It is enjoyable to hear a distant creak or a clatter of a large single turning windmill. It is a peaceful sight when one gets to observe cattle, and/or horses gathered up around a large water tank enjoying a drink of fresh cold water. The scene brings to mind the peace and quiet of special moments on the farm or of the old west. However, if you can't enjoy this scene in person, and live to far away from the country side, you might enjoy searching through your postcards for pictures of windmills. There is a large variety of windmill postcards, both old models and some newer.
The windmill has been around for a long time and it appears they will be around for many years to come. The first known record of mans' earliest attempt to make use of wind power has been traced back to Biblical times. Centuries ago, someone had the idea to try and harness the power of the wind. Shapes, plans and applications continue to change and modernize, but the concept of capturing and using natures wind remains the same.
The early Dutch settlers appeared to have been the ones who created and designed the basic, windmill. History, both verbal, and written, and through drawings it appears the Dutch were first to fashion the earliest and basic windmill design. Although there has been and continues to be changes, a windmill still is quickly recognized for its main purpose which Is to provide wind power for water or milling.
The sailors of the early clipper ships landing on European shores told how they used the winds to help steer their ships when transporting goods from port-to-port. Many of these sailors traded with merchants and told how they'd witnessed farmers building large towers with arms that turned
With the winds, creating power to bring I water sources from below the earth to the surface.
Throughout history the mystic of the wind has challenged and intrigued mankind. The changes in seasons bring about different types of winds. Wind is caused by constant interchange of air between cold polar and warm tropic air. It is also produced by the rotation of earth. Man faces a constant education challenge as he tries to learn and keep track of constant weather changes. There are men and women who dedicate their lives the complicated study of climate and weather., After training, some will show up on your local T.V. station, others work behind the scenes, and/or. Continue their scientific studies.
We have affixed a variety of labels to describe wind variations. There are "monsoon/is" (rainy Season in Asia and South) - "Chinook" - a spring wind that tows down from Alberta, Canada & Montana. The winter often offers the well-known "Northerner" that often paralyzes big cities in the Northeast and throughout the Midwest, and on occasion pushes far enough south to cause havoc with southern fruit and vegetable crops. We are usually reminded each year about the "Santa Ana Winds" in California which is sometimes blamed for uncontrolled grass and brush fires. The Spanish, Italians and French have to deal with the "Sirocco" winds that sweep across the Sahara Desert.
There is a large variety of postcards available for the collector. Shown here is a real photo card of an old style windmill at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco CA. The card is simple called Windmill, Photo published by T. C. Bardell. Another older style windmill postcard is of the "Robertson's Windmill," of Williamsburg, Virginia. The picture is on chrome postcard, but of an old style windmill.
A newer style, is used to water livestock, and is located in the Sand Hills of Nebraska. The Surrounding countryside looks lonely and dry, but not always. A description on the back indicates there is both surface and near surface water available, but in dry times, I'd bet they really need the windmills and large water tanks.
A continental size card, titled "Windmill's Silent Sentry", and although newer, is one of my Favorites. The card was made from a watercolor by Raymond L. Crouse, and published by "Flatlanders, “Art Gallery, 1982 - Colorado.
There may be a lot of quiet, slow moving windmills across the country, but a new generation is showing up. The builders, designers, etc., no longer refer them just as windmills, but as "Turbines." Plans to expand and to capture all the wind they can, grows. The large "wind Catchers" are placed to create a new supply of not water, but electrical power. Concerns over shortages and/or methods to retrieve oil and gas from the earth worry engineers, environmentalist, and politicians. Oklahoma has a new proposal Titled "Wind Catcher" -that will stretch 800 turbines across the western areas of Kansas, Texas, and mostly Oklahoma. Plans are still in the working - true the wind does come sweeping down the plains, but not everyone is sure they'll welcome the new fashion windmills. Many of those acres are still owned by ranchers, small business enterprises, etc. What a about the wildlife that calls the area home? A lot of changes in our world - and I'm sure more to come. Postcards are a good way to remember and save history for future generations.