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TravelLust ~ Vintage Denmark & Beyond!

on August 25, 2020

As you might know, I’m a big fan of postcards. The older the better!

Since I can’t go on my much-wished-for-first-vacation-to-Copenhagen this year, I took a short, refreshing visual side-trip by browsing through my Danish grandmother’s collection of postcards.

Dating from the early 1900’s, these postcards feature beautiful photographs of Copenhagen (København) and other locales around the world. I love these postcards for the images, but also because they show that Grandmother Anna had many, many friends, which suggests to me that she had a lovely life.

I also love this collection because now I know exactly where my grandmother lived in Copenhagen before she immigrated to Canada. So when I finally get to Denmark, I can visit the building. Score! 

Today on Paper Lantern Writers I’m sharing some of Grandmother Anna’s Copenhagen postcards. And today on this blog I’m sharing some of her beyond-Copenhagen postcards. I hope that you enjoy them as much as I do.


We’ll start our trip by train, leaving from the Danish town of Roskilde. This postcard is dated June 21 1908.


Our First Stop is Skodsborg. This postcard date unreadable.


Second Stop is Bornholm. This postcard is dated December 7, 1902.


Third Stop is Korsor. This postcard is dated February 12, 1912.


Our Last Stop in Denmark is Egeskov Castle. This postcard date is October 23, 1906.


Fifth Stop is a forest somewhere in Germany. I just love this fence! This postcard date is September 19, 1909.


Sixth Stop is the Elisseeff Emporium in St. Petersbourg, Russia. This postcard date might be October 29, 1907.


Seventh Stop is way across the Atlantic–The State Fair Grounds in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a town & state that attracted a lot of Danish emigrants. This postcard date is April 27, 1916.


Our Final Stop is the City by the Bay–my own San Francisco, California! This postcard date is May 24, 1910, just four years after the big earthquake.


These are just some of the hundreds of postcards sent to my grandmother. She treasured these postcards her entire life, bringing them across the Atlantic when she immigrated to North America, and I treasure them now.

Although we can text to each other in seconds, sending a friend a meaningful image of our travels might keep us connected even longer. Postcards, anyone?


About Ana:

Ana Brazil has a master’s degree in American History and writes historical crime fiction celebrating bodacious American heroines. She is a founding member of the Paper Lantern Writers Collective of historical fiction writers, winner of the IBPA 2018 GOLD for Historical Fiction, and hangs her hat at

Regency Romance Spymaster, Author Elizabeth Cole

on July 24, 2020

Now on PaperLanternWriters, it’s Friday Wordsmith: Regency Romance Spymaster, Author Elizabeth Cole.

As Katie Stine (aka Regency Romance author Edie Cay) shares…

“In our first Friday interview for our new Friday Wordsmith series, we’ve thrown some questions at historical romance author Elizabeth Cole. Ms. Cole is the author of the Regency spy series Secrets of the Zodiac, the medieval romance series The Swordcross Knights, and the paranormal romance series The Brothers Salem. Her latest book, Breathless in the Dark was published earlier this year.”

Friday Wordsmith: Regency Romance Spymaster, Author Elizabeth Cole

More great quotes about photography…

on July 11, 2020

Yesterday’s links essay on Paper Lantern Writers featured some great quotes about photography, including this one:

“There are no bad pictures; that’s just how your face looks sometimes.” – President Abraham Lincoln

There were, in fact, so many great quotes about photography and being photographed that I couldn’t used them all. But I would like to share them with you.

“The two most engaging powers of a photograph are to make new things familiar and familiar things new.”
– William Thackeray

“I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them.”
– Diane Arbus

“A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away.” 
– Eudora Welty

“When you photograph a face… you photograph the soul behind it.”
– Jean-Luc Godard

“Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.”
– Imogen Cunningham


vintage cameras

Photo from the Frances Benjamin Johnston Collection, via the Library of Congress.

Goodreads Giveaway of THE ALOHA SPIRIT!

on July 9, 2020

“The poignant and atmospheric tale captures the pre–World War II diversity of Hawaiian culture,

a melting pot of religions and ethos… Evocative and engaging,

with a protagonist determined to keep the aloha spirit in her heart.” —Kirkus Reviews



Win a copy of fellow Paper Lantern Writer Linda Ulleseit’s novel THE ALOHA SPIRIT and get it BEFORE it’s released August 18!

The Giveaway is here at Goodreads!


FREE First Chapters Collection from Paper Lantern Writers!

on June 15, 2020

I’m very pleased to announce that Paper Lantern Writers–a Historical Fiction Writers Collective that I belong to–is launching a store!

Our initial volume offers readers a sneak peek into the various historical worlds of our current members. Download Paper Lantern Writers’ FIRST CHAPTERS: VOLUME ONE on either a .epub platform or a .pdf platform for free!

Included is MY Gilded Age mystery FANNY NEWCOMB AND THE IRISH CHANNEL RIPPER, C.V. Lee’s medieval work-in-progress ROSES AND REBELS, Kathryn Pritchett’s 19th century polygamous homesteader work-in-progress THE CASKET MAKER’S OTHER WIFE, Katie Stine/Edie Cay’s Regency historical romance A LADY’S REVENGE, and Linda Ulleseit’s 19th century Californian family saga UNDER THE ALMOND TREES.

Visit us at to download!

Memories of Ellen: YouTube Interview with Author Linda Ulleseit

on May 9, 2020

Paper Lantern Writer Linda Ulleseit featured her great-great-grandmother Ellen VanValkenburgh in her historical saga UNDER THE ALMOND TREES.

Find out more about Linda’s family journey in this YouTube interview.

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