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I have spent the Labor Day weekend so far cleaning house instead of catching up on season 2 of Revenge, or reading a favorite romance novel over again (for the fourth time) out on my patio. Yes, cleaning house; a thankless job with an endless loop. It is therefore appropriate that I came across the first of two postcard messages.

Easter Postcard Fairy Chariot

Vintage Easter postcard – Fairy Drives Cracked Egg Chariot Pulled By Chicks

“Will write you a letter later. I am in a hurry. am going to wash & scrub to-day. I guess we’re not going to have any summer.”

I wonder why the sender was in a hurry?  It could be as simple as wanting to get the “wash & scrub” over with as soon as possible.   I can certainly sympathize with the lack of summer comment.  Today was a beautiful day – sunny, no rain, low 70s, and non-humid for once.  I’ll give you 3 guesses why I spent not a minute outside enjoying it, and the first two don’t count.

On to my second antique postcard message to Miss Fannie Brand of Iowa…

New Year Postcard Money Cone

1910 Antique New Year Postcard – Overflowing Lucky Coins, Mushrooms, Horseshoes.

“I hope you are not living on starvation rations any longer and that you can talk loudly and long whether you do or not.  Hoping this will prove the best of New Years.”

The phrase “starvation rations” caught my eye.  I plugged the phrase into bing.  I learned “rationing”, and “making do” weren’t new concepts to the 1940s.  Rationing also occurred in the first decade of the 20th century.  With the lead-up to World War 1, food was being diverted to feed soldiers.  Immigration to the US was on the rise.  Let us hope Fannie was no longer on starvation rations when she received the above antique postcard.

Both postcard messages did without something – freedom to enjoy summer or leisure time in the first message, and food in the second message.  How sad.

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Camp Logan Real Photo Postcard

Feb 1918 real photo postcard (AZO 4 triangles up) of soldiers at army Camp Logan in Houston, TX

I just bought a collection of real photo postcards that has me going, “Wow”; talk about a piece of social history.  In this collection were three real photo postcards of soldiers at Camp Logan.  This World War 1 army training camp in Houston, TX gained notoriety in August 1917 for a race related riot, and again the following year for the first widespread local outbreak of the Spanish Flu.

I kept thinking, while reading an article about Camp Logan on Wikipedia, why wasn’t this taught to us in American history class?  Yes, it was one of the saddest chapters in the history of American race relations.  If we are to learn from what happened during the Houston Riot of 1917 we need to be told about it.  History was not meant be swept under the rug.  This is why postcards are so important.

As for the soldiers in the real photo postcard above…  Hopefully they weren’t amongst  the 48 soldiers from Camp Logan that died during the Spanish Flu outbreak of 1918.

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

** You can find the above real photo postcard and others  for sale in our store, Remember When Vintage Postcards.

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