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"#20 / Spinx(sic) Head profile, Old Man's Cave. / Hocking Co. Ohio."
unused real photo with good composition and contrast, trivial wear to bottom
corners. Postcard sold. Still available for scholarly
study & research as an enlarged (almost 2x original postcard area) 100-dpi scan in
.jpg or .tif format. $1.50 o(h)rc
"#38 / INTERIOR OLD MAN'S CAVE" real photo post card mailed 1946 to Belgium, mild corner wear. $2.00 oc
"249--SHOSHONE ICE CAVE, SOUTHERN IDAHO / PHOTO BY WESLEY ANDREWS / 70-29-N" unused linen postcard from Wesley Andrews Company, slight yellowing of the paper with age, good edges, exceptionally colorful. $2.75 ipc
"280. - Afrique Occidentale / Montanes du Macina / Sépultures de Habibčs ŕ l'intérieur les plus / retirés et les plus inaccessibles de la / falaise." showing a native boy & several skulls at the entrance to cliff caves that once served as burial places for Tellern hunter-gathers & Dogons who conquered them. Then in French Soudan, now in Mali; surely one of the most inaccessible places on earth. The village of Yendouma is probably nearby at the base of the cliffs. The terminology 'Montanes du Macina' is not in modern usage & the burial of Habibčs tribe members as stated in the caption is problematic at best. Despite these errors, publisher Fortier in Dakar Sénégal counted this amongst his best views, adding advertising to the back as follows: 'POST CARDS / Great choice of wiews(sic) and / natives of whole / West Africa. / COLLECTION FORTIER / on sale at FORTIER / CLOSE TO POST-OFFICE'. Because of the errors we mention, it is not likely that many were distributed like this. One of the best African postcards we have ever seen, and worthy of the finest collections of French West Africa. There is a faint small corner crease that is hard to detect from the front because it blends in with the rocks. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 fmmcc
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"341 FONTAINEBLEU. -- La Foręt. -- ... / Caverne des Brigands. -- LL." in France, where brigands would hide, postcard from a booklet, unused, fairly fresh. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $2.00 fc
"37605 / Entrance -- Penns Cave" including several tourists; black & white Silvercraft real photo postcard from the Kepler Studio, lightly toned back, good edges. The cave, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is in Gregg Township Pennsylvania. $3.00 cp(g)
"527:--Exploring Bat Cave, Bat Cave, N. C. / 'In the Chimney Rock Section'" including man with lantern & walking stick, post card mailed 1930 from Hendersonville. lightly toned back, corner crease, internal crease, edge wear. $1.50 nc*
"546 THE BRIDAL CHAMBER, CAVE OF THE WINDS / MANITOU SPRINGS, COLORADO 11695" showing its interior in color, unused white-border era post card, fairly fresh. $3.25 cc(m)
"5476 - IN VIOLET CITY MAMMOTH CAVE, KENTUCKY" postcard published by Bagby Howe Drug Company, mailed 1915 at Peoria Ohio (good 1˘ Balboa stamp is tied), bottom corner creased twice, small scrape at right front edge, light water stain at one back corner cannot be detected from the front. We have seen this design reused on a common white-border era card. $2.00 ck
"551:-ONE OF THE BEAUTIFUL CAVES IN THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY OF VIRGINIA / 45316" unused linen postcard, near mint. $4.99 cv(s)
"93. SULPHUR CAVE. BANFF." with a man posed for scale, unused Azo (squares in corners) real photo postcard with matte finish & slight oxidation consistent with its circa-1927 age, copyrighted & photographed by Byron Harmon for the Canadian Pacific Railway, made in Canada. Our date estimate comes from the only postmark we could find on a card from this series. SOLD cpar
"(A53) Entrance of Cave, Enoshima ..." including people on & near a rustic bridge for scale, blue caption continuing in Japanese, carte postale with unevenly divided back (circa 1907-1908), very late usage at Sparks Kansas, bottom corner crease, light spotty toning on back probably from the printing process itself. Hard to find! $7.50 cj
