Ethel In Mitchell, South Dakota, 1909

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From North Dakota on the prior post, we go south (well for the addressees, anyway) for a postcard written by a beautiful young woman with a sense of humor. On the front she writes:

“To keep the rats away you should put this in the cellar but be sure not to get frightened yourself.”

Ha, I love this one. A girl after my own heart. On the back she writes:

“Dear Ma: – Hello! how are you feeling now? Suppose you were awful glad to get home once more weren’t you? Am sorry I could not get out to see you more often but Papa used the horse so much I could not have her. He sold Jennie last week so now we haven’t any horse. Guess he’s going to get another but we won’t be able to drive it I don’t suppose. Come to see us soon as you’re able. Love, Ethel.”

The card is addressed to:   “Mrs. Gerald Wilson, Mitchell, So. Dak. R.R. #3.”

This is one of those pesky, hard to find ones. It sounds like Ethel is married and living with her husband and father-in-law. She does wear a ring on her left hand. Not knowing Ethel’s married name, and her mother’s first name, makes it difficult. We get lucky on these types pretty often, but (in keeping with Ethel’s theme – rats!) not this time. There is a Gerald Wilson in Mitchell, SD but he would be much too young to fit our scenario here. Further searching could be done, but that would be quite time-consuming, so we’ll leave this for now. Still, what a great postcard!

Divided back, used Real Photo Postcard. Postmarked July 26, 1909 from Mitchell, South Dakota.

Price:  $15.00

South Burdick St., Kalamazoo, Michigan

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“Will write later and tell you why I did not get out there. Minnie McManus, 411 Asylum Ave, Kalamazoo Mich. PS. I will only be here two weeks longer then I will go back to Frankfort.”  Minnie reiterated at the bottom of the card,  “I will only be here two weeks longer.”

An undivided back postcard that was not postmarked until 1909, and showing a print of a great old photo of a view looking down (or up ;-) ) Burdick Street in Kalamazoo, showing streetcar or trolley tracks, buildings and shops, pedestrians and horse and buggies. (Horse and buggy as my Grandpa Oliver would say – when guessing what was in a wrapped birthday or Christmas gift – “A horse and buggy?” ) The Labadie Art Co. sign is easily read on the left. Just next to them is the Imperial Tea Co.

Labadie Art Company at 146 South Burdick, was advertised in the 1906 Kalamazoo city directory as (Edmund E. Labadie), Picture Frames, Portraits, Artists’ Materials and Art Goods. The Imperial Tea Co.’s address was 148 South Burdick (same city directory) and they were advertised as (Alfred Hicks) Coffees, Teas, Spices and Baking Powder.

Frankfort, that is mentioned in Minnie’s message, is a city in Benzie County, on Lake Michigan, southwest of Traverse City, and from the sound of it, Minnie lived in Frankfort or the surrounding area. So, in looking there we find the 1910 Federal Census for Lake Ann Village, Almira Township, Benzie County, (Lake Ann is inland, about halfway between Frankfort and Traverse City) showing Minnie McManus, single, age about 37, born in Canada, occupation public school teacher. She is boarding at the home of Louis E. Knodel, and his wife Ida and daughter Ruth; also boarding are James Rosenberry, and Ella MacManus[?] This last name is difficult to read. If it is MacManus then that would be quite a coincidence, as Ella is a public school teacher, also. Note the difference in spelling of McManus and MacManus. Besides the spelling of the last names, the ladies’ parents’ places of birth are not identical, so they do not seem to be sisters.

Minnie addressed the postcard to:  “Mrs. G. A. Wallbaum, Hope, N.D.”
Nothing definite was found online for the addressee. Hope is a small town in Steele County, North Dakota.

Undivided back, used postcard. Postmarked June 1909 from Kalamazoo, Michigan. Publisher:  Owens Brothers. Printer:  Hillson Co., Boston, Berlin and Leipzig. Number and series:  1000 E., 80424. Circa 1900 – 1906.

