Friday, October 26

Show and Tell Friday

Kelli at There's No Place Like Home is hosting Show and Tell Friday. If you would like to participate, just click on the name of her website for instructions.

Today I would like to show you some of my postcard collection. I started this collection way back in 1979. Though I haven't added to it for many years, I still enjoy looking through the cards every once in a while

I have hundreds of others but chose these because they are some are my favorites and because some are autumn and Halloween, which is the current season. I may share some of the Christmas postcards with you another time.


If you want to save money this Halloween, here is Grandma's recipe for lollipops. She most often made butterscotch, but you can make any flavor you wish.


* White sugar.

* Cream of tartar.

* Flavoring of your choice.

* Vegetable dye. (Today you would use food coloring)

* Water.


* Mix 2 cups white sugar and 1/8 teaspoon of cream of tartar together in a saucepan.

* Add 2/3 cup of water.

* Stir until sugar is completely dissolved.

* Boil mixture until a drop of the candy hardens when put into cold water.

* Remove saucepan from heat.

* Add dye and flavoring.

* Pour mixture into buttered lollipop molds.

* When mixture is partially cool, push wooden sticks into the center of the candy.

Note: Lollipop molds can be purchased at any store that sells candy making supplies. Orange or black lollipops are great for Halloween.

When candy has cooled overnight, wrap in cellophane and tie with a ribbon or a bit of raffia. Enjoy!


  1. I have never seen a recipe for lollipops before. Thanks for sharing. :D

  2. Hi Mary,
    I so enjoyed seeing your postcard collection as I also collect them. I don't have nearly as many of these beautiful seasonal ones though..
    Your blog is delightful and I've bookmarked it to return again. (I see lots of my blogging friends mentioned in some of your posts!)
    Stop in and say hi if you have time!

  3. ladymsnow,

    When I was young, nothing much was store bought - everything was homemade. This is an old recipe. If I remember correctly, Grandma got if from her Mother-in-law. Glad you enjoyed it.

  4. Susie,

    I would love to see some of your postcards. Not all of mine are this special either, although I do have lots of postcards with lovely ladies on them.

    Welcome and I'm glad you bookmarked my blog. You're welcome anytime. I will drop over and pay you a visit.

  5. How lovely! I especially like the lady with the hat and the Halloween one. Look at their faces, so graceful. Thanks for sharing and for your kind comment today. Have a nice weekend.

  6. Irene,

    I'm glad you could stop by. The postcard of the lady is one of my favorites. I love all of those vintage postcards with ladies on them. I have dozens of others that I may share at a later time.

  7. Beautiful postcards, Mary, thanks for participating in "Show and Tell Friday!"

    I also love the idea of homemade candy. Homemade is always the best, isn't it?

    Thanks for the nice comment on my blog today :)


  8. Michele,

    I'm glad you enjoyed seeing the postcards. Try those lollipops. They're delicious.

    You, my dear friend, brighten my days.


  9. I love the postcards!! I like the old fashion look! How neat!! Blessings,Grams

  10. your old postcards are marvelous! thanks for sharing them...

  11. Mary,

    Your post card collection is beautiful. So much nostalgia attached to them. Thank you for sharing. The lollipop recipe is nice, too. I copied it for my daughter. I think the kids would enjoy it.

    Have a great weekend.


  12. Grams,

    Most of my postcards have the nostalgia look. Some of them are linen cards and my daughter collected Native American cards.

    Thanks for dropping by. I always enjoy your visits.

  13. Ellen,

    Glad you enjoyed the cards. Thanks for dropping by.

  14. kristy jo,

    Glad you enjoyed your visit. I hope you will drop by again.

  15. Renie,

    I'm glad you enjoyed the postcards. My favorite is the lady with the big hat. My second favorite is the Halloween one.

    I hope your daughter and the kids enjoy making the lollipops. It's rather a fun recipe and the kids love to make their own candy.

  16. I love the victorian post cards. So pretty. :) Is the lolipop recipie hard? I always get a little paranoid when thinking of making hard candy.

    Thanks for visiting my blog today. I enjoyed visiting yours. :)

  17. I really like your postcard collection, very lovely. The lollipop recipe sounds good, love you my friend.

  18. Cool treat!
    You could do all kinds of cool things with that recipe.
    Also I love the postcards. My Mom has an assortment of old cards. She displays some of them in the guest bedroom-with the other antique things. :)

  19. Hello sweet Mary:-) Your vintage postcards are just gorgeous...I've just recently started collecting vintage Christmas cards and need to buy an album to put them in. Thank you so much for sharing your Grandma's recipe for the lollipops, they sound sooo yummy!! xoxo

  20. mommy,

    The lollipop recipe is easy to make. Give it a try. I think you'll enjoy it.

    Glad you enjoyed the postcards. Please drop over anytime.

  21. Denise,

    Glad you enjoyed the postcards. I don't know how long I will keep them. I'm not able to display them - lack of space, so am thinking about selling them to a collector that can enjoy them more.

    Take care and have a safe and wonderful weekend.


  22. Sharon,

    Yes, the lollipop recipe just needs a bit of imagination. Grandma sometimes used more than one color to die them and swirled them to look a bit like store bought lollipops.

    I can see your mother's guest bedroom with those beautiful antiques and her postcards displayed for her enjoyment as well as her guests. Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed your visit.

  23. Sweet Pea,

    Your vintage Christmas cards sound wonderful. Please post a photo of some of them when you have time. That would make a great show and tell post.

    The lollipops are good. There's many different ways to dye and decorate them.

    Blessings for a safe and happy weekend.


  24. Beautiful cards. I used to collect some mutoscope cards but they are harder and harder to find.

    Thanks for the candy recipe.

    My Mom was Nowegian and she used to make divinity at Christmas, but I could not find her recipe when she died. I still make all of her cookies though when I have time.

  25. Loved the ones you shared. Can't wait to see the Christmas ones.

  26. Thank you for the thoughts. I love your post cards. I see you are a survivor. My mom was dianosised with small cell carcinoma this spring it is termnial. But she is a fighter. IF you would like ot check out her blog it is
    Just though I would invite you.

  27. skywriter,

    Collecting cards is really fun. I found so many different ones. They are getting really expensive now and harder to find rare ones.

    I'm sorry you didn't find your mothers recipe. Our mothers have a tendency to know how to make things and not write them down. Maybe this is why you didn't find the one for divinity. However, I'm glad you have the cookie recipes.

    I will be sharing more of Grandma's recipes in the future.

    Thanks for dropping by and posting. I always enjoy visiting your blog.

  28. lady di,

    I will be sure to post some of the Christmas during the season. Thanks for your visit and your comments.

  29. charish,

    I will keep your mother in my prayers and will definitely visit her blog. Thanks for the invitation.

  30. Nice collection! I love Victorian post cards! I have a few, several with yellow roses on them. I look forward to seeing your Christmas collection!


  31. yellow rose arbor,

    I would love to see your postcards with the yellow roses. There's so many beautiful vintage cards.

    I will be certain to post some of the Christmas ones during the holiday season.

    I enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon.

  32. Oh lollipops looks so fun..
    I would love to make them with my grandsons!!

    Thanks for visiting my BLOG too
    and I do know Baldfaced Hornets are DANGEROUS

    I'll be back to visit you again~~

  33. Mary I don't believe I have your email. . but if you have the divinity recipe mine is

    Thank you so much.

  34. I love your old postcards. Thanks for sharing,

  35. This would really be fun to try. I always have trouble with the candy getting to that stage when dropped in cold water. This happened when I made fudge. This would be so cute for little gifts. Thank you for sharing. I also love your postcards. My daughter puts hers under a glass top on a table.

  36. skywriter,

    Just sent the email with the divinity recipe. Enjoy!

  37. Jane,

    I'm glad you enjoyed viewing the postcards. These are a lot of fun to collect.

    Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend.

  38. violetlady,

    Those postcards would be beautiful under a glass top table. I am going to put that on my Christmas wish list.

    Yes, the lollipops are fun to make and kids love them. Hope you try the recipe.

    Have a great weekend.

  39. Those cards are great! Now, I'm craving lollipops! Yummy!

    Lana G!

  40. Love 'em. Nearest I got was a collection of holiday postcards from around the world which I decoupaged on a suitcase.

    Blessings and bliss

  41. Hi! I saw your comment on "Our Happy Happenings" blog about toys. Just wanted to let you know about my site - I have several links of companies who produce toys, art supplies, etc., in the U.S. I don't make any money off of the site - just want to see more products being made here in the U.S., and thus more jobs staying here. I host a giveaway every week. (and usually they ship to US and Canada) Just wanted to let you know! Thanks!

  42. Hi Mary ~~ Your post cards are very
    nice ~ thanks for showing them to us.
    The recipe for lollipops sounds nice and easy too. Thanks for your comments and I am glad you enjoy the
    jokes and the flowers. I was amazed that the computer teacher hadn't heard of blogs, maybe he was joking.
    Take care, my friend, Love, Merle.

  43. Your postcards are the type that are very popular in blogging circles. Very pretty!

    Butterscotch lollies were always my favorite!

    I've awarded you, but just noticed you've already got this particular award...enjoy it again at my place!

  44. How wonderful. That's a great collection.
    And the recipe? I would have never even dreamed you could make your OWN lollipops!!


    Hope you're having a terrific weekend.

  45. Your recipe for making loooipops sounds great. I will have to try it for the grandchildren.

    I wanted to let you know that I have given you an award....stop by for the button and details.

    Have a wonderful weekend filled with lots of love and laughter!

  46. Miss Eagle,

    Your postcards from around the world decoupaged on your suitcase would be beautiful as well. I make graphics and awards out of my postcards. I've also made a few gifts with some of my postcards.

    For some reason I can never post on your blog, though I've visited several times. I'm hoping one day to have success. I won't give up :-)

    Have a good weekend.

  47. Patriot,

    Thank you for dropping by and letting me know about the giveaway. That's very generous of you to share the information.

    Thanks for dropping by. I'll be over to pay you a visit soon.


  48. what a cool idea making you rown lollipops!! I shall have to send a couple friends over here as they'd love it too!!

    thank you for stopping by my place...come on back anytime!

  49. mightymom

    Kids love making these lollipops. Those are about the only candy we got when we were kids. Grandma made them a couple of times a year. We did get store bought chocolates at Christmas and a few pieces of hardtack in our stockings. I believe it was a better way. We appreciated it more and didn't get cavities.

  50. The post cards are cool, Mary. Hang on to them, they may be worth a little $ in the future.:)

  51. Deborah,

    Thanks so much. I have had these postcards for years and plan to hand them down to my grandsons.

    Thanks for visiting. It's always nice to see you here.