"Among the legends of the Sioux Indians are stories of a sacred cave, a cave of the winds, / ..." with reproduced Durenceau art showing a kneeling man, well done home-made (and, hence, unique) postcard mailed 1961 at Petty Texas. corner crease, lightly toned front. $2.00 sic
"A Royat. Dans la Grotte du Chien." with 8 people touring the French volcanic grotto by torchlight; handstamped on front 'LA GROTTE VOLCANIQUE DE ROYAT', carte postale mailed AOUT 04 to Paris, front borders are lightly toned, 2 tiny ink spots on back. $8.00 cf(r)
"ASH CAVE, located 3 miles southeast of South Bloomingville off Route 56 ..." including its waterfall early chrome-era postcard published by SOHIO in its Let's Explore Ohio scenic series, from a Kodachrome by Arnold Eagle, a few small light spots of toning on back, trivial edge wear. $1.00 o(a)wc
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"CARLSBAD CAVERNS NATIONAL PARK, NEW MEXICO / LUNCHROOM . . . The mammoth dining room 754 feet / below the surface..." shown without patrons to emphasize its distinctive design, unused chrome postcard from a photo by 'Tex' Helm. $1.50 nci(r)Same, but mailed 1955, small tear at top edge, one corner multiply creased, small ink spot on back, as is. $0.50 nci(r)
"Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico / 95 The Chapel of Dome Room 120953-N" postcard mailed there 1947 with later usage there, tiny corner crease & trivial corner wear do not affect the image, interesting information printed on the back, some cancel ink on front. $2.75 nc
"CARLSBAD / CAVERNS / NATIONAL PARK / NEW MEXICO / NATURAL ENTRANCE BY TRAIL" with 14 views, Curt Tech souvenir folder copyright 1957, unmailed. $2.50
"CARLSBAD / CAVERNS / NATIONAL PARK / NEW MEXICO // NATURAL ENTRANCE BY TRAIL / NATURE'S UNDERGROUND FAIRYLAND" unused Curteich souvenir folder with 1950 copyright, sixteen views back-to-back & a small map on the inside of the cover. Fairly fresh. $2.50 nc
"Carlsbad Caverns, N. Mex." showing a long line of visitors passing through; vertical format, well done home-made (and, hence, unique) postcard mailed 1963 from Trivoli Illinois. $2.50 cn
"Carlsbad Caverns, N. Mex." showing a park ranger and 5 people within, well done home-made (and, hence, unique) post card mailed 1963 at Kenney Illinois, minor wear at 2 corners. $2.25 cn
"Carlsbad Caverns, N. Mex." showing a park ranger at the Dolls Theater with 2 boys, well done home-made (and, hence, unique) postcard mailed 1965 at Perrysville Ohio. $2.50 cn
"Carlsbad Caverns, N. Mex." showing a small group underground with their backs to the viewer, well done home-made (and, hence, unique) postcard mailed 1963 at Lostant Illinois, minor corner wear. $2.00 cn
"Carlsbad Caverns, N. Mex." showing an interior in color, well done home-made (and, hence, unique_ post card mailed 1963 from Argos Indiana, small corner bend that is hard to see from the front. $2.25 cn
"Cave of the Winds in Winter, Niagara Falls." white-border era postcard with pertinent information on back, very late usage at Helmuth, scrape along one back edge, corner crease, corner & edge wear. $1.50 nc
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"Cheddar, Gough's New Caves, 'Solomons Temple.' / Electrically Illuminated" sepia-tone post card from W. Gough, unused, faint album impressions at the corners. $3.00 ec
"Chinese Wall near Onyx Chambers, Mammoth Cave, Ky. / Frozen Niagara Entrance" unused Curteich linen postcard in vertical format, trivial wear at one corner, 2 tiny spots on back. $2.50 kc
"CHRIST BLESSING THE CHILDREN, THE BEAUTIFUL CAVERNS OF LURAY, VIRGINIA" white-border era post card from Marken & Bielfeld, unused, corner crease. $1.25 rc
"Cliff Dwellers at Eureka Springs, Ark." black-and-white postcard published by Gray (who was also the photographer), light toning on back, slight yellowing of the paper with age, unusual subject matter. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (almost 2x original postcard area) 100-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.50 (ac)