Price:  $12.00

Sources:  R. L. Polk & Co.’s Ihling Bros. & Everard’s Kalamazoo City and County Directory, 1906. pp. 328 and 364. (Google eBooks)

Year: 1910; Census Place: Almira, Benzie, Michigan; Roll: T624_637; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 0001; FHL microfilm: 1374650. (

Steamer Northumberland

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Here’s the third postcard in the Dr. Oswald Henning Collection. We may come across more, you never know! The caption for this one is:   Steamer Northumberland Going Out Of Summerside Harbor, P.E.I.”  and shows an old photo of S.S. Northumberland, in an oval setting bordered with laurel leaves, and ribbon and with what appears to be a simplified drawing or painting for the Canadian flag at that time.

According to an article in the blog Sailstrait, the 2,500 horsepower steamer was the  “pride of the fleet”  for the Charlottetown Steam Navigation Company; was built in Great Britain at Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1891; and for two and a half decades ran between Charlottetown and Pictou, and Summerside and Pointe du Chene.  (See first source below for a more detailed description.) The vessel was later moved to Lake Ontario for the Port Dalhousie to Toronto service and refitted as an excursion steamer. She operated till she was (sadly) destroyed by fire in 1949.  The following photo (now in the public domain) is from about 1940, and was found on the website Maritime History of the Great Lakes, and shows S.S. Northumberland as she enters Port Dalhousie.

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However, since this postcard is from 1905, the sender would have boarded S.S. Northumberland as she first appeared in the top image. Our 1905 traveler wrote,  “Monday morning: – Will leave on the boat Tuesday morning. and will arrive in Chicago, Thursday at 10:02 a.m. if I make connections.   Helen.”

The card is addressed to:   “Dr. Oswald F. Henning. Bethesda Home. 30 Belden Court. Chicago, Ill. U.S.A.” 

Per the prior post, Dr. Oswald Henning, along with brother Otto, was on the board of directors for Bethesda Home which was initially a training facility for nurses, and afterward a home for the elderly. His father, Frank Henning was president of the Home.

Undivided back, used postcard. Postmarked September 20, 1905, Chicago, Illinois. Publisher unknown.

Price:  $10.00

Sources:  “The S.S. Northumberland of Northumberland Straight.” Sailstrait, Feb. 2, 2014. Web accessed Sep. 19, 2014. []

“S.S. Northumberland.”  Maritime History of the Great Lakes, n.d. Web accessed Sep. 19, 2014. []

“Red Ensign vs Union Jack.” (CSC), Nov. 10, 2007. Web accessed Sep. 20, 2014. []

Scene Near Montague, P.E.I.

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A scene near Montague, Prince Edward Island, Canada. This appears to be a hand colored image that was produced from a photograph. Perhaps there are some experts out there who can tell whether the man in the photo was a photographer or an artist.

This and the postcard coming up next were incredible finds because of their timeliness: They were just this past weekend picked up at a vintage paper show. They may have been found in the same dealer’s collection that the first Dr. Oswald Henning postcard was found in, (just two posts ago.) That purchase would have been made earlier this year, I think. But out of the thousands of postcards in the dealer’s collection this past weekend, of which I only looked through about a quarter of them, I happened to find these. The odds are incredible that the second and third Oswald Henning postcards would be found right after I happened to put up the first. The sender’s name here is Helen, and she writes:

“Received your card from [?] and also letter since you returned. I am still enjoying my visit, and do not get much time for writing. Hoping to hear from you soon. I remain, H.M.”

Addressed to:   “Dr. Oswald Henning, Bethesda Home, 30 Belden Court, Chicago, Ill.”

