August 26, 2005

Outbid!

Outbit on what, you may well ask? On a postcard.

For three or four years now I've become hooked on collecting postcards of Waterbury, Connecticut, land of my youth. Don't ask me why. I don't collect anything else, really. But there's something cool about seeing the places I was deeply familiar with as a kid as they were fifty or sixty years before that.

This morning on ebay a postcard was sold that had never turned up before. What's remarkable about it is that it shows the block that I lived in, right across the street from the main office of Scovill Manufacturing. In fact, the four story brick building I grew up in hadn't been built yet when the postcard was printed, some time before 1910. Anyway, this is one of only two postcards that shows that particular block and I already have the other one.

The card went on ebay with an opening price of $9.95. By last night it had gone up to $21. I put in a bid of $51 and went to bed. Minutes before the auction closed, though, someone else put in a higher bid and the card sold for $52. The winning bidder, I'll bet, probably grew up in the same general area.

All the buildings in the picture are long gone. The site of my apartment building is now buried beneath an overpass the goes from nowhere to nowhere. Scovill's is now the Brass Mill Center shopping mall and the Timexpo Museum.

Oh well. Now that I know the card exists, I'll keep going back to ebay to continue the chase.

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