Theresa and Albert Bayard, Oakland CA, 1910

Set of two:  Divided Back, Real Photo Postcards, unused with writing, circa 1910. Velox stamp box.

Price for the pair:  $20.00

Postcards, year 1910, from Kristofa Bayard, 4212 Suter St., Oakland, Cal…showing her children, adorable Albert (her Big Boy) and her beautiful daughter, Theresa…

Albert Bayard

“This is my big Boy.   4214 Sutter. I found out last night that the Party in the litle House has paid their rent in full & that mens [means] there time vill bee up October 16nt. & the big House Otto says he like to go & see vhat needs fixing, so I exspict him to go to Valljo [Vallejo] sunday. Vell vi got home O.K. but tired none of the folks home exspectet us home, if you can come & see me Monday Vi vould then be able to tell you all about how things are. respectfully, Kristofa.  Best regards from Theresa & Papa.”

Albert and Theresa Bayard

“4212 Sutter St.  Dear friend. I got your letter. vill go to Vallejo Monday or Tuesday. vill bring the pieses for the stove. Vi are verry sorry to hear you baby tok so sick, vi only hope she is all over it by this time. hope this vil find you boot vell, Kristofa.  Best regards from All.”

The 1910 Federal Census for Brooklyn Township, Oakland, Alameda County, California shows the Bayard family:  William O. Bayard (Otto William Bayard in other records), born Sweden about 1863, his wife Kristofa (here spelled Christofa) born Norway about 1877 (emigrating about 1895 – 1900 per census’) Theresa, born California about 1904, and Albert, born California (aged 1 and 10/12) born June 1908. Otto is working for the railroad as a painter, at this time. The Suter house is owned by the family, and unless the house number changed, it looks like that particular structure is no longer there (a newer house, said to have been built in 1921, stands in its place). The 1920 Federal Census shows the Bayards as owners at 3916 Suter (a different house, unless there was re-numbering) and that home still exists today. Also, by this time we see the couple’s third child, Mervin Bayard, born California about 1914.

California marriage records show that Theresa married New Jersey native, Thomas Harper Ridge, in November 1921; bride and groom’s address at time of marriage was the 3916 Suter home. Kristofa’s maiden name is listed as Nelson (Nilson per Ancestry family trees). Plenty of other records can be found for the Bayards but we’ll stop here…Just to want to let year 1910 soak in…the priceless images of the children, the beautiful lace for the background (was it hand-made, or at least all-natural?) the mentions of the big house and the little house (good for them, that they owned more than one place) and Kristofa….beautiful wife, mom and friend. Of course, the stand-out in her writing is the replacement of the “w” for the “v” sound (and other evidence of English as second language)….but so nice to read, giving us a real feel for the Bayard’s Norwegian-Swedish-American household at this time.

Sources:   Year: 1910; Census Place: Oakland Ward 7, Alameda, California; Roll: T624_71; Page: 14A; Enumeration District: 0026; FHL microfilm: 1374084. (

Year: 1920; Census Place: Oakland, Alameda, California; Roll: T625_91; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 132; Image: 158. (

Marriage records, select counties and years. California State Archives, Sacramento, California. (

Anna E. Lincoln, Hubbardton, VT, 1907

Undivided back, Real Photo postcard. Postmarked May 18, 1907 from East Hubbardton, Vermont.

Price:  $12.00

“Anna E. Lincoln. Born Oct. 17, 1906.   All usually well, Ella.”  Addressed to:

“Mrs. D. I. Paine, Saratoga, N. Y., 26 East Van Dam Street.”

Anna, the cute baby girl in this RPPC, was found on the 1910 Federal Census for Hubbardton, Rutland County, VT, with mom, Ella M. and dad, Dauley (Dawley) F. Lincoln, and Anna’s older sisters, Jennie M. and Violet I. Lincoln. They are living with Dawley’s parents, William F. and Susan A. Lincoln. Also in the household are Addie L. Lincoln, daughter-in-law to William and Susan, and Addie’s two children, Arthur E. and William H. Lincoln. All are Vermont natives. Though the photo’s a little blurry, there’s some nice detail in wood and fabric to be seen on the chairs. (Are you picturing them being hauled outside?) The one on our right looks like a rocker. And this “two seats, only one taken” scene makes you wonder if there were other photographs taken that day with someone posed in the other chair.

The recipient of this card was Ethel, wife of Delmar I. Paine. The couple appears on the 1900 Federal Census for Saratoga Springs, NY at the Van Dam St. address, with their children, Walter L. and Edwin Paine, ages seven and three.

Sources:  Year: 1910; Census Place: Hubbardton, Rutland, Vermont; Roll: T624_1616; Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 0184; FHL microfilm: 1375629. (

Year: 1900; Census Place: Saratoga Springs Ward 2, Saratoga, New York; Roll: 1159; Page: 9A; Enumeration District: 0129; FHL microfilm: 1241159. (

Temple And Arnold, Coweta OK, 1910


Divided back, used, Real Photo Postcard. Postmarked 1910.

Price:  $15.00

Adorable, can’t be any cuter, image of siblings (?) Temple and Arnold (surname unknown at this time) seated on a beautiful carved wooden bench. Love Arnold’s wide, striped tie! “Arnold” writes:

“Coweta Okla.  Hello Grandma what do you think of us. Temple weighs twenty four pounds. I am picking cotton to get me an overcoat wish you and Cecil were here to help me how is Johnnie hope you are better by this time. Grandma P is well she helps me pick cotton some time. good by from Arnold.”

Addressed to:   “Mrs. Sarah Myers. Hardin, Mo. R. F. D. #2. Ray Co.”

The addressee, Mrs. Sarah Myers, was found in the 1910 Federal Census for Crooked River Township, Ray County. She is widowed, born in Missouri about 1847, living with her son John, his wife Anna, and their children, Curtis, Daniel and Cecil. Cecil is about six years old at this time so is about the same age as his cousin Arnold. Johnnie, mentioned on the card, must be Arnold’s uncle Johnnie.

Sarah Jane’s maiden name is Weldy per Findagrave, and spouse was Joseph Young Myers. Temple and Arnold, surprisingly, were not found in records, and it’s possible these were middle names for them, and possible that Sarah and Joseph could have had a daughter born and married between census records, who married someone with the last name starting with “P.” (per the “Grandma P” reference in the postcard.)

Sources:  Year: 1910; Census Place: Crooked River, Ray, Missouri; Roll: T624_806; Page: 16A; Enumeration District: 0129; FHL microfilm: 1374819. (

Sarah Jane Weldy Myers. Find A Grave Memorial# 19902230. Find A (accessed October 13, 2016).

Joseph Young Myers. Find A Grave Memorial# 19902165. Find A (accessed October 13, 2016).

Marsiana Michîl, December 1923

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A Real Photo Postcard of a pretty young woman who looks to be in her early twenties, in a photo of the same era, early 1920s that is, wearing the unmistakable drop-waist dress –   too bad we can’t know the color, and note the beautiful bead work or sequins at the cuffs, neckline and at the vertical overlay flap (there must be a term for this part but I’ll be darned if I could find it) and and wearing double-strap shoes with button closures. The message on the back is:

“Este serbia [servia?] de un recuerdo de una amiga y mucho la estima, Marsiana Michîl   15 de Disiembre de 1923.”

Translated as:   “This serves as a memory of a friend, with much esteem, Marsiana  Michîl, December 15, 1923.”

Addressed to:   “Fra Gadalupe de Rodrigues     Nogales  Sonora.”

The above is most likely:   “Francisca Guadalupe de Rodrigues”  and the city of Nogales is located in the Mexican state of Sonora, and is on the border of Arizona.

Divided back, Real Photo Postcard, unused with writing. Dated December 15, 1923. AZO stamp box.

Price:  $4.00

Rosa Arce, Ensenada, August 28, 1916

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This Real Photo Postcard from 1916 shows a graceful young woman, standing on a porch, her hand resting on the back of a wooden chair. The composition is wonderful:  the door slightly ajar, the arbor effect of the vines, the roses in the right-hand corner, the glimpse to the street in the background. The woman has a narrow, oval-shaped face, is dressed in a long dark skirt, white blouse with lace collar, and if you look closely you’ll notice she’s wearing long gloves of a very thin material. She writes:

“Dedico este Recuerdo mi querida hermani tu como una prueba de cariño que le tiene su nita,    Rosa Arce   Encenada   Agosto 28 de 1916.”

It seems “hermani” should be hermana (sister) and possibly  “nita” should be nieta (granddaughter). “Encenada” is Ensenada, so the photo was probably taken in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, however there is a small town in New Mexico by this name and also a neighborhood in Guánica, Puerto Rico called Ensenada. I’m not understanding the full context with the reference at the end to su nieta (his/her granddaughter) however I believe the first part translates as:

“This memory is dedicated to you my dear sister as proof of my affection…” 

Addressed to:   “Señorita Eloisa Moreno.”   (The word appearing underneath the name is a mystery at the moment.)

Divided back, Real Photo Postcard, unused with writing. Dated August 28, 1916. AZO stamp box.

Availability status:  SOLD

Mrs. Antoinette Skelton’s Dining Room

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“Dear Mrs. Brown – May I have the pleasure of your and your daughter’s (both) company to 1 o’clock luncheon on Wednesday, May 27th? Come as early as you can. Sincerely, Antoinette Skelton, 497 S. El Molino Av. Pasadena. May 22 – 08.”

Addressed to:   “Mrs. T. W. Brown, 2659 Romeo Str., Los Angeles, Cal.”

What a nice way to send a luncheon invitation – via a Real Photo Postcard of the dining area of the hostess. This home, alas, is no longer in existence:  it’s address – 497 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena, is now an apartment complex. Antoinette Skelton appears to have been Mrs. Antoinette H. Skelton, widow of L. L. Skelton according to city directory listings. Mrs. T. W. Brown is Mrs. Ophelia Brown, of 2659 Romeo St., Los Angeles, widow of Thomas W. Brown. The 1910 Federal Census for Los Angeles shows Ophelia and her two daughters, Rolla A. and Ruth W. Forward (Ruth later shows under the last name of Brown.)

As to the dining room, probably most or all of the items, (furniture, paintings, the room screen, clock etc.) could be identified for style and period by experts in their respective fields of antiques….but without getting technical it’s been fun to look at the room in detail and ponder….who’s likenesses appear in the paintings above the mantel (these gentlemen look familiar), what is that message in the framed embroidery?, what type of chandelier would hold a place for houseplants (was this just a temporary decorating flourish by the hostess or was the chandelier designed this way?) who were the small framed photos of (on the mantel) and how about that whimsical pottery-type face that hangs on the wall, and the mantel and faux? fireplace itself with the unusual indentation for small decorative objects….

Divided back, used, Real Photo Postcard. Postmarked May 22, 1908 from Pasadena, California.

Price:  $20.00

Sources: Los Angeles Directory Co’s Thurston’s Residence and Business Directory of Pasadena, 1915 – 1916. p. 369. ( U.S. City Directories, 1822-1989.)

Los Angeles City Directory Co’s Los Angeles City Directory, 1909. p. 213. ( U.S. City Directories, 1822-1989.)

Year: 1910; Census Place: Los Angeles Assembly District 70, Los Angeles, California; Roll: T624_80; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 0221; FHL microfilm: 1374093.

Out In The Old West

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If this one doesn’t look like a publicity photo for an Old Western movie or t.v. show, then I don’t what does. It’s a great Real Photo Postcard, no names or photographer name, but what a beautiful shot! Yes, the younger woman is a little washed out due to the sunlight, I believe, but we can still see the delicate high lace collar she wears along with some type of small brooch. The young man’s hat in particular, with the shortish squared-off crown and short brim:  I’m not sure what type it is, some might say similar to one that General Robert E. Lee wore. (This after looking online through lots and lots of hat photos.) We also note the young man’s pin-striped long jacket and perhaps silk tie. The older man appears in wire spectacles, sack suit, and small bow tie fastened at the removable collar. And there’s the matriarch of the family, seated in a beautiful wooden chair. She looks like she may be the mother of the younger woman, or perhaps mother all three, since we don’t notice a wedding ring on the older man’s hand. And, as a whole, the poses of the four and their expressions, with the sunlight reflecting off of the bare tree branches, especially beautiful reflecting off of the windowpanes, the rustic wooden porch railing and the mountains in the background….

Divided back, Real Photo Postcard, unused. Circa 1907 – 1915.

Price:  $18.00

One Of The Krantz Boys

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Here’s a another RPPC with a little boy, this time standing on a wrought iron “ice cream parlor” chair, and with a nice fake backdrop of foliage and sky. (So dramatic! Imagine him at the prow of a ship!)

The sender wrote:   “If not called for return to William Krantz, Clinton, R-R-33, Wis.”  The card is addressed to:   “Mrs. John Wuhrman, Whitewater, Wis. R-R-2.”

The WWI Draft Registration shows William Krantz, born March 15, 1876 in Germany, with an address of 34 Clinton, Rock County, Wisconsin, and “nearest relative” his wife, Etta Krantz. So, this address is almost an exact match to the postcard address given for the sender. The 1910 Federal Census was not found, but the 1920 census for Sharon, Wisconsin, shows William and Cora E. Krantz and family. (The town of Sharon is about 10 miles southeast of Clinton.) Their children on the 1920 are Ruby, Roy, Donald and Wesley, ages 15 – 10. Also living with the family is William’s brother Otto. The postmarked date on this card is unreadable but we’re probably safe to assume it’s pre-1920. The boys’ ages are so close together, so this is likely a photo of either Roy, Donald or Wesley, at about age three, though it’s always possible that it’s none of them.

Divided back, used Real Photo Postcard. Postmarked date and city unreadable. Circa 1909 – 1914.

Price:  $12.00

Sources:  Year: 1920; Census Place: Sharon, Walworth, Wisconsin; Roll: T625_2019; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 154; Image: 1095. (

Registration State: Wisconsin; Registration County: Rock; Roll: 1674978; Draft Board: 2. U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918

From Lloyd To Mrs. Ralph

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“From your little friend Lloyd to Mrs. Ralph.”

Here’s a precious photo made into a Real Photo Postcard of a little boy named Lloyd, about four or five years old. He’s dressed up in white shirt and short pants with white leggings. He wears a dark-colored, satiny type bow or cravat, and notice how his shoes (wearing out at the toes) have decorative bows on them. He was posed by the photographer to stand with hands resting on the back of a child’s wrought iron “ice cream parlor” chair, with heart-shaped design.

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

Price:  $5.00

Doris Louisa Diefendorf

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“Doris Louisa Diefendorf   I year old   Lubec, Maine”

How nice to have both a name and a location (!) for this Real Photo Postcard.

Everything about this photo takes us back to (what we think of now as) a more romantic time:  of course, there is the beautiful Doris Louisa in her white cotton or linen gown, wearing a little necklace for the photo, but also the wood and wicker chair (possibly a rocker) with beautiful scroll work and design that she’s seated upon; the flowered wallpaper behind her, showing large blooms of the type that’s so back in style today for that vintage look; and the gorgeous lace window curtain to her left.

Lubec, Maine has the distinction of being the easternmost town in the United States, and is located on a peninsula on Passamaquoddy Bay. It was settled in 1785 and incorporated in 1811. The population was recorded as 1,359 for the 2010 Federal Census.

Maine Map

The 1920 census for Portland, Maine shows George A. Diefendorf, born about 1886 in New York; Lillian E. his wife, born about 1889 in New York; and their daughter, Dorris L., about 5 years old, born in Illinois about 1915. George’s occupation is factory superintendent. A combination of two separate index’s for Cook County births, gives us the confirmation for Doris’ parents being George Adelbert Diefendorf and Lillian Elizabeth Froschauer, and give Doris’ date and place of birth as July 15, 1914, Chicago. In 1930 the family is living in Rotterdam, New York. George is a superintendent for a steel construction company at this time. Just in adding all the info together it’s seems likely that Lubec, Maine was a vacation spot for the Diefendorfs in the summer of 1915….and it must have been heavenly.

Divided back, unused with writing, Real Photo Postcard. AZO stamp box. Circa 1915.

Price:  $15.00

Sources:  Lubec, Maine. n.d.,_Maine (Accessed January 29, 2015).

Year: 1920; Census Place: Portland Ward 9, Cumberland, Maine; Roll: T625_640; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 60; Image: 946 (

“Illinois, Cook County Birth Certificates, 1878–1922.” Index. FamilySearch, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2009. Illinois. Cook County Birth Certificates, 1878–1922. Illinois Department of Public Health. Division of Vital Records, Springfield. ( Cook County, Illinois Marriage Index, 1930-1960. Cook County Clerk, comp. Cook County Clerk Genealogy Records. Cook County Clerk’s Office, Chicago, IL: Cook County Clerk, 2008.

Year: 1930; Census Place: Rotterdam, Schenectady, New York; Roll: 1644; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 0014; Image: 389.0; FHL microfilm: 2341378. (