"Copyrighted 1896 by H. C. GANTER / BEN HAINS, Cave Photographer / NEW ALBANY, IND U.S.A. / HEAD OF ECHO RIVER" with a group of adults pictured in black & white at the cave there, pertinent writing on front, 2 corner creases, light toning spots both sides. Post card sold. Still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size & enhanced 72-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.50 kcp
"Copyrighted 1896 by H. C. GANTER / BEN HAINS, Cave Photographer / NEW ALBANY, IND U.S.A. / MAMMOTH CAVE, / CONSUMPTIVES' CABIN" showing an exterior corner, unused black & white postcard printed in the 1910's; tiny spot at top of back. In the early 1840's a colony of consumptives resided in the cave as a medical experiment, seeking health from its air; instead, they found death in a strange & ghastly form, as the cold dank air worsened their symptoms. $10.00 k(m)mcp
"CORKSCREW ENTRANCE / BANDIT HALL IN THE MAMMOTH CAVE OF KENTUCKY" unused postcard in color, copyrighted. Circa 1932. $4.00 ck
"CRYSTAL FALLS, / FAIRYLAND CAVERNS, ROCK CITY GARDENS / LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN" in Tennessee, unused linen postcard, 2 small spots on back. $1.50
"DIAMOND CASCADE, SHENANDOAH CAVERNS, VIRGINIA" showing the illuminated formation with many gemstones, unused white-border era postcard from Martin & Bielfeld, fairly fresh. $3.75 cv
"DIAMOND CORRIDOR / FAIRYLAND CAVERNS / ROCK CITY GARDENS " in Tennessee, chrome post card, interior showing 2 elves holding a sign, corner wear & rounding. $1.50 Same but one small corner crease. $1.25
"'Drapery Room' in Mammoth Cave, Kentucky / Frozen Niagara Entrance" unused Curteich linen post card in vertical format, back paper just starting to show its age, good edges. $3.00 kc
"EA3EG" continental QSL card mailed 1935 to the US (10 cts stamp tied for Papiers d'afaire rate) by operator Juan L. Gomila, pinhole at top center, tiny corner crease. Front illustrations: Cuevas de Arta-Mallorca (one of the local caves), 'memory of a good friend' & La Alhambra, as well as other art. $4.00 sc*
"ELBOW CREVICE IN THE MAMMOTH CAVE OF KENTUCKY / Copyrighted 1898 by H. C. Canter / Ben Hains, Cave Photographer..." color white-border era postcard in vertical format, unused, corner crease, otherwise fairly fresh. $3.50 kc
"ENTRANCE TO PENN'S CAVE." black & white Albertype postcard, unused, good edges. $3.50 pac
"Entrance to the Old Fort or Mystic Cave, Fort George, New York" postcard printed in Germany circa 1915 but mailed much later, corner wear & rounding. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (almost 2x original postcard area) 100-dpi scan in .jpg format. $1.50 cn
"ENTRANCE WONDERLAND CAVE, BELLA VISTA, ARKANSAS" hosting the world's largest nightclub by the way(!), unused linen post card. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size & enhanced 72-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.50 acs
"EVENING BAT FLIGHT / ENTRANCE CARLSBAD CAVERN. / © LECK. CARLSBAD, NEW MEX." unused NOKO real photo postcard with text printed on back about Carlsbad Cave National Monument, oxidation consistent with circa-1910 age (when it was established as a national monument by executive order), good edges. $5.00 cn(c)a
"FAIRYLAND CAVERNS / ROCK CITY GARDENS / LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN" in Tennessee, showing the entrance, unused linen postcard with minor corner wear. $1.75
"Frozen Cascades" at Endless Caverns Virginia, unused hand-colored Albertype post card, back paper browning evenly with age, good edges. $5.00 vach
"Gruss von der Bergfahrt / in Tirol ~ Hamburg" showing an underground polished wooden slide in an Austrian mountain cave; unused circa-1904 Postkarte, good edges, album impressions at all corners, bottom corner crease caused by album removal is hard to detect from the front. Our date estimate is from a cancelled example we have seen previously. Unusual subject matter. Bergfahrt refers to the train ride that takes you deep into the mountain; the slide takes you to where salt used to be mined. $16.00 gcma NEW / NY / NOVO
