Postcard from Robert to Mrs. P.

By: usermattw

Apr 28 2013

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Category: Children

6 Comments

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Click here to view the back.

What it is:

Real photo post card measuring slightly less than 3.5 x 5.5 inches.

What I know about it:

Photographer is The Kregel Studios of St. Paul, Minnesota.  [The Minnesota Historical Society’s website says the photographer’s name was Clayton Kregel.]  Written on the front is Hello Mrs P.  I got a new horn [?] and I send my love Robt.  Written on the back is Hello Purd.  This is a picture I had taken in St. Paul when mama & Mrs G. and I were on a lark.  Postcard is addressed to Mr. Purd Phelps of Pierre, South Dakota.  Postcard is postmarked September 13, 1909, in Elmore, Minnesota.

Comments:

This postcard has almost everything.  There’s the adorable picture that got printed up as a postcard.  There’s the photographer’s information stamped on the back.  There’s the handwritten message front and back.  There’s addressee information (showing that all you needed was a name and city for a small town in 1909).  And finally there’s a legible postmark.  The only thing missing is the stamp, which either was removed by a collector, or simply fell off in the intervening century.  But since the stamp is missing, you can see what I’m referring to when I talk about dating a postcard using the paper manufacturer’s markings.  In this case AZO with the four corner triangles pointing up indicates it’s from 1904-1918, but the postmark dates it even more precisely.  One of my regular readers is Mrs. P (whose own blog is here), and I thought she might get a kick out of this.

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6 comments on “Postcard from Robert to Mrs. P.”

  1. Time to consider offering an exhibition, perhaps? You have an impressive collection of Americana.

    • Thanks, Alessandro! What a nice thing to say. But I consider my blog to my exhibition. So many people have much grander collections than I do. But I’m glad to be able to use this venue to share mine and let other people enjoy it.

  2. Or could it be a new “horse”? A child with some association to the Dakotas might have been involved with horses at an early age. He looks old enough to have a “first horse”.


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