Your FREE ebook awaits! πŸ™‚

Welcome to Vintage Virgin Islands!

Come in and look around. πŸ”Ž
Discover the stories long forgotten!

Which island are you interested in?


If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.

~ Rudyard Kipling

The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future.

~ Theodore Roosevelt

To forget one's ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without a root.

~ Chinese proverb

Life is but a little story, punctuated in the main with commas of our happiness and periods of our pain.

~ Edgar Selwyn

Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can't remember who we are or why we're here.

~ Sue Monk Kidd

People are hungry for stories. It's part of our being.

~ Studs Terkel

In the end, only the stories survive.

~ Alexis M. Smith

We are not makers of history. We are made by history.

~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

We have some greatΒ storiesΒ for you this year.πŸ—ž

Don't miss them!

Recent Stories ...

W. Harold Hancock paints the Virgin Islands

Do You Know the Location of this Colorful Painting?

Colorful Painting Hundreds of artists have captured the beauty of the Virgin Islands in their own way. 🎨 Street scenes, […]

Read More
Lunch at Bluebeard's Castle, US Virgin Islands

Lunch on the Hotel Terrace ~ 1957

Bluebeard’s Castle is a historic property thatΒ dates back to 1689 when the Danish Government built it as a measure of […]

Read More
St Thomas, US Virgin Islands postcard

Beautiful Weather Makes One Visitor Want to Stay ~ 1968

Arriving by ship must be an incredible experience for visitors!🚒 When they enter the harbor for the first time, they […]

Read More
Peter Island, British Virgin Islands postcard

Gentle Breezes and Great Food Make Peter Island a Special Place

Peter Island is truly paradise!Β  Our of our ancestors purchased the Great Harbor area in 1913 with the hope of […]

Read More
St. Thomas harbor, Danish West Indies

Visitor Says Danish Islands Not Worth Millions Paid

Lately, I’ve been reading old postcards and finding it quite entertainingΒ to see what visitors thought about the Virgin Islands. Here’s […]

Read More
Cane Bay Plantation, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands

Cane Bay Plantation, A lovely Spot ~ 1969

You can easily understandΒ why visitors foundΒ the Virgin Islands so captivating by reading some of the old postcards they sent. πŸ“§ […]

Read More
Caribbean Belle in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

Flamboyants and Buttercups and a Lovely Caribbean Belle ~ 1960s

I love these old postcards that capture a moment in time.Β  I remember climbing a flamboyant tree similar to the […]

Read More
Estate Concordia on St. Croix, US Virgin Islands

Rare Document Collection Up For Sale From Estate Concordia on St. Croix

Estate ConcordiaΒ  There’s a rare collection of documents about St. Croix’s history on sale today! The documents cover Estate Concordia […]

Read More
Caneel Bay postcard, St. John, US Virgin Islands 1958

The Lure of Caneel Bay Makes One Visitor Want To Stay ~ 1958

Caneel Bay Caneel Bay Caneel Bay ~ 1958 β›± In a postcard home to family, a visitor at Caneel Bay, […]

Read More

Pretty Postcard of the Apothecary Hall on Main Street ~ 1930s

Apothecary Hall This is a pretty postcard of the Apothecary Hall. The three-story building was destroyed by a Christmas fire […]

Read More
The Inauguration of the FIRST civilian Governor, Paul M. Pearson in the US Virgin Islands ~ 1931 By Valerie Sims

First Civilian Governor of the Virgin Islands Inaugurated ~ 1934

Today in VI History On this day, March 18, 1931, the first civilian governor of the US Virgin Islands was […]

Read More

St. Thomas Temperance Society Extolls the Virtues of Abstaining from Alcohol ~ 1911

St. Thomas Temperance Society   “Too few men have been given such opportunity for worthy service, and fewer still have […]

Read More

Interested in the Maritime H

Here are a few stories about visiting vessels and local boats ...

Remembering the RMS Rhone ~ 1867

Boy Finds Message in a Bottle in Virgin Gorda! ~ 1833

The Beautiful Boston-Built Schooner, GITANA anchors in the Harbor ~ 1899

See the Damage to the Creque Marine Railway After Hurricanes Irma and Maria

New Book Launched, Twice She Struck, The Story of RMS RHONE

The Yacht, Diablesse Visits St. Thomas ~ 1914

The Disappearance of the Fishing Sloop, KITE ~ 1901

Ever Wonder What St. Thomas Was Like One Hundred Years Ago? Take This Tour…

Happy National Maritime Day

Early Image of the Creque Marine Railway ~ 1912

44 Ships Belonging to the North Atlantic Fleet Pass Very Close to St. Croix ~ 1917

9 Residents Are First to Tour the Danish Training Ship, DANMARK ~ 1934

How Derrick Barges Help the Maritime Industry ~ 1933

Rebuilding a Sunken Sailboat ~ 1916

Lost at Sea! A Jost Van Dyke Sloop Vanishes Without a Trace ~ 1916

Thrilling Experience Touring A German Cruiser ~ 1932

How the British Sloop, SPIDER Disappeared During a Hurricane ~ 1916

The Sinking of the FANCY ME ~ 1926

Follow Along as the YAKABOO Island Hops Through the British Virgins ~ 1911

Repairing the EL CARIBE by Hand ~ 1937

Finding a Few Photographs and Invoices Keeps One Schooner’s History Alive ~ 1920

Find Your Family on this 1918 Passenger List!

Here’s a Glimpse of an Ill-Fated Schooner Before She Sunk ~ 1921

How Pencil-Written Notes and Photographs Preserved Schooner’s History ~ 1920

How One Brave Captain Touched the Hearts of Many As He Sailed Around the World ~ 1937

The Mail Schooner, VIRGINIA Visits ~ 1921

Big Job Pumping Out The Barge ~ 1930

Sugarcane Laborers Return Home on a German Cargo Ship ~ 1912

Tortola Sloop Caught With Contraband! ~ 1933

Carrying Cane Workers ~ 1917

See the Four-Masted Schooner Before She was Destroyed by Fire ~ 1920

Sad Sea Catastrophe: The Loss of the British Sloop, SYRIA ~ 1912

Rare Photograph of the EAGLE at the Railway ~ 1920s

A Few Lucky Residents Tour a One of a Kind Wonder Before She Sunk ~ 1914

Servicing the USS RANGER at the Railway ~ 1925

Repairing the MAMIE COYLE ~ 1929

The Most Beautiful Ship in the World Visits St. Thomas ~ 1938

How the Crew Survived its Sinking ~ 1932

The Loss of a Loved One Aboard the SS Proteus ~ 1941

The Yacht, FLIGHT Takes Party-Goers to Tortola ~ 1946

Honoring the Men of the MARION ~ 1930s

Watching the St. John-Pelican Cay Sloop Race ~ 1937

Visiting a German School Ship! ~ 1938

Rare BAT FISH Captured! ~ 1939

This Schooner’s Photograph Became a Popular Postcard ~ 1912

Local Artists Thrilled as 30 Pianos Arrive on the SS DOMINICA ~ 1934


Follow Our Blog!

You can sign up easily below.

Are you ordering from soon?

If so, please consider using our amazon link.

A small commission will be earned on any orders placed within 24 hours. Thank you!
Every little bit helps support the research behind the blog.Β 

Please share this website with friends! πŸ™‚