Every Friday The Psychogenealogist shares a "Pic of the Week." The intent is to encourage thought and imagination about the spaces where psychology, genealogy, and history converge.
Here is a festive end of the year Christmas and New Year postcard sent in 1910!
It was sent from Ridgway, Illinois in January of 1910. It was addressed to a “Miss Anna Flynn” of Carmi, Illinois. Both are small farm towns about 30 miles apart.
There is a note on the back.
The note on the back appears to read:
Wish one and all a Happy New Year. Suppose Santa Claus came to you heavily loaded. Was very good to me. I am very busy now preparing to be bride-maid for a wedding. How are you standing this cold weather? Love to all.
Test your Genealogy Research Chops!
Can you help me discover who the people referenced in this postcard are? Perhaps you could help me find a descendent related to this family who might like the postcard for a family history keepsake? Here are some questions to think about:
Who is the sender and who is the recipient? What are their stories?
What is the relationship between the two?
How old were these young women in 1910?
What sort of presents was Santa “heavily loaded” with?
Who is getting married in the wedding referenced in the note?
What do you think, feel, and wonder about as you view and read this postcard.
I would love to hear what you come up with!
Handsomely dressed in a suite, tie, and tweed overcoat turned up at the collar, Themistocles sports a well coiffed head of dark Grecian hair and a toothbrush mustache. Can you help me find his story?
Hannah Mortensen sends a postcard to Amelia Naukee of Detroit, Michigan. Here’s what it says. Can you help me find and tell their stories?
Postcard (1910): “Wish one and all a Happy New Year. Suppose Santa Claus came to you heavily loaded. Was very good to me. I am very busy now preparing to be bride-maid for a wedding. How are you standing this cold weather? Love to all. Anna L.”
An early 1900s postcard sent between cousins. Can you help me find and tell their stories?
This 1911 postcard is delightful for two reasons: the beautiful pastel drawing and the extremely legible handwriting. Can you help me tell the stories of Ida, Wilber, and Stella?
“Being Good is Such A Lonesome Job” - A 1908 postcard from Elsie Crothers Lamb to her husband George. Can you help me find their relatives?
A 1913 postcard picturing a smiling watermelon wearing a top hat and bow tie. Beneath him are the words: “I’m Your Melon Honey”.
“Papa and mama arrived here all O.K. and left for Penn on the mid night train. Don't look for them home until Mon. night.” - 1910 postcard from Lapeer to Rose City, Michigan.
In 1907 a mystery person sent a funny postcard to 13 year old Miss Lela Seiler of Mt. Carmel, Illinois. Here is what is known of her story. What is left to learn?
A vintage 1946 Paul Bunyan postcard sent from Grayling, MI by Bonnie and Max to Flossie Stimer of Jackson. Can you help me find their family?
Ethel Rosemon receives a postcard from the Catskills in 1906. Who is she? What is her story? And what is left to learn?
"Everybody Works But Father" - A 1907 postcard sent to Mrs. K.F. Way of Painesville, Ohio.
A Toast to ye Landlord (postcard 1912) - "May you always have some money - Left from the money you have spent - To greet your landlord with a sneer - When he comes calling for the rent."
"THEY WANT ME TO STAY THE WORST WAY" - A postcard sent to David Moe Pickens (1888-1975) of Leipsic, Ohio in 1911. Can you help me find his family?
I found this early to mid 1950s postcard of "Sorenson's" at a local antique store. It shows the downtown of Grayling, Michigan, a city that has been a personal family vacation spot for decades. Do you know what kind of car that is? I do, now.
Here's a lovely 1907 postcard of two young lovebirds having a kiss. It was sent to a Miss Alice Dickerson of Hastings, Michigan. Here is some of her story.
"You go here and I'll go there. We'll both be out of view. And while I sit in silent bliss, I'll think sweet thoughts of you." Postcard from 1947.
Postcard to Mrs. Sam Beaty of Peabody, Kansas in 1918. Front: Electric Park in Kansas City, Missouri.
"My Dear Ruth: ... Well this is all I can get on the card so good bye with love from Mabel Bowers Merriam, Kansas"
We did it! Fifty-two weeks in a row The Psychogenealogist has posted a Pic of the Week. Here is a video of all of them in order. Which is your favorite? Mine is #22.
Happy New Year, 1915!
"Dear Friend: Ruth is no better. Pulse is 120-130 per minute. She looks awfully bad and the doctors say she can't possibly recover. She must lie in bed day after day, no visitors and nothing to do but wait . . . "