Monthly Archives: February 2014

House of Burgesses, Williamsburg, Virginia

This depicts a legislative scene in the Capitol Building, featuring the House of Burgesses. This was the first elected legislature in the American Colonies.

Genuine Curteich-Chicago “C.T. Art Colortone”

The description states:

A scene in the House of Burgesses, Capitol Building, Williamsburg, Virginia, where George Mason’s Bill of Rights was introduced and where Patrick Henry made his famous “Treason” speech.

–The “Treason” speech mentioned above is the one made in support of his Virginia Stamp Act Resolutions, which are widely considered to be a major causus belli for the American Revolution. The postcard likely dates from the 1950s.

Governor’s Bedchamber, Williamsburg, Virginia

This image shows the furnishings of Colonial Williamsburg, specifically the bedchamber, which was more than just a place to sleep, as evidenced by the table and chairs.

Genuine Curteich-Chicago “C.T. Art Colortone”

The description states:

The great bedchamber, Governor’s Palace, Williamsburg, Virginia. One of the finest collections of antique furniture is assembled in this building, which was the residence of the royal representatives in the Colony of Virginia. It is now open to the public the year around.

–These linen textured  cards are typical of cards produced in the 1950s.

Supper Room, Governor’s Palace, Williamsburg, Virginia

This interior image of the palace shows the elaborate decorations of the supper room. Among the more notable details are the pedimented door and the crown molding.

Made in Switzerland by Atelier Graphique, H. Vontobel, Feldmeilen

The description states:

Supper Room, Governor’s Palace

Williamsburg, Virginia

The ballroom wing of the Palace, containing ballroom and supper room, was added about 1751 when extensive repairs were undertaken.

–The numerous, seemingly superfluous chairs lining the walls were likely called into service when there was a larger table installed. The card likely dates from the 1950s.