Greetings From Niantic, Connecticut

Niantic, Connecticut PostcardThis Greetings from Niantic postcard isn’t very old, or even particularly interesting, at least not until yesterday. You see, I was pricing a box of postcards to take up to the antique mall where I deal in postcards, and this one served nicely as a marker to keep between the priced and yet-to-be-priced cards. Having left the room for a moment, I returned to find that the card was no longer stuck vertically between the cards, Postcard-Eating Catbut had been pulled out and lying on top of the others. Upon close inspection I discovered four holes, punched into the postcard with a symmetry that seemed familiar somehow. (you can see a close-up here) I soon determined that the card had fallen victim to a vicious cat attack. After the initial horror had subsided, I proceeded to find the culprit. Given that we have a multiple-cat household a bit of forensic research was in order, and close scrutiny of the bite radius revealed that Simon, a rather large gray and white tabby, had committed the heinous crime. The lesson learned? Watch those cats!

West Rock

West Rock PostcardPostmarked in 1906, this undivided back postcard was published by A.C. Bosselman & Co., a New York business that was active during the first two decades of the century. The brief correspondence, “This afternoon I am going for an Auto ride”, speaks from a time when an automobile ride was indeed a major event.