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!
This delightful 1918 postcard depicts a picturesque Colorado mountain scene behind a forest of pine trees. Written from Hazel, to her Aunt in Illinois. Can you help us tell this story?
A postcard sent from Kalamazoo, MI in 1908. It shows an artist at an easel “Drawing His Salary”.
Here is a quirky postcard from 1905. It shows a “Group of Educated Orang Utans” gathered around a table sharing a meal. It is from the New Your Zoological Park. Can you help me find the story of the Parks family?
This 1915 French postcard came from the same lot as Pic of the Week (#123). It is beautifully colored and has a nice inscription on the back. Can you help me find and tell the story behind it?
Here is a beautiful French postcard from 1933 showing a young woman in a green and gold dress and holding a bouquet of purple flowers. Does the translation of her French letter on the back help us tell her story?
A 1915 postcard from California: “We are in San Diego for a few days. We are having a fine time. We are enjoying every minute. Fruits and vegetables in abundance of all kinds.”
A 1907 postcard to Miss Hazel Osborn of Prospect, Ohio: "How are you getting along All O.K. I suppose. Dale”. Can you help me find and tell their stories?
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."