The above address was for Bethesda Home For the Aged, which was originally a training school for nurses. The link below is for a January 6, 1908 newspaper article that appeared in The Inter Ocean. The article describes the dire financial situation of the Home and quotes Oswald Hennings’ father, Frank Henning, as well as a couple of the “inmates.” Frank Henning was president of Bethesda Home and his two sons, Oswald and Otto were on the board of directors.

Divided back, unused postcard with writing. Publisher unknown. Circa 1908.

Price:  $7.00

This Way!

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A circa 1922 postcard that was designed for Sunday School reminders (one would think.) The illustration shows a young girl at a rustic wooden gate, in a light blue dress and floppy sun hat, holding a bouquet of yellow flowers. Perhaps she’s waiting for her friends to catch up with her. This is a signed card by New York born artist Clara M. Burd (1873 – 1933) and more on the artist will go up in a separate post in a few days. I picked up this one initially just because of the back’s really beautiful postcard header, and then as a major bonus, realized that it’s artist-signed. But back to the header – it’s different and elegant, and one that we didn’t have yet at Laurel Cottage. The printer and/or publisher is Abingdon Press out of New York and Cincinnati.

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As far as the handwritten names on the back – Raymond Polle and Albertha Logan, nothing was found to pinpoint either one. There are multiple possibilities for Albertha Logan, and we also don’t know whether these are children or adults, so Logan could be Albertha’s married name.

Divided back, unused artist-signed postcard. Artist:  Clara M. Burd, copyright 1922. Publisher/printer info:  Form YYY. New York – The Abingdon Press – Cincinnati.

Price:  $15.00

Source:  Find A Grave Memorial# 78669937. Web accessed 16 Sep 2014. (

The Lake, Belle Isle Park, Detroit, Michigan

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Here’s another Belle Isle postcard – the second of two on this site, so far. The sender wrote:

“Detroit, July 1 ’08. Mother & I are visiting at Aunt Agnes’ for a week or two. Stopped at Montreal & Ottawa on the way. Will stop a day at Toronto on our way back. Haven’t seen much of Detroit yet. Are going to Belle Isle to-day. Tina.” 

The card is addressed to:   “Mrs. O. F. Henning, c/o Dr. Henning, U.S.A., B. 92, Fort Sheridan, Ill.”

I’m guessing B92 stands for Barracks 92 at the Fort. Doctor Henning was Oswald F. Henning, who is listed in a military record for Fort Sheridan in July 1908, the same month and year of the postmark, (something out of the ordinary in our searches.) His rank is given as 1st Lieutenant, and Regiment or Corps shown as M.R.C. – Medical Residency Corps. The rest of this entry for him is difficult to read, but appears to indicate he may have also served at Fort McDowell, California…. As it turns out there are many similar entries for Dr. Henning online. In piecing together his military service, we find he also served in the Philippines Feb. 1910 – Jul. 1911; Fort Columbia, Washington from Aug. 1912 – Oct. 1913; the Presidio of Monterey, California Nov. 1913 – Oct. 1914; Camp Fort Bliss, Texas Aug. 1916.

June 30, 1906, Chicago, Illinois, Oswald F. Henning married Helen C. Muirhead. Oswald was age 27 and Helen age 25.

And the 1900 Federal Census for Chicago shows Oswald F. Henning, bookkeeper, born July 1878, living with his parents Fred F. and Emila Henning and siblings Walter G., Meta[?] M., Laura E. and two servants, Mimi Schmidt and Robert H. Swanson.

Divided back, used postcard. Postmarked July 1, 1908 from Detroit, Michigan, Station F. Publisher:  The Rotograph Co., N.Y., City. Printed in Germany. Series D3827a.

