Friday, July 24, 2009

Postcard Frienship Friday - A Salty Sea Captain

Welcome to another Postcard Friendship Friday sponsored by Marie at Voila! Vintage Postcards!

Today's' scenic Florida card shows royal palms and bougainvillea. The description on the back of the card reads:

Bougainvillea not only comes in a purple color, but in yellow, orange, white, pink and crimson. Florida is the land of gorgeous flowers and she leads all other states in the variety of soils, crops, fishes, trees, flowers, herbs and birds.

So there you have it. It must be true because it says so on the postcard!

Many varieties of palm trees grow in Florida including the showy royal palms pictured on the card. The only palm that is native to Florida, however, is the sabal palm. It is called by several names including cabbage palm and palmetto and is designated as the official state tree. This is the tree that gives us heart of palm salads. It grows wild across the state, and is such a slow grower that mature trees are transplanted from wild areas to landscaped areas.

The salt tolerant Sabal palm graces our beaches.

A closeup of the papery and very showy flowers of the bougainvillea.

The postcard was posted on June 11, 1956 in St. Petersburg Florida and mailed to Marion, Iowa ( near Cedar Rapids). It reads:
Dear Friend.
It was some surprise for me to hear from you. I haven't spent much time in Galveston for I have been going to sea for 35 years. Have just quit and living here in Florida. 2946 Pinellas Pt. Dr. So. St. Petersburg.
Yours truly
Charles L. Lorer
Charles' lived in south St. Petersburg, just a few blocks from the (then) brand new two lane Sunshine Skyway bridge.
Hopefully, after 35 years at sea, Charles relaxed and enjoyed his retirement in the Sunshine State. Perhaps he met up with Gladys "Red" Mullroney - recently bereaved of her 3rd husband - who at age 60 was still very sprightly and looked rather fetching in her bobbley flamingo earrings, toreador pants and halter tops. She hooked on to Chaz, as she insisted on calling him, for mid-morning shuffleboard and also made sure he sat next to her (and NOT that Clara Sommer person) at the Egg N' I during late breakfasts.
His somewhat salty language was a nice change from the tea and bridge ladies. Red was quite sure that his cherry blend pipe tobacco kept the mosquitoes away better than her patio collection of citronella candles. He still swaggered a bit when he walked, as though he had just stepped off a ship - perhaps it was because he was within hearing distance of the waves lapping at the edge of St. Petersburg's shore.


Mim said...

As usual, love your story. I also like the the way he says...sort of off hand that he retired after 35 years and "good to hear from you" - imagine that! Getting a postcard from someone after 35 years of silence - terrific!

Debby said...

WOW!!! This is odd!!! Great post.

Marie Reed said...

I look hot in my bobbely flamingo earings too! Gosh I miss Florida! Especially since it won't stop raining here. I bought the boys rain jackets and galoshes yesterday...zoinks!

Marie Reed said...

PS... You are the cat's meow Musey! You add such razzmatazz to postcards!

Bob of Holland said...

Great story. Thanks. And I love the picture of your grandma and you.

Aimee said...

bougainvillea trees are so pretty! Happy PFF!

Sheila said...

I love the story! And I love bougainvillea too - stunning flowers.

Robin said...

Oh I do so love your stories....and postcards as well. :-)

Have a beautiful day

Chris Overstreet said...

How could you even THINK of siccing Red on poor Charles? Leave the man in peace! :)

steviewren said...

Muse, trust you to pick the perfect word that encapsulates "Red" Mulroney's showy personality. If "Chaz" doesn't realize he had better run at the first flounce of Red's bobbley flamingo earrings, then he has been at sea too long. It is clear that that girl intends to make him her "Catch of the Day."

Dave King said...

I'm not sure which I enjoy more - the cards themselves or the stories behind them. Hope you can keep them coming.

Lavinia said...

You know me...I love anything to do with Ship's captains!

Jeanne said...

Ah, a love story!

Do you go to cemeteries and develop stories for the tombstones?

Debby said...

I'm not sure why suddenly my comments are not getting through, but Gladys and the Cap'n doubtless swaggered off into the sunset to live happily ever after. I love your little stories!

Carole said...

That's a great postcard!

Anonymous said...

Your blog makes me want to take a vacation!