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Fish Chef Fries Children Antique Postcard

1908 Antique Postcard Fish Chef Fries Children

I don’t even know where to start commenting this antique image is so disturbing.  Certainly an early image of child abuse.  Yikes, what was the exaggeration postcard artist thinking???

** Be sure to stop by the blog, The Best Hearts Are Crunchy, to view the many postcards shared on Postcard Friendship Friday.

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1908 Zinnia Flowers Postcard

1908 Zinnia Flowers Postcard Published by Robbins Bros.


” Howdy!  How are you getting along?  When are you comming (coming) up?  I told Vesta I would send you a card.  guess I will have to keep my promise.  you will have to put on your specles (spectacles) to read this.  I will write to you some day.  Tell Uncle Col. E. Whellor Aunt Pug don’t know I got this.  don’t know why she’d say she knew it.  But I was down town & see (saw) it and though (thought) I’d get it for you since it was pretty.  I’m not going to tell her either.  We have lots of sewing to do.  Have lots of (?).  Tell Vesta to hurry up. tese (these) chigers (chiggers) are itchen (itching, underlined) like (?).  We have plenty of butter & milk now.  Have my post card book about full now.  I took (unable to decipher) card with the (?) on it.  I think it is swell.  (?) to very mean fight to get it.  Well I’m running short on space. But can’t help it.  We are all well.  write soon.     D.B. ”

Spectacles Needed

Believe it or not, the above message was on one side of this postcard in VERY tiny writing.  D.B. wasn’t kidding when he/she said spectacles were needed to read the message.  I used a magnifying glass.

Aunt Pug Doesn’t Know

I wonder what Aunt Pug doesn’t know about, but says she does?  D.B. said it was pretty.  He/she wasn’t going to tell Aunt Pug, so maybe it was a surprise?  Isn’t it fun to speculate?

Postcard Hobby in 1908

I noticed D.B. mentions a post card book.  Glad to read the postcard hobby is alive and well back in 1908.  It would be interesting to read other first hand accounts of postcard collecting in the early 20th century.  Note, D.B. separates post and card.  I’ve always used “postcard”.  I wonder which is right.

** Be sure to stop by the blog, The Best Hearts Are Crunchy, to view the many postcards shared on Postcard Friendship Friday.

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Second Kansas City, MO Courthouse

1892 Courthouse, Kansas City, MO

Queen Anne or second empire Victorian mansions have sooo much character in their architectural features; from grand staircases, stained glass, and turrets, to pocket doors.  The woodwork in some is incredible (not to mention no longer found in today’s homes).  The above postcard of the second Kansas City, MO courthouse (razed in 1936) isn’t a Victorian mansion, but does have a lot of character too.

Unattractive Courthouse

Kansas City’s second courthouse had symmetrical and rounded windows, cresting, turrets, and was made of native stone.  It was located at 5th and Oak Streets, and cost $200,000 in 1892.  Some people were dissatisfied with it, and demanded a more attractive and accessible building.  I don’t know why they found it unattractive.  The aforementioned features were found in many Victorian homes of the times.  Did they find their own homes unattractive?

Inaccessible Courthouse

I also wonder why they considered it inaccessible.  It can’t have been the location.  The third courthouse was built just down the street.   Maybe they considered the stairs a problem?  I don’t know why as the stairs don’t look as steep as stairs in Victorian houses.

Courthouse Razed

We may never know the whole story regarding why people were dissatisfied with their courthouse.  What we do know is the second courthouse was razed and salvaged after 43 years of use as part of Judge Harry S. Truman’s  “10 Year Plan”, starting in 1930, to transform Jackson County and Kansas City’s skyline.

Ephemera Trivia: President Harry S. Truman was elected judge of Jackson County, MO in 1926.  He therefore worked in Kansas City’s second courthouse.

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