Price:  $10.00

Sources:  National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.; Returns from U.S. Military Posts, 1800-1916; Microfilm Serial: M617; Microfilm Rolls: 120, 231, 737, 738, 892, 909, 966,1161. ( Cook County, Illinois, Marriages Index, 1871-1920 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA:

Year: 1900; Census Place: Chicago Ward 25, Cook, Illinois; Roll: 275; Page: 9A; Enumeration District: 0763; FHL microfilm: 1240275. (

Our Water Line

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A Real Photo Postcard with  “Our water line”  written on the front underneath the photo. What is a water line? It would have to do with a water easement, which is a property owner’s right to have access to a water line that would be owned by somebody else – as in a water source like a creek, running next to the property, or to a water drainage system. In the photo three women and three children (a girl and two boys?) pose at what looks like the back porch of their house. They are looking across the water line to the photographer who was on the other side. You can see that the child on our left is a girl seated on the wooden fence on the quilt or rug that is draped over it. This could have been a home that had a creek in the back, which had overflowed after a heavy rain. Or would the water have always been this high?

Divided back, unused, Real Photo Postcard. AZO stamp box, circa 1907 – 1918.

Price:  $4.00

Source:  What Is a Water Easement. wiseGEEK. Accessed 13 Sep 2014 (

Regal Young Woman

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What if this is the little girl of the prior post all grown up? But no, they really don’t look that much alike, and the time frames are backwards anyway; it was just fun to entertain the idea, fleetingly, and left me with the hope that I find a set like that some day. This one was a little hard to give a title to, but the word regal keeps coming to mind for the pose and demeanor of this beautiful dark-haired young woman. She wears a white or very light-colored high-necked blouse, the sleeves of which go past the elbow and are wide-cuffed to match the collar; a long skirt of a dark color; and a fabric belt with a metal buckle. Her hair is swept up in a Gibson Girl style crowned with a wreath of small flowers, which we can’t see too much of, due to the wreath setting back somewhat and the angle of the shot. At first glance that might appear to be a large corsage fastened to the blouse but after a closer look seems to be something that happened afterward to the postcard. The horizontal lines running almost all the way across the card are part of the story, too. So, this postcard must have had something laying on top of it that created some impressions. The lines are a fascinating effect, really. The photo backdrop depicts a stone archway with some plants next to the base of the arch (of which we only see one side) and this gives the impression that the woman has made an entrance, and then paused to gaze off into the distance.

The stamp box here is an Aristo with bird logo, the word “Trademark” and the phrase “Place One-Cent Stamp Here.” This particular Aristo style is estimated to be from about 1905 – 1907, according to the excellent Metropolitan Postcard Club of New York City website.

Undivided back, unused, Real Photo Postcard. Aristo stamp box. Circa 1905 – 1907.

Price:  $10.00

Source:  Guide to Real Photo Postcards. Metropolitan Postcard Club of New York City. Accessed 12 Sep 2014 (

Emma Beinhup

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Real Photo Postcard of an oval photo of an adorable little girl. She looks to be about three or four years old, is seated at a table or desk with a reflective surface (a nice effect.) She has dark hair, wears a white or light colored short sleeved dress with a frilly lace collar, and also wears a pendant of some type. What a face and expression! The pose is cheek resting on hand, with an “I’m unimpressed” look. Her name appears handwritten on the back of the postcard, but surprisingly, is not showing up in or Find A Grave or online in general. It appears to be Emma Beinhup, but Bienhup, Beirhup, Bierhup were tried. Beinhoff is a possibility if the name was changed at some point or the person that wrote it had an incorrect spelling.

Divided back, unused Real Photo Postcard. AZO stamp box. Circa 1907 – 1918.

Price:  $6.00

Mississippi Map

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“The needlepoint map was made by Mississippi Extension Homemakers Club members and is displayed in the Extension Center at Mississippi State University.”

A vintage postcard, maybe from the 1960s. According to the back caption, the original map was done in needlepoint. And it shows the map broken down by county, with a different design in each, and the Mississippi River, of course on the western border.

Divided back, unused postcard. Publisher:  Marketing Professionals, Inc., P. O. Box 16549, Jackson, MS 39206. Series or number 155,641. Circa 1960s.

Price:  $6.00