Thanksgiving Day From Anna Budd

Divided back, embossed postcard. Postmarked November 25, 1907 from Pensacola, Florida. Publisher:  Raphael Tuck & Sons. “Thanksgiving Day Post Cards” Series Number 123.

Price:  $12.00

Happy Thanksgiving!  Here’s a charmer from publisher Raphael Tuck & Sons, a turkey couple out for a drive in 1907.

Mailed to:   “Miss Grace Snyder. Stevensville, Sull. Co., N. Y.”  That’s Sullivan County. Stevensville later became Swan Lake.

The sender wrote:   “We are all well and hope this finds you all the same. I wish you and your mamma a happy Thanksgiving – With love from Anna Budd.    will write soon.”

Grace Snyder, born about 1892, was the daughter of Nelson H. Snyder and Evelyn Racine. On December 4, 1911 Grace married William Hathaway, born about 1887, son of Eli Hathaway and Lettie Van Orden. Bride and groom were both living in Stevensville, NY at the time of marriage.

Anna is Anna H. Budd, born January 1893, daughter of Morris D. and Carrie E. Blackmon. The 1900 census shows Anna, her parents, her old brother John (all born in New York) and her younger sister Florida, who was born in……..Florida (awww!)

Sources:  Marriage Records. New York Marriages. Various New York County Clerk offices.  (

Year: 1900; Census Place: Kupfrians Park, Escambia, Florida; Page: 4; Enumeration District: 0013; FHL microfilm: 1240168. (

“Mrs. Carrie E. Budd” obituary. The Herald-News. (Passaic, NJ). December 1, 1941. Monday, p. 8. (

Swan Lake, New York. n.d.,_New_York. (accessed November 28, 2019).

Thanksgiving Cheer

Divided back, used postcard. Postmarked November 27, 1916 from Santa Cruz, California. Printed in Germany. Series 0758.

This poor card is really beat up, but it’s the only one we have at the moment, for the holiday, so Happy Thanksgiving! And it’s another in the Ethel Main Collection. Ethel’s nickname was “Tottie.” The sender wrote:

“Dear Tot, Just a line of greeting, recd your letter today, enjoyed it very much. Yes I have just finished my [?] I will send you the pattern. Glad you have such good luck. I don’t know what I will start next. Maybe a purse. The birds are singing gayly this morn. I will write……..Blanche.”

Addressed to:

“Miss Ethel Main, 3622 18th St., San Francisco, Calif.”

A Very Glad Thanksgiving

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“May Yours Be A Very Glad Thanksgiving”

Ditto from Laurel Cottage (!) Here’s a beautiful postcard, a little time-worn, but understandable as it’s now 103 years old. It shows a bunch of grapes with leaves – end of the season grapes surely, with a frosty look appropriate for November (or are we just reading into the season?) What is the darker object on the left underneath the fruit? Sausage? (Chuckling) The writing style of the sender(s) is pretty great. One could find the greeting humorous, (in a nice way) and the second line an elegant, space-saving turn of phrase. They wrote:

“Dear Parents. Your letter at hand. Letter will follow soon. We are going in the country Thanksgiving day. Wish you all a joyful Thanksgiving from Nic & Emma.”

Addressed to:

“Mr. & Mrs. A Baade, Enid, Okla. RR 2.”

Nic is German-born Nicholas Marxen, age 30 at the time of his marriage to Missouri native Emma Baade, who was age 24. They were married May 3, 1910 in Garfield County, Oklahoma. The marriage record shows his residence as Beloit, Kansas and hers as Enid, Oklahoma. Emma’s parents are German-born August Baade and Missouri-born Anna. The 1910 Federal Census for Enid was taken just a couple of weeks before the marriage took place. The census shows the parents and their eight children:  August, Jr., Emma, Henry, Minnie, Laura, Lyda, Walter and Charley.

The postcard back shows a beautiful line drawing creating rectangles and triangles with the words “Post Card” in the center, and with the divided back line flowing into the publisher logo, a capital G in a triangle at the bottom of the card. The publisher is unidentified at this time.

Divided back, used postcard. Postmarked November 26, 1912 from Beloit, Kansas.

Price:  $10.00

Sources:  “Oklahoma, County Marriages, 1890-1995”, database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 26 November 2015), Nicholas Marxen and Emma Baade, 1910.

Year: 1910; Census Place: Garland, Garfield, Oklahoma; Roll: T624_1251; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 0018; FHL microfilm: 1375264. (

Thanksgiving Greetings

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Happy Thanksgiving to all! Here’s a beautiful postcard showing a design of two turkeys on a little path out in the country. (Well, with scrutiny, the turkey in the background is just next to the path.) I like the stand of evergreens in the distance. This is from an unknown publisher, printed in Germany, embossed and with gold tones, with a blue-gray background and pink flowers, and narrow white border. The tail feathers of the turkey in the foreground run a little outside the sort of upside-down keyhole shaped “window.” My friend tells me this is always on purpose; from the artist’s perspective, it lends a sense of “flow” for the eye to travel over the card.

Divided back, embossed, unused postcard. Publisher unknown. Printed in Germany. Series 6399. Circa 1907 – 1914.

Price:  $10.00

Best Wishes For A Happy Thanksgiving

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Two turkeys wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving. Postcard says “To Mama” on the back. Artist signature is on the bottom left of the card but it appears to be somewhat cutoff. Unable to (as of yet) decipher the name, or find online.

Divided back, artist signed, unused, embossed postcard. Circa 1914. Publisher:  International Art Publishing Company, New York and Berlin. Printed in Germany.

Price:  $4.00