Undivided back postcard. Series or number 1969. Postmarked March 7, 1909.
Branch Brook Park is known for its Cherry Blossom Festival and was the first county park in the United States.
Though the postmark is dated 1909, this card would have been produced prior to the change in U.S. postal regulations in December 1907, which saw the advent of the Divided Back cards.
On the reverse, part of the address is unreadable, looks like this postcard was once glued in an album or just had something stuck on the back. But….mystery solved: We actually have another Canning postcard with the full name on it. So, our card above would have been addressed to either (or both) Mr. M. J. Canning (Montgomery J. Canning) or Mrs. M. J. Canning (Louise Canning). The address from the 1909 city directory was 406 Clayton St., San Francisco, California.
See Surprise Us – Write for more on the Cannings.
Reading wrong between the lines….
Straight to the point with a rather catchy phrase, the sender (Mame?) wrote: “You are reading wrong between lines. Your postal was all O.K. need not take it back. Mame”
Sources: Branch Brook Park. n.d. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Branch_Brook_Park (accessed January 13, 2019).
Crocker-Langley’s San Francisco Directory for 1909, p. 362. Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995.