"ICE MINE ENTRANCE, COUDERSPORT, PA. / ICE CRAWLING OVER THE ENTRANCE TO NATURE'S WONDER. MAMMOTH ICICLES AND ICE FORMATIONS IN MINE / VISITED ANNUALLY BY THOUSANDS." white-border era postcard mailed 1925 from Kane, 2 corner creases, a few small dark spots in lower front caption area. This is not literally a mine, but rather a cave. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $2.00 pcm
"INTERIOR, MAMMOTH CAVE, PUT-IN-BAY, OHIO / 48206" unused white-border era postcard, several small spots of light toning in front border. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $2.00 co
"IN THE GARDEN OF THE GODS -- PENN'S CAVE." black & white Albertype postcard, unused, dark toning & some wear along one short back edge. $3.00 pac
"LEANING TOWER OF PISA AND STEPS TO THE BRIDAL ALTAR / HOWE CAVERNS, N. Y." linen post card mailed 1957, scraped edge. $1.25 nc
"Le Lot Pittoresque / 483. - LACAVE / La Colonne aux pattes d'araignée" showing a man near the unusual meeting of a stalactite & stalagmite, black & white carte postale with green back from booklet, very late usage at Swampton Kentucky, corner crease in caption area. $3.75 cf(l)
"Le Lot Pittoresque / 490. - LACAVE. - Salle du Petit Chaos" including a couple of people for scale, black & white carte postale with green back from booklet, very late usage at Huntsville Kentucky, tiny corner bend. $4.00 cf(l)
"MAMMOTH CAVE R. R., GLASGOW JUNCTION, KY." showing its 'Hercules 3' steam locomotive & one car awaiting duty; unused postcard published by Kyle Company in Louisville, printer's code on back dates to 1917, noticeable wear at 2 corners. $8.50 k(g)r(m)c
"MAMMOTH CAVE WAX MUSEUM, Cave City, Ky. / In the President Scene we find President Richard / M. Nixon, Lady Bird Johnson, Lyndon B. Johnson, / John F. Kennedy, Ralph Bunche,..." unused chrome postcard with fresh appearance & good edges. $1.25 kcm*
MAY 18 1967 bold & complete Silver Dollar City (DPO) hand cancel on 4-c Lincoln stamp franking post card to Ohio, view captioned "Elephant Ears / Marvel Cave" (near Branson), typed publicity message for the Marvel Cave Park. $2.50 m-c
"NPC-10 / SNOWBALL ROOM IN MAMMOTH CAVE / Mammoth Cave National Park Kentucky" including many tables ready for luncheon visitors, chrome post card mailed 1964 to Ohio. $1.25 kc
"ONHMIN THONZE (30 CAVES) PAGODA, IS ESPECIALLY MAGICAL AND A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE OF SAGAING HILL / ..." in Burma; unused continental post card, excellent condition. $1.50 bc NEW / NY / NOVO
"'PENNSYLVANIA Has Everything' / 'Land of Penn' Invites You / PENN'S CAVE in Centre County is America's / only all water cavern. ..." unused Silvercraft postcard from Dexter Press, from an official photo of the Pennsylvania State Publicity Commission, rough edges as issued, small light spot of toning near the top back edge. $3.00 p(p)c
"RIO DE JANEIRO AGASSIZ CAVERNS IN TIJUCA BRAZIL" monochromatic green postcard, unused, from Lito Tip Guanabara, minor wear at 3 corners, pinhole in top center border, slight yellowing of paper. Issued at the New York World Fair in 1939. $3.75. bce#*
"'Rockhounds' in Arizona" with colorful unattributed art depicting a group within a large cave, well done home-made (and, hence, unique) postcard mailed 1962 at Ogden Illinois, hint of toning a one front corner not in the image. $1.75 ca(u)
"Salt Petre Vats, Operated During War of 1812, in Mammoth Cave, Ky." including several visitors on a walkway for scale, unused Curteich linen postcard with good edges. $3.00 kc
"Shoshone Indian Ice Caves" showing an arched lava tube with ice floor in Idaho, unused chrome post card from Northwest Curio & Post Card Co. $1.00 ic
"SIAMESE TWIN STALAGMITES IN / KING'S PALACE / CARLSBAD CAVERNS NATIONAL PARK / NEW MEXICO" unused chrome, copyright notice of Hemler Post Card Co., fairly fresh. $1.25 nc
"Sites Pittoresques de France Comte / 1204. - Environs de Salins-les-Sains (Jura) -- Nans-sous-SAINTE-ANNE / La Vallée du Lison, vue depuis lat Grotte de la Source" circa-1920 carte postale with green back, very late usage at Hudson Kentucky, light toning at the back edges. In Jura, France. $2.25 f(n)c
"Soda Fountain In / Bluff Dwellers / Cave, near Noel, MO. // Noel Ozark Photo Shop / 28" unused sepia-tone Azo real photo (squares in corners, 1924-1949) postcard, name written in bottom front border, slight curl to the paper. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (almost 2x original postcard area) 100-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.50 m(b)ci(m)
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"STONE TENTS, AMONG PREHISTORIC CLIFF DWELLINGS, OTOWI CANYON, NEW MEXICO" white-border era postcard mailed 1934 at Santa Fe, minor corner wear, some cancel ink on front, interesting information printed on back. $3.25 n(o)pc
"STRAIT OF GIBRALTAR -- PENN'S CAVE." black & white Albertype post card, unused, good edges. $3.50 pac
"Sulphur Cave, Steamboat Springs, Colo." unused sepia-tone post card showing its entrance, from an undisclosed publisher, mild corner & edge wear. Circa 1910. $7.50 c(s)c*
"The American Girl Bath / Bellamar Caves Matanzas-Cuba Cuevas de Bellamar Matanzas-Cuba" sepia-tone on undivided back with yellowish paper, mailed with Cuban 1-centavo stamp to Millington Illinois (nice receiving mark) in 1907, corner crease, mild corner & edge wear, light reddish toning in front caption area. Postcard sold. Still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size 72-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.50
"THE ARM CHAIR IN THE MAMMOTH CAVE OF KENTUCKY, JENNY LIND RESTED IN THIS CHAIR / 22347" post card mailed 1934 (partial CIN. & NASH. TR 2 R.P.O. cancel) to Mrs. E. G. Blackburn in Fredericktown Ohio, unevenly toned back, mild corner & edge wear. $2.50 ck(m)
"THE BRIDAL ALTAR, HOWE CAVERNS, N. Y." white-border era post card mailed there 1932, toned back, extraneous writing on back, dark toning at edges of one front corner, another corner chipped away (not in image), long crease, as is. $0.50 nc
"The / Cave Man's / Drapery. / Penn's Cave." black & white Albertype postcard, unused, lightly toned back, good edges. $3.25 pac
"THE STATUE OF LIBERTY -- PENN'S CAVE." black & white Albertype postcard, unused, good edges. $3.50 pac
"Tonto Cliff Ruins / Apache Trail" in Arizona, unused sepia-tone Azo (squares in corners) real photo post card with crisp focus & glossy finish, slight oxidation consistent with age, good edges. Dwelling shown was built by Salado Indians, circa 14th century AD. Surprisingly hard to find; we found no other offers, nor did anyone exhibit it on a webpage when we searched the Internet. $7.00 ci(s)a(t) -2
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"WHERE THE WATER COMES OUT OF PENN'S CAVE." black & white Albertype postcard, unused, toning at upper left front corner, good edges. $3.00 pac
"WOODWARD CAVE. CRYSTAL LAKE. WOODWARD, PA." unused white-border era postcard from Tichnor, fresh appearance, good edges. $4.00 pc
"WOODWARD CAVE. DRAGONS' DEN. WOODWARD, PA." unused white-border era post card from Tichnor, fresh appearance, good edges. $4.00 pc
"WOODWARD CAVE. ENTRANCE TO CAVE. WOODWARD, PA." unused white-border era postcard from Tichnor, fresh appearance, good edges. $4.00 pc
"WOODWARD CAVE. LION HEAD IN CAVE. WOODWARD, PA." unused white-border era post card from Tichnor, two small light scrapes on back edges, front fresh. $3.50 pc
"WOODWARD CAVE. SHEPHERD AND LOST SHEEP. WOODWARD, PA." unused white-border era post card from Tichnor, fresh appearance, good edges. $4.00 pc
"WOODWARD CAVE. TOWER OF BABEL. WOODWARD, PA." unused white-border era postcard from Tichnor, fresh appearance, good edges. $4.00 pc
"WOODWARD CAVE--BUNCH OF BANANAS, WOODWARD, PA." unused white-border era post card from Tichnor, fresh front, minor wear near one back corner. $3.75 pc
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