sun shining. Can't believe it is cold at home. Sat on the beach today and watched all the … people…

"WHAT'S YOUR CHOICE ? ? ?" is printed on the back of the next card.

The next postcard was produced by Florida Development Commission and "PRINTED IN FLORIDA, U. S. A."

Weather comparisons have also been published on Modern Continental and oversize postcards.

The next postcard is a Continental size card by Curteich. The design is an updated version of one used on both linen and standard size chrome cards. It was mailed in 1979.

The newer cards have often used photos rather than comics.

 

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