Postcard from Robert to Mrs. P.

By: usermattw

Apr 28 2013

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Category: Children


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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.


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.

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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