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Bauer Family Postcard

Postcard from Mrs. Emma Bauer to her friend Lizzie Austin

Postcard from Mrs. Emma (nee Dargel) Bauer to her friend Lizzie Austin – From the collection of David Ogden (Click to enlarge)

The Bauer’s sprawling bungalow-style mansion, “Four Oaks,” located on Fair Oaks Avenue in South Pasadena, boasted expansive gardens, a swimming pool, and tennis courts. The Bauer compound took up a half of a city block. J.A. Bauer retired in 1922, and passed away in his sleep on October 23, 1923.

The postcard at left not only showcases Four Oaks, but is written by Mrs. Emma Bauer to her friend Lizzie Austin in her former hometown of Paducah, Kentucky. Dated July 9, 1926, Emma writes:

Dear friend,

I hope you are well. I keep very well but very lonesome. We have had lots of fruit and flowers. I hear of you through Mrs. Lucy. Mrs. Flynn seems much better in health than she has been in 2 years. 

Keep well, 

Mrs. J.A. Bauer

Bauer Pottery Invoice

Bauer Pottery Invoice

Bauer Pottery Invoice – From the collection of David Ogden (Click to enlarge)

Bauer Pottery invoice from October 16, 1934 to Young’s Furniture (now Dunsmuir Hardware), Dunsmuir, California.

Based on the six color lineup that was available during the period, I would guess color “B” is delph blue and “M.B.” refers to medium (or royal) blue. They’ve ordered three black flower bowls, but all of the dinnerware is in green, yellow, orange, and blue.

 

 

 

Bauer Pottery Desk Blotter

Bauer Pottery Desk Blotter - 1944

Bauer Pottery Desk Blotter – 1944: From the collection of David Ogden (Click to enlarge)

Bauer Pottery patriotic desk blotter from 1944: This blotter is distributed as an aid in stimulating a greater feeling of determination and cooperation towards America’s war aims.

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