Postcards to Amanda

By: usermattw

Feb 24 2019

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Category: Pairs


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What it is:

Two real photo post cards, each measuring a bit less than 3.5 x 5.5 inches.


What I know about it:

Click here to view all the information on the backs.  The messages are dated 1912 (left) and 1913 (right).



The previous dozen posts, beginning with the man and woman dressed in yellow, show a bunch of photos I scooped up at a recent visit to a nearby bookstore that sells old photos.  Today’s post shows the last two of that set.  I recall digging through the disorganized bin, seeing one of these, and thinking, “Wait, didn’t I just see something similar?”  Going back, I found its mate.  I wonder if I missed any others.  I held off posting these, thinking I would be ambitious and translate them, but to be honest, I got weary of trying.  They seem to contain rather generic greetings.  The one on the left, showing the man and woman canoodling over the chair, has handwriting on the back from two different people, and it’s hard to tell if the other one is from either of the two on the first.  They are postmarked “Undal”, which appears to be in Norway, though they are written in Danish.  I’m curious about the images.  At first I thought the one on the left probably showed the people sending the postcards.  But then I noticed what appears to be a catalogue number printed on the bottom of the image.  And the other one looks very posed, like a stock photo of some romantic ideal, or maybe even actors in a play.  Hard for me to say for sure.  Was it commonplace to send such postcards in that time and place, or are we to infer something about Amanda from these idealized scenes?  Whatever the case, they are delightful images, and it’s fun to have the added bonus of not only messages on the back, but messages to the same person.  Also, the Danish makes me wonder if there is any connection to the photo here of the Danish soldier I found in the same bin.

2 comments on “Postcards to Amanda”

  1. I think these romantic-scene cards were pretty standard (search “vintage postcards romance”). I’ve also found a lot of holiday and birthday cards featuring photos of models, for lack of a better term, and there are loads of WWI-specific versions. Yours are particularly beautiful examples! But wait–what is that rocking chair doing there? It seems like part of a regular photographer’s studio setup, so that makes me wonder if that one does show a real couple, who used it in a novel way, and the photographer postcarded or sold that image. Or are they just models posing, and the rocking chair got hauled into service? It’s funny there are no printing-company marks on the back. I guess the sender at least thought the model on the left looked like Amanda, since they marked the picture with her initials. Do the initials marked on the lefthand man match the sender’s? I can’t quite tell from the back images.

    • I know that sort of romanticized look was very popular then, I just wasn’t aware it was so common as a means of ordinary correspondence. One of the fun things about doing this blog is all the things I learn!

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