Worcester Post Office

Worcester Post OfficePublished in the 1920s, this postcard shows the post office in Worcester, Massachusetts. On the back:

A Post Office was first established in Worcester in 1775, with Isaiah Thomas as postmaster. In 1897, the new Government Building was opened, which cost $400,000 and is one of the best and handsomest in the country.

Wayside Grill

Wayside GrillThe Wayside Grill, located at the corner of King and Kimball Streets in Littleton, Massachusetts. On the back:

Wayside Grill
LITTLETON, MASS.
ON ROUTES 2 AND 110
BetweenConcord and Ayer (Fort Devens)
Good Food Is Good Health
No Liquor Served
Luncheon, Dinner and Refreshments
We Specialize in
Delicious Waffles, Fried Clams and Ice Cream
OPEN THE YEAR ‘ROUND
Under the same Ownership
and Management since 1933.
“Where Friends Meet”
Albion W. Clair, Prop.

Fairlawn, Home of Miss Adele Kneeland

Fairlawn postcardFairlawn postcardI’ve come across a number of postcards that show various views of “Fairlawn”, the home of Miss Adele Kneeland in Lenox, Massachusetts, and it took a bit of searching to discover the story behind Miss Kneeland and her impressive estate. It seems that Adele inherited a substantial fortune, as well as Fairlawn itself, from her shipping-magnate grandfather, Charles Kneeland. She never married, and lived out her years transforming the house, formal gardens, and orchards into a grand estate of such beauty that it gained national acclaim. Adele Kneeland died in 1937, and the house and surroundings were leveled two years later.

Sleepy Hollow

Sleepy Hollow postcardImagine the luck: I’m going through a box of Massachusetts postcards today and come across this view of Sleepy Hollow…just in time for Halloween! But what is the Melvin Memorial? Stand by, Googling…
Found it. The memorial is a monument dedicated to Asa, John and Samuel Melvin, three brothers who died in the Civil War, and was sculpted by American artist Daniel Chester French. The inscription on the monument reads:

“IN MEMORY OF THREE BROTHERS BORN IN CONCORD
WHO AS PRIVATE SOLDIERS GAVE THEIR
LIVES IN THE WAR TO SAVE THE COUNTRY
THIS MEMORIAL IS PLACED HERE BY THEIR SURVIVING
BROTHER, HIMSELF A PRIVATE SOLDIER IN THE SAME WAR.
‘I WITH UNCOVERED HEAD
SALUTE THE SACRED DEAD
WHO WENT AND WHO RETURN NOT.’ “