Sunday, September 20, 2009

Postcards from Grandma, Aug. 21, 1908

On March 1, 1907, Gladys Hiestand was probably looking forward to the spring washing of her hair. Bigger news on that day for post card aficianados was the US Postal Service changed their rules so that postcards with a divided back were finally permitted. According to A Brief History of Postcard Types by Stefano Neis, The address had to be written on the right side of the back of the postcard while the left side was reserved for writing messages. At this time in American history the postcard hobby became a public addiction.

Postcards from this period are most collectible when they do not have writing on their fronts. Ones in prime condition currently go for $300 and up on vintage post card sites, whereas one like Grandma's, not including the historical family value, can be found on ebay for 99 cents. This "Real Photo" printed in England was considered of lesser value than those printed in Germany.

I like this card as it is the oldest card that has a message from Grandma. In case you can't read the message on the card itself, she writes:
Fri. morning [Aug 21, 1908]
Dear Mary: We arrived safe and sound Wed. morning and surprised them all greatly. Mamma got along better than usual. We enjoyed the pears greatly and ate them all but one, but Ellen & Roberta [Aunt Luna's daughters] soon made way with it. Found them all well. Gladys

Questions to be answered:
How long did Aunt Luna live in Mound City? At some point she moved to Columbia.
What did Uncle [first name unknown to me] Mitchell do in Mound City?
How long did it take to get from Hillsboro to Mound City via train in 1908?
When was Aunt Luna born?
When were Ellen and Roberta born?
Did "Mamma" not travel well or was she poorly in general?

Stay tuned for further postcard adventures!


Catherine said...

From HH: Enjoyed the postcard. Sorry we are in the dark about Aunt Luna, but do know that they moved from Mound City to Columbia so the children could go to the univ. there. On the train ride assume that one would have to transfer in Cincinnati and also in St. Louis ,where on our last vist there, still had the old train station, much lke the one in Indianoplis,but was now a mall.

Mary Uible Crowson said...

Catherine, next time I get to the library and can use, I will look up census reports and anything else I can find re: your questions. Thanks for posting these--VERY interesting!

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