The Psychogenealogist Pic of the Week (#103) - "Santa Claus came to you heavily loaded"

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.

Anna L.

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!

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