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St. Thomas History

Tortola Sloop in the US Virgin Islands

5 Distinctive Features of a Tortola Sloop ~ 1957

Tortola Sloops Did you know that the true origins for the design of the Tortola Sloop are a mystery? According […]

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women kb.dk, Our New Virgin Islands

Uncle Sam’s New Virgin Islands ~ 1917

Uncle Sam’s New Virgin Islands Rare glimpses into what the new Virgin Islands was like just after being ceded to […]

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St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands postcard

Rum Swizzles, Island Tours and Shopping Top One Visitors List ~ 1967

Visitors have loved the Virgin Islands since they first started arriving on steamers at the turn of the century. Others […]

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Come Back To The Virgin Isles ~ 1957

Come Back to the Virgin Isles Bill La Motta was one of the most talentedย pianists, organists, composers and arrangers from […]

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Carnival Time in the Virgin Islands

Celebrating Carnival Time in the US Virgin Islands ~ 1978

Carnival Time The first Carnival celebrations in the Virgin Islands were joyous ones! Both were successes in 1912 and 1914 […]

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The Virgin Islands Postcard

This is the Life in the Virgin Islands ~ 1973

This is the Life I love finding these vintage postcards from visitors! To see the whole collection click on this […]

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Visiting the Virgin Islands ~ 1964

Visiting the Virgin Islandsย    Here are a few photographs one visitor took while visiting St. Thomas in 1964. To […]

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1956, Redbook Magazine about the romantic Virgin Islands

The Romantic Virgin Islands ~ 1956

The Romantic Virgin Islands ~ 1956 Redbook Magazine shared a wonderful article about the romantic Virgin Islands in their September […]

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Beautiful painting by Russ Elliott of St. Thomas.

Beautiful Painting of St. Thomas Harbor for Sale ~ 1986

Russ Elliott Russ Elliott’s paintings can be found in many high-endย hotels and estates throughout the world! Known for his murals […]

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Cricket team played in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands ~ 1953

Rare St. Thomas Cricket Team Photograph Available ~ 1953

Cricket Team For those that love Cricket, this is a fantastic collectible! This photograph of the team was taken at […]

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St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands Postcard

The Donkeys Bray, the Roosters Crow, But I Could Stay Forever ~ 1950s

Here’s an interesting postcard that captures some of the charm of the islands. ๐Ÿ™‚ The Good Ol’ USA “Haiti and […]

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Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas US Virgin Islands

The Colors Are Unbelievable and the People So Friendly ~ 1950

Here’s another complimentary postcard a visitor sent home in 1950. ย  Colors Unbelievable!   Dear Peg, – Boy! This is […]

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1965 Waterfront shopping, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands postcard

Waterfront Shopping, a Novel Experience for Visitors ~ 1965

Shopping for food on the waterfront was a novel idea for tourists.๐Ÿ Here’s what one visitor wrote home: ~ 1965 […]

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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. ๐ŸŽจ Street scenes, […]

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Lunch at Bluebeard's Castle, US Virgin Islands

Lunch on the Hotel Terrace ~ 1957

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

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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!๐Ÿšข When they enter the harbor for the first time, they […]

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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.ย  I remember climbing a flamboyant tree similar to the […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt visits the US Virgin Islands in 1934 by Valerie Sims

First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt Visits the US Virgin Islands ~ 1934

Today in VI History On this day, March 7, 1934, the First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt visited the US Virgin Islands. […]

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Pretty watercolor painting of the Grand Hotel in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands by M NIeld

Pretty Watercolor Rendering of the Grand Hotel ~ 1963

Pretty Watercolor The artist, M. Nield captured the heart of Charlotte Amalie when the Grand Hotel was chosen as a […]

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st Thomas, Enid M. Baa

5 Postcards Offer Interesting Virgin Islands’ History Lessons by Enid M. Baa ~ 1934

Enid M. Baa, Librarian Recently, I’ve been finding the most incredible Virgin Islands memorabilia on eBay! ๐Ÿ“จ This set of […]

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Leo S. Carty paintings of the US Virgin Islands

Beautiful Prints of the US Virgin Islands by Leo S. Carty

Leo S. Carty I love Mr. Carty’s paintings of the Virgin Islands! ๐ŸŽจ They’re beautiful! Don’t you think? His scenes […]

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Limbo Dancing, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

The Limbo Dance, Too Hot to Handle ~ 1962

I love eBay for all the fascinating collectibles one can find on the history of the Virgin Islands. ๐Ÿ”ฅ Here’s […]

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Interested in the history of St. Thomas under the Danish flag?

Here are a few stories...

Newly Discovered Camille Pissarro Painting Up For Auction!

190 Vintage Photographs of the Danish West Indies Up for Auction!

Colorful Coastal Scene of St. Thomas on Auction ~ 1824

Rare View of St. Thomas From Havensight ~ 1809

Visitor Says Danish Islands Not Worth Millions Paid

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

Who Owned This Popular Corner Store in St. Thomas?

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

See the Greatest Show on Earth! ~ 1835

Rare Conch Pearls Found! ~ 1906

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, One of the Greatest Living Composers by Alton A. Adams ~ 1910

Pretty Painting up for Auction of the West Indies

The Marriage of Opposites Book by Alice Hoffman

Could This Be Morningstar Beach in St. Thomas?

Strange Fish Caught Off St. Thomas ~ 1857

Amazing Photograph Collection Up For Auction! ~ 1911

The Royal Three Quarters of The Town of Charlotte Amalie

Honoring Hurricane Heroes Past and Present

How Crown House Survived the Hurricane of 1916

Two Treasured Paintings Document a Memorable Moment in Virgin Islands History ~ 1801

Unveiling the Bust of King Christian IX ~ 1909

Rare Souvenir Booklet Found! ~ 1897

How a Celebrated Fragrance Lasted the Test of Time ~ 1860s

Telegraph Office Postcard ~ 1909

Very Old Photographs of the Virgin Islands

The First Performance of the Adams Juvenile Band ~ 1910

The Yacht, Diablesse Visits St. Thomas ~ 1914

The Quest for Buried Treasure Never Dies!

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

How Panama Hats Became So Popular ~ 1905

How Strength and Perseverance Gave Coal Carriers a Memorable Legacy

The Thrills and Dangers of Animal-Driven Carts ~ 1906

How the Coaling Women Persevered ~ 1907

How the 40th Anniversary of King Christian IX’s Reign was Celebrated ~ 1903

Early St. Thomas Panoramas ~ 1850s

How a Family Historian Discovered Where Hugo Larsen Painted One of His Masterpieces ~ 1905

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

A Famous English Actor Causes Quite a Stir ~ 1903

Celebrating Three King’s Day ~ 1910

Rebuilding a Sunken Sailboat ~ 1916

The Disappearance of the British Sloop, SPIDER During a Hurricane ~ 1916

Peruvian Independence Celebrated ~ 1916

Fire Destroys the St. Thomas Telegraph Office ~ 1909

Honoring the Veteran Postman ~ 1903

GRUNDLOV Constitution Celebrated! ~ 1914

Taking the Last Danish Census ~ 1911

Discovering One of the Earliest Stories by J. Antonio Jarvis

Honoring the Anniversary of TRANSFER DAY ~ 1917

How a New Name for the Danish West Indies was Chosen ~ 1917๏ปฟ

How a Heartfelt Letter Written 100 Years Ago Still Has Meaning ~ 1902

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