Sunday, August 22, 2010

Do The Locomotion With Me

Now that you can do it let's make a chain now
Come on, baby, do the locomotion
Chug-a chug-a motion like a railroad train now
Come on, baby, do the locomotion
Do it nice and easy now and don't lose control
A little bit of rhythm and a lot of soul
Come on, come on, do the locomotion with me

Lyrics by Carole King

Little Eva Performing The Locomotion
Shindig (Early 1960s)

Say Locomotion to me, and the first thing I think of is Little Eva. So when the Festival of Postcards theme was announced as "Locomotion;" it wasn't transportation I went looking for, but dancing.

And I found it! Straight from the Paris Flea Market, eight dancing darlings. Why they even look like they're doing "The Locomotion."

They were a set of three postcards of the same eight children in dancing poses that was purchased in the Paris Flea Market several years ago by a gentleman in Oregon. He cleaned out his collections and offered them for sale. I loved them, I bought them, and now I get to share them with you!

There was a stamp on one card for the photographer, see inset below.

H. Katzer
Kulm Gasse #13

H. Katzer (Photographic Studio)
Vienna 17 (Perhaps Vienna 1917)
Kulm Alley #13

The card material is very thin. The back of the postcard, seen below, is divided with a space for the address, but no stamp box. As this was made in Austria, I have very little information to share, just a great RPPC.

~ Wander The World & The Web ~

Other Postcard Articles:

Shedding Light On - Whist

Water, Water, Everywhere - From Chile

A Sign Of The Times - The Candlestick Telephone In A Postcard

Big Wheels - President Theodore Roosevelt and Family.

Sometimes Main Street Is The Whole Town - Glendive, Montana

Papa Can You Hear Me - A young girl in Montana looks for her father.

From A Simple Postcard - Grace Mathewson and her collection.



Vaule, Rosamond. As We Were: American Photographic Postcards, 1905-1930. Boston: David R. Godine, 2004.


Eight Dancing Darlings. H. Katzer. Real Photo Postcard. 1917?. Privately held by the footnoteMaven, Preston, WA. 2008.


The Festival of Postcards. 2010.


Blogger Andrea said...

This is just wonderful! Thank you for sharing!! Do you mind if I use it in a piece of digital art?

August 23, 2010 at 5:14 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...


Glad you liked it. I have no objections to you using the dancing darlings in your digital art with proper attribution. You know me.

And I have a question for you if you would please send an email to me at


August 23, 2010 at 6:27 PM  
Blogger Lori H said...

Fantastic! What adorable children!

September 1, 2010 at 12:37 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...


They are dancing darlings aren't they?


September 7, 2010 at 8:15 PM  
Blogger Nikki - Notes of Life said...

I love postcards :) I also like the fact that my great grandfather is on a commercial postcard... even if it is advertising "special turnip manure"!

September 20, 2010 at 2:11 PM  

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