Vintage Stories from the Virgin Islands
Curious about what visitors thought of the Virgin Islands?
Here are a few vintage postcards with their interesting perspectives. 🙂
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Virgin Gorda I love finding and collecting vintage postcards! Here’s one from a guest staying in the British Virgin Islands in 1958. “A beautiful place with wonderful accommodations! Food is simply marvelous with plenty of fruit and fish native to this area. Hurricane Cleo passed by last night, but not much damage here.” HVJ To find […]Read More
Creque’s Alley Number 3 This alley, located in St. Thomas, was said to be haunted during the 1930s. 👻 My grandmother lived upstairs with her husband and told us many years later of the sounds she used to hear. It was a private alley and no one but the family really used it. On several […]Read More
Visitors have loved the Virgin Islands since they first started arriving on steamers at the turn of the century. Others arrived by private yacht and anchored in the beautiful bay. Recently, I’ve started collecting postcards from past visitors and sharing their comments and thoughts about their holidays. Some are really quite interesting while others […]Read More
This is the Life I love finding these vintage postcards from visitors! To see the whole collection click on this sentence. This postcard says: Hi– This is the life! We’re coming home fat and lazy. We highly recommend a cruise. These islands are beautiful, especially this one. ~ Jean and Bernie Preman To find the […]Read More
Everything is just as I hoped! I often wonder what visitors think of our beautiful islands. Perusing eBay for some of the old postcards is the perfect place to discover the answers. Some of the old postcards are so interesting to read. For this guest staying in St. John, it was all about the food, the […]Read More
The Romantic Virgin Islands ~ 1956 Redbook Magazine shared a wonderful article about the romantic Virgin Islands in their September 1956 issue. Horace Sutton, the famed syndicated travel authority wrote about the beauties and glamour of the Virgin Islands. Here’s a quote from the magazine’s article which is available for sale on eBay. […]Read More
Here’s an interesting postcard that captures some of the charm of the Virgin Islands. 🙂 The Good Ol’ USA “Haiti and Trinidad were wonderful, but this is the spot —nothing like good ol’ U.S.A.” ~Peter Kohl Here is the link to the original postcard for sale. Update: This item has been sold and is unavailable. […]Read More
Here’s another complimentary postcard a visitor sent home in 1950. Colors Unbelievable! Dear Peg, – Boy! This is the place! Am getting sooo lazy! The roads are mountain paths. The water, just like this ink. Native food, music, dancing, and DRINKING unimaginable. Every day is a new and different series of experiences. The people […]Read More
Shopping for food on the waterfront was a novel idea for tourists.🍍 Here’s what one visitor wrote home: ~ 1965 Waterfront Shopping “I guess when you were younger, food was bought at places other than supermarkets, but I doubt if you have ever bought food as the people on the island do.” ~ Jack Here […]Read More
The Hotel Terrace at Bluebeard’s Castle Bluebeard’s Castle has one of the best views on the island of St. Thomas. It’s a historic property that dates back to 1689 when the Danish Government built it as a measure of defense. Later in the 1930s, it became a popular luncheon spot when it reopened to the public. In […]Read More
Arriving by ship must be an incredible experience for visitors!🚢 When they enter the harbor for the first time, they can see the three hills on which St. Thomas is built, along with Fort Christian which stands guard. Perched on two of the hills are Blackbeard’s Castle and Bluebeard’s Castle to the east, both of which […]Read More
Peter Island is truly paradise! Our of our ancestors purchased the Great Harbor area in 1913 with the hope of turning it into a coaling station. Everything changed when he died a few years later. The property sat for many years until being sold to the present owners of the island. Visitors have loved Peter […]Read More