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US Virgin Islands History

Carnival parade with Mocko Jumbies in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

St. John and Virgin Islands History Book by Gideon West

There’s a new book about the history of the Virgin Islands with a focus on St. John available!   It’s […]

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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. 🙂 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.   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.🍍 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. 🎨 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 that 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!🚢 When they enter the harbor for the first time, they […]

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Cane Bay Plantation, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands

Cane Bay Plantation, A lovely Spot ~ 1969

You can easily understand why visitors found the Virgin Islands so captivating by reading some of the old postcards they sent. 📧 […]

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

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Estate Concordia on St. Croix, US Virgin Islands

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

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

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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 ⛱ In a postcard home to family, a visitor at Caneel Bay, […]

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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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Pretty lady St Croix, US Virgin Islands by Helen C. Taylor

Do You Recognize This Pretty Lady From St. Croix? ~ 1939

  Helen C. Taylor Not much in known about Helen C. Taylor, the artist that created this beautiful pastel painting […]

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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 This pretty watercolor captured the Grand Hotel in the heart of Charlotte Amalie, one of the busiest squares in […]

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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! 📨 This set of […]

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St. Croix Government House Declared a National Historic Site ~ 1932

Today in VI History The Government House in Christiansted, St. Croix was declared a Virgin Islands National Historic Site ~ March […]

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Sprauve Library, St. John, US Virgin Islands

Historic Home Houses Public Library ~ 1790

The Sprauve Public Library is located in one of the oldest buildings that has survived the ravages of time including […]

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Through the Sands of Time by Judah M. Cohen

Through The Sands of Time Book by Judah M. Cohen

In just a few days, a new documentary about the living history of the oldest Synagogue will be unveiled in […]

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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! 🎨 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. 🔥 Here’s […]

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Seascape painting by Eljay Torgar of the Virgin Islands

Pretty Seascape Beach Painting by Eljay Torgar Available

Eljay Torgar There’s a pretty watercolor painting of a beach scene in St. Thomas up for sale on ebay. 🖼 Asking […]

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St. Croix Masqueraders Painting by Walt Dehner

Who is the True Artist Behind this St. Croix Carnival Painting?

St. Croix Carnival Masqueraders I love finding pretty paintings of the Virgin Islands, whether at an art show, auction or online. […]

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Interested in the history of the Danish West Indies?

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Who Was David Hamilton Jackson?

My Emancipated Ancestors by Dr. Dante Beretta

Newly Discovered Camille Pissarro Painting Up For Auction!

Cultural Adaptation & Resistance on St. John Book by Karen Fog Olwig

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

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

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

Who Owned This Popular Corner Store in St. Thomas?

A Romantic History of St. Croix Book by Florence Lewisoln

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

See the Greatest Show on Earth! ~ 1835

Through The Sands of Time Book by Judah M. Cohen

10 Books David Hamilton Jackson Recommended You Read ~ 1916

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

Saint Croix 1770 – 1776 book by Robert Amandus Johnson

Danish West Indies Satirical Lithograph for Sale ~ 1901

The Marriage of Opposites Book by Alice Hoffman

Fireburn Book by Apple Gidley

Could This Be Morningstar Beach in St. Thomas?

Strange Fish Caught Off St. Thomas ~ 1857

Christopher Columbus Visits the Virgin Islands ~ 1493

Amazing Photograph Collection Up For Auction! ~ 1911

The Royal Three Quarters of The Town of Charlotte Amalie

Happy David Hamilton Jackson Day!

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

Collecting Postcards From The Past

Local Star Gazers Turned out to See a Solar Eclipse ~ 1897

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

Today in Virgin Islands History ~ April 9

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

Early St. Thomas Panoramas ~ 1850s

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