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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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Miss Maud Birthday PostcardMiss Maud Postcard Message“I ought certainly to know the answer, but as you have not as yet told me I shall certainly ask again for I wish to learn the answer.  Many many happy returns of the day even up to 90 and then some.     Your friend”

 

I read the message on this vintage postcard, and instantly came to only one conclusion.  The sender was waiting on an answer from Miss Maud to his marriage proposal!  He even had plans to ask the question again.  How romantic.  Even my daughter agreed this message was romantic.  The more I thought about it though, the more I doubted my hasty conclusion.  Why would a beau, with life-long love in mind, use a postcard to inform his potential future bride that he’s waiting for an answer?

Another thought occured to me.  Maybe the sender asked Miss Maud to accompany him or her on a trip.  I wonder where to.  The State Automobile Road was built in 1912, which connected Lewiston, Maine to Portland, Maine.  The postcard has a 1912 Bonny Eagle, Maine postmark.  This opened up the possibilities of where they could be planning to go.  It is signed “your friend”, so this conclusion is more likely.

Either way, this makes for an interesting message as there are endless possibilities of what answer the sender is seeking.  What answer do you think the sender was seeking?

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Rabbit in Hat Box Postcard

For more information on this vintage rabbit postcard, click on image.

Rabbit in Hat Box Postcard BackThe message on this postcard back isn’t so much amusing as intriguing.  It starts as follows:  “Dear Annie-  Was quite surprised to get a card from you, but was glad to get it you know.  Am glad that you like your place and probably if (?) was there, you would be more than contented…”  The next part of this message is what caught my attention.  “… Haven’t been able to secure any wine yet, but as soon as I do will send some to you.”  It’s signed Shakespear. 

Most of the postcards I sell are from the first part of the 20th century.  If alcohol or sufferage is mentioned in the message, I take a closer look at the back.  This is because the message would then be a first hand account or view of a significant part of US history; in this case, Prohibition.  Prohibition was the period from 1919 to 1933, during which the sale, manufacture, and transportation of alcohol for consumption was banned in the US by the 18th Ammendment to the Constitution.  The postmark on this vintage postcard is either 1916 or 1918 (postmark isn’t clear enough).  The 18th Ammendment was proposed in December 1917, so difficulty securing wine would make sense.  The postmark might also explain why the message was signed using a pseudonym.  I wonder if the sender ever secured any wine?

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Easter Angels Carry BIG Eggs BackPostcard backs can be sooo interesting.  This is because of their postmarks and trademark graphics, as well as the messages.  I was feeling nosey this afternoon, so started reading messages on the backs of postcards I have listed in my store, Remember When Vintage Postcards.  I came across this one.  Apparently Aunt Lucy thinks Jeanette is “as fat as a pig & as mean as she can be”.  Tsk-Tsk Aunt Lucy; that was insensitive.  You should be ashamed of yourself.  Hopefully Jeanette is pregnant and overflowing with hormones.  I wonder what Aunt Lucy looks like?

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