Divided back, used postcard. Postmarked December 31, 1909 from Sonora, California. Publisher: Davidson Bros., London, England and New York, New York. “Davidson Bros.’ Pictorial Post Cards.” Series 3020.
“A Happy New Year”
Yet another in the Ethel Main Collection, this one is from an anonymous sender who writes:
“Dear Mrs. Main. Wishing you all a Happy New Year to all.”
No doubt Mrs. Main knew who the card was from. Looking up Sonora, California…A historic gold mining town in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada range, and named in reference to the Mexican miners from Sonora, Mexico who settled the town in 1848. In 1910 it had a population of about 2,029. (The 2014 population shows about 4,802.) The name Sonora reminds me of two things: one – that I’ve been through the town, or stopped briefly in it years ago, before the old postcard/photo/trade card love/obsession hit; I want to go back to visit to see what treasures await, and two – the line from the movie Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken where I think it’s the hunky love interest that asks for the leading young lady’s name and she answers, “Sonora, Sonora Webster.”
Cool name, I thought, in admiring the character and actress (simultaneously, lol). Based on a true story…Check out this blog article from Horse and Man, on the subject of horse/rider jumping from a high dive platform into a pool of water. Incredible!
Having veered way off track, but it’s always fun…the postcard front is a study in tones of silver, gold and copper of a winter scene of house, stone bridge and stream. The publisher is Davidson Brothers, of London and New York. According to Metropostcard.com they operated from about 1901 – 1911.
Sources: City of Sonora. Sonoraca.com
Accessed January 12, 2016.
Sonora, California. n.d. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonora,_California. (accessed January 12, 2016).
“Diving Horses” September 23, 2013. Horse and Man. Accessed January 12, 2016.
“D – Publishers.” MetroPostcard.com. Accessed January 12, 2016.