Worcester, Postcard History Series

     I love looking at old postcards of the cities and towns where my family resided.  I purchased this really cool book on Worcester that published old postcards of the town in Massachusetts.  I am  posting a few of the postcards of the places that I know my family were present on a regular basis.  The book’s authors and contributors are Frank J. Morrill, William O. Hultgren, and Eric J. Salomonsson.
Front Cover of book

Postcards Below:

Worcester Boys Trade School

My Great Uncle Osborne Ambrose Cully attended Worcester Boys Trade School in Massachusetts.  He graduated in 1917 at the top of his class learning the trade of electrician.  Osborne was born in 1889 and died in the early 1930’s.

High School of Commerce: At one time it was Classical High School, which
was located on Walnut street.  It had been designed by architect Henry Hobson Richardson.
The School was dedicated on December 30, 1871.

My Great Uncle Wendell Phillip Culley attended and graduated from High School of Commerce in 1925.  He was the band leader at his school, and played the coronet and trumpet.

Worcester Country Club

I am not very familiar with Worcester Country Club, but I had found in earlier research a listing of members to this club.  I am not positive if they allowed Black members, but my Great Grandfather Ambrose E. Cully was so fair that he passed for white.  At the time of his membership, he had been widowed and his children were grown.  He would be mistaken as a White man, so I gather in 1920, they thought of him as such.

Wordless Wednesday: Pastoral Visit, New Bern, NC

Pastoral Visit
New Bern, North Carolina
Post Card
(The Albertype Co. Brooklyn NY)
   This is a postcard I purchased a few years ago through e-bay.

Not so Wordless Wednesday: Outdoor Places in Worcester, Massachusetts

I love old postcards.  I wanted to share some of the postcards I bought through e-bay.  My Great Grandfather Ambrose E. Cully migrated to Worcester, MA in the late 1880’s.  His in-laws, (My Great Great Grandmother and Great Great Aunt) migrated in the 1870’s and were members of the Old African American Community during Reconstruction.  They were active participants in building their community in hopes of opening opportunities for their children and their children’s children.

Lake Quinsegamond
Worcester, Mass
My Aunts & Uncles would row a boat in this Lake
Green Hill Park, General View
Worcester, MA
Hello, After the fair & a day in NY, we drove along the coast of Conn & R.I.
and are now going thru Mass to N.H.-Guess we won’t get to
Springfield but I’m thinking of you.  Alice
A Shady Path
Green Hill Park
Worcester, Mass
March 6, 1911

Those Places Thursday: The Hotel Theresa

Old PC bought through e-bay.

I heard my mother talk about Hotel Theresa located in Harlem when I was growing up, as she shared with me that this was one of the hotels that was segregated until the 1940’s.  It was one of those Swanky places.  Between 1913-1940, the hotel would only accept White guests.  In the 1940’s, it was opened to many of the well known African Americans such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Lena Horne, etc.

My mother told me that in the 1950’s her mother held some of her fashion shows in the hotel.  I yet to find the documentation, as I have found articles of her shows in other locations around Harlem.

This Hotel is also famous for housing Fidel Castro and his entourage during the opening session of the United Nations in 1960, as other Hotels would not accept his money.  Fidel Castro and Malcolm X met and had conversation at the Hotel Theresa.

Current Day picture dated December 18, 2010.

When I visited Harlem in December 2010, I took this picture of the historically designated city landmark building on the Corner of 125th Street & Adam Clayton Powell.  The building was converted into office spaces in 1971, and is now called, “Theresa Towers.”  This building has a rich history…and I can just hear the walls speak….This building is majestic as it stands against the sky.