Week 20: #52 Ancestors – Travel

By Eilene Lyon

Clare and Laurence Smith, my maternal grandparents.

My grandparents, Laurence and Clare Smith, traveled to visit my family wherever my dad happened to be stationed. And when Laurence retired from his job with the Army Corps of Engineers in Little Rock, Arkansas, they bought an Avion trailer, moved “home” to Portland, Oregon, and became snowbirds. They always pulled the trailer with a car, generally a Buick.

The Avion trailer in Little Rock.

Usually they took the trailer to California and Arizona, but they also explored the northwest, on up into Canada. They traveled more widely, too, leaving the trailer at home. Wherever they roamed, they sent postcards. I thought I’d share some of them.

In 1974 they took a couple trips to British Columbia and Alberta, Canada.



These are from various trips to California and Arizona. The first one cracks me up. I remember when they were die-hard Lawrence Welk watchers.





In 1980, just a few months after they watched Mount St. Helens erupt, they went on a cruise/bus tour of Alaska.



They made a visit to Orlando, Florida, in 1986 and sent this card from Epcot.


Feature image: “Springtime in the Valley of the Sun” a postcard sent by my grandparents from Arizona in 1976.

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  1. Wonderful, Wonderful…I had to laugh, I watched The Lawrence Welk show every Sunday with my mother, one of her favourites! This is such a treasure to have. It must have been fun putting this post together! People rarely send post cards anymore. I’m being nostalgic, but I used to love getting them, even when they arrived after the person was home!

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  2. When I was a kid I would mail postcards to myself when we traveled. No idea what happened to them, but I really liked them.
    I like the oxymoron in the LW post card, “luxury mobile home village”
    Adios, Au Revoir, Auf Wiedersehen —good night!

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    1. Glad you caught that – I thought it especially hilarious. I bought a lot of postcards, but kept them, not mailing them. I think most have been ditched. My aunt puts them in albums along with the pictures she took.

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  3. I love old postcards and have many in my collection. One hundred years ago it was popular to take a photo and have it made into a post card to send to friends. My favorite is inscribed simply, “Hey you kind!”

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  4. You’re so fortunate to have these—more for the personal messages than the postcards themselves, of course. I was most struck by how different the Vancouver skyline looks from what we saw when we were there just a few years ago.


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