Posts Tagged ‘messages’

Below is a curious message I found on the back of an 1908 antique bathing beauty postcard.  It reads:

“Dear Edna
be sure and send my coat when you send my machine,  got your letter yesterday.  Will write later


Bathing Beauty Postcard Piggy Back Child

1908 Bathing Beauty Postcard with UDB

Bathing Beauty Postcard Piggy Back Bk

What I’m curious about is the type of machine Anna wants sent thru the mail.  The time period and gender of the sender suggests perhaps a sewing machine.  However, peddle sewing machines were quite large.  Was the post office in 1908 equipped to mail an item the size and weight of a sewing machine?

Could there be another machine small enough to mail thru the post office?  What do you think?

Be sure to stop back on August 16th when I share an exciting find for my personal postcard collection.

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I came across a special vintage patriotic postcard with a type of postmark I had heard about, but not seen.  The postcard was hand stamped “Soldiers Mail, Capt. E.W. Hamlen, O.M.R.”.  Below is a picture of both the front and back for those who havenot seen this type postmark.

Archie Gunn Postcard The Sentry Moon

Archie Gunn Postcard The Sentry Moon

The above postcard, with soldiers mail hand stamp, was sent by W.E. Conner of the 108th U.S. Engineers.  W.E. writes that he arrived safe and sound (doesn’t mention where), and that everything is fine. I imagine this news was a great relief to the recipient, Miss Elsie Hankey.

(The above vintage postcard was artist signed by Archie Gunn.  Many more artist signed and patriotic postcards can be found in my store, Remember When Vintage Postcards.)

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I ran across this beautiful poem on the back of an embroidered silk vintage birthday postcard in a lot I recently bought.  Enjoy!

1915 Embroidered Silk Birthday Postcard, made in Germany.

“…Your Birthday is never forgotten, neither are you.
       And this little card brings with it a greeting true.
       God Bless you tis a simple word 
       But simple prayers in heaven are heard
       So mine shall surely bring to thee
       A Birthday blessing rich and free…”

For those of you who celebrate your birthday this month, Happy Birthday!

** This and other vintage birthday postcards can be found in my store, Remember When Vintage Postcards.  Also, we post a picture of an antique or vintage postcard’s back when listing it for sale.  If curious, stop by for a visit and browse our postcards to see what was written on their backs.

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Vintage Christmas Postcard, Sled Girls

Vintage Christmas Postcard printed in Germany

“Hello cousin Martha,
How you getting along.  I am well.  Martha(,) Santa Claus is coming soon.  you better be good or he will take you along.  Best Regards from Tillie to all(.)  answer soon.  tell your Momma that she write me a letter ore (or) Postal Card.  I like my place awful good.
Tillie Salger, 2015 Walnut Street, Murphysloo, Ill”

Boy, this vintage postcard message missed its intended purpose by a mile.  I certainly wouldn’t be threatened by the possibility that Santa Claus would “take me along”.  I’d probably be bad on purpose.  Can you imagine riding in Santa Claus’ sleigh?  Or seeing his reindeer?

The other thing I noticed in this postcard message was Tillie used “Postal Card” rather than postcard.  Maybe that was the accepted name for this type ephemera back then.

** More great antique and vintage Christmas postcards available in my store, Remember When Vintage Postcards.

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SXPC Real Photo Postcard, Victorian House

1912 SXPC Real Photo Postcard of Victorian House

“Hello –

I suppose you are angry.  I will explain as soon as I am able to write a letter; have been sick.  This is one of the pictures I took and promised you.  will have to stay in town for  a few months.  will let you know when I return.  there is no place like the Old Home.  does it suit you.


I wonder why Lucile believes W. E. Conner (recipient) might be angry.  It is mysteries like this that make reading old postcard messages enjoyable.  Lucile says she will explain as soon as she can write.  Obviously she can write, or else someone else wrote the message.

I like real photo postcards of Victorian homes for architectural reasons.  The design of the window caps, corner trim, and color choices on this home make what could have been a plain home stand out.  I noticed the front steps look to be carpeted.  I wonder if this was normal.  It is certainly the first time I have seen it.  There is also the possibility this house didn’t have indoor plumbing in 1912 (notice outhouse to left under the trees).  Postcards like this help in the restoration of Victorian homes.

** You can find more real photo postcards for sale in our store, Remember When Vintage Postcards.

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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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I found this antique postcard message funny as it’s a question I’ve asked a few of my immediate relatives a time or two over the years (and them of me).


German made antique Christmas postcard of the nativity postmarked 1910

“Dear Emma
are you dead or alive I would like to hear from you or see you if you are alive how are all the folks come down when you can
Alice McEwans”

It’s a safe bet Alice’s English teachers would have a field day with this message.

The above message was rather blunt.  Apparently, this approach was necessary in order to get Emma’s attention.  It can therefore be assumed it’s been awhile since Alice’s heard from Emma.


If Emma is dead, I somehow don’t think Alice would like to experience a paranormal event by hearing from Emma.  I also don’t believe Alice would like Emma to “come down when you can”.  I certainly wouldn’t like a visit from a ghost.  Would you?

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