This postcard was mailed within South Dakota in 1911, and on the back is written:
Hello old boy – How are all the folks? Ollie is here now and we are having a great time. Write soon and often, J.C.
This postcard is interesting not just because of the cut-and-paste figures in the foreground, but also for what appears to be a very early sightseeing bus. It looks rather like a motorized hay wagon!
Just the card to send to your literary-minded friends. Mailed from Camden, West Virginia on December 31, 1910, the message on the back reads:
Hello Emma, How are you? I am well. I received your card all O.K. I wish you a Happy New Year. From W.S.J.
The publisher of this postcard isn’t noted, and neither is the vacation spot, which should be printed across the banner. On the back is printed: Series No. 836 Pennant Bathing Girls 12 Designs.
Published by the Asheville Post Card Co., this postcard is generic, with no reference to place. Perhaps the blank area on the left is there for the addition of a location?
Mailed within the town of Deadwood, South Dakota in 1908, this embossed St. Patrick’s Day postcard is pretty sweet.
The message of this embossed postcard eludes me. A child toasting a portrait? Someone’s going to have to help me decipher this one.
Created by art teacher and illustrator Florence Pretz of St. Louis, Missouri, the Billiken was a good-luck charm doll that was patented in 1908. Said to have come to Pretz in a dream, the Billiken was hugely popular, inspiring songs and even becoming the athletic mascot of Saint Louis University, a status it still retains.
The back of this postcard tells it all:
ELSIE AND FAMILY IN PERSON
Elmer is at the left, Elsie at right, and young Beauregard in his playpen. Elsie’s dressing table, made of barrels, has milk bottle lamps and her toiletries include Tail Wave Set, Henna Fur Glaze and Meadow Mud Pack. Elmer’s chair is made of actual wheels with barrel stoves for rockers. The sampler over the mantel, Elsie did when she was just a heifer. The candle sticks are half ears of corn and the bed ladders have scythe-handles for supports. Books in the breakfront include The Farmer With Cold Hands, Animal Husbandry and Wifery, and Bulliver’s Travels. Elsie’s dressing table mirror is a large frying pan and the floor lamp is an old churn.
Here’s a postcard, mailed in 1908, that offers a bit if advice still pertinent today. I suppose some things are timeless.