Thursday, April 20, 2017

Vintage Postcards of Delmarva | Life in Sussex County, Delaware

These images are from postcards featuring areas of Delaware in the southern area of the First State. (Delaware only has three counties....Sussex, Kent and New Castle), however each one has many small towns which are all distinctly different. I recently began exploring many of the nearby places, visiting the historical society websites, walking and touring the main streets and soaking up the stories of yesteryear at their museums and community centers. I'm hoping to feature more information about the individual and unique places that Delaware has to offer in upcoming posts. Please enjoy the trip back in time with these postcards and don't miss the links at the bottom to other collections of photos and memories of the Delmarva Peninsula.

the Brick Hotel on the Circle in Georgetown
For comparison, here's a photo I took in
November '16 during the Return Day parade
Sussex County Courthouse....no date but that car....?
Reverse of above
Current view from the Circle
An older version of the Courthouse
"Tuckahoe Acres Camping Resort" in Dagsboro
Dated 1979
View of the sign and vintage campers
Post Office in Harrington
The Kent-Sussex County Fair I had to look up. "The Fairgrounds have been an integral part of life in and around Harrington since 1920 when a small group of entrepreneurs started the Kent & Sussex County Fair (name changed to the Delaware State Fair in 1962). Source
Rides at the Kent-Sussex County Fair. "The Delaware State Fair, as it is known today, began as an idea quietly conceived around a potbelly stove in the Harrington railroad station in 1919. The number of community-focused residents interested in starting this enterprise grew quickly as word of the plan leaked out. As the number who showed up for meetings grew, it became obvious that the railroad station could no longer serve as the meeting spot, and the group began to meet at the fire hall. The drive of these ambitious men helped formulate the Kent and Sussex County Fair which was incorporated in January 1920." Source
A "bathing beach" at Trap Pond in Laurel, at what is now Trap Pond State Park (and no swimming anymore....pollution)
Similar view of Trap Pond, taken October 2016
Sandy Cove camping area
Millville (near Bethany and Ocean View)
Main Street in Selbyville
Former senator's residence
Paperwork from Bunting Pontiac
Work order
Woody's Diner ....unfortunately no one
seems to know anything about it
Reverse of above
Another image of Tuckahoe Acres in Dagsboro
Tuckahoe Acres on the bay
Postcard from 1983
Image of coastal Delaware, exact location unknown
1961 Beach advertising magazine



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