White Rose Birthday Greetings

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Divided back, embossed, used postcard. Postmarked August 7, 1915 from Alta Loma, California. Printed in Germany. Series 444/10.

Price:  $3.00

From the Alice Ellison Collection, this appears to be husband writing to wife; he writes:

“Aug 7, 1915. Dear Ma, wee got to Lena’s at nine oclock this morning and found them all well. But Lena she has Poisen yet. Wee dident have any troble. Wee only changed cars at Stockton. With Love from Dad.”

Addressed to:   ”   “Mrs. J. M. Ellison, Tutten[?] av. Box 382, East Sacramento, Calif.”

A few comments:

Yikes (!) on the “poison” if that’s what the sender meant, but maybe it was just that Lena was still sick.

The publisher logo on the back (the W inside the diamond) appears to belong to the F. W. Woolworth Co., New York, NY, the “Five & Dime” store or by my own era, just “dime store” (funny how these old terms creep up sometimes still, dime store, ice box…..) See Metropostcard’s website under W for more on Woolworth.

And lastly, the name of the avenue for the address is not showing up online, maybe Fifteenth? even though that’s quite a stretch when looking at the writing.

Source:  “W – Publishers, F. W. Woolworth Co. 1878 – 1997.”  Metropostcard.com. (Accessed October 16, 2016).

Dear Little Sister

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This is a beautifully designed  “Birthday Greetings”  postcard of an Ireland-looking scene of boats in the bay, green hills, a castle in the distance, bordered by four-leaf clover with flowers and three cheerful birdies. The embossing is wonderful, the detail of the clover…it’s kind of too bad this got so soiled over the years, but then again, what’s a few coffee stains, etc? It’s another from The Alice Ellison Collection, and the sender, Lizzie, writes:

“Dear little sister, I hope you passed to the third grade. How is Mamma? We are all well. Dos. & Geo. was out last sunday. love from your sister Lizzie.”

Addressed to:   “Miss Henrietta Ellison, 26 st. & Cheyenne Ave., Pueblo, Colo.”

This postcard is unusual in that when you flip it over, it’s upside down. Wonder how many others turned out that way.

Divided back, embossed, used postcard, postage stamp removed. Postmarked from Sacramento, California, 1912. Publisher:  Pacific Novelty Company, San Francisco, California. Made in Germany.

Price:  $2.00

Happy Be Thy Birthday

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“The wish of thy friend is

Happy be thy Birthday”

 

Per musings from the prior post, here’s another card with the often seen stone bridge. A simple design in a fancy frame:  a winter scene with red bridge over a stream and a red house that’s supposed to be further in the background. One of the Lena Davis collection, and the sender wrote:

“Oct. 4, 1912. Dear Cousin. Many happy birthday greetings from Mr. and Mrs. C. Haney[?]”

Addressed to:   “Miss Lena Davis. Almena, Kans. R. F. D. #3”

And what almost went unnoticed was the publisher info which barely appears from under the postage stamp, indicating Copyright E. Nash.

Last but not least, this same design with a different message shows up on another card in the same collection.

Divided back, embossed, used postcard. Postmarked October 5, 1912 from Elwood, Nebraska. Publisher:  E. Nash. Landscape Series, No. 16B.

Price:  $3.00

Birthday Greetings For Maggie Miller

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“Dear Sister, we are all vell [well] and hope you are the same we would like to see you. we pretty near for got you Birth days. write sone [soon] from Bessie.”

Addressed to:   “Miss Maggie Miller, Gentryvill, MO.”

There’s a common name (for an uncommon girl, no doubt!) Maggie or Margaret Miller. Nothing shows up in city directories or census records in Gentry Village for Maggie, or even under just the last name and with this exact location. We have an earlier post that went to a Maggie Miller in Saint Joe, and it’s possible they are the same person. The postmarked date and place are unreadable. It’s a beauty of a card, though:  roses, forget-me-nots and daisies frame a view of a home (ever so commonly depicted) at river’s edge, and with a foot bridge in the foreground.

Divided back, embossed, used postcard. Printed in Germany. Series 1620b. Circa 1907 – 1911.

Price:  $4.00

Two Birthday Cards For Mrs. Barbara A. Hester

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“Each year holds special gifts in store

You would not want to miss one

My wish is  ‘Many Birthdays more.

And happiness on this one.’ “

This cute little card of Birthday Wishes used to have a gold ribbon (of which there was just a small piece left) hence the discoloration where the ribbon was….The card came with an insert on which the daughter wrote:   “Dear Mother:  This little card come to you on your birthday. We got home OK this eve and we all feel good. Paul & his girl are at the house.”
And on the inside of the card was written,  “Jean will come home next Wed. for a few days. Love from us all. Margaret.”

We find a Margaret H. Copeland (this makes sense after looking at the second card) on the 1930 Federal Census for Logansport, Indiana; married to Percy H. Copeland, both born about 1877; their son, Paul H. Copeland, born about 1907, is single; and daughter Ada, is born about 1916; all are born in Indiana. With the family are lodgers Ethel Richardson and Alice Shorter. This is a good possibility for the correct family. Shoring up the odds we see that the 1920 census for Jackson Township, Indiana, shows all the same family members with the addition of daughter, Jean, born in Indiana, about 1909.

An index of Paul H. Copeland’s marriage record was then found. He married Alice M. Tucker on August 8, 1931 in Cass County, Indiana. This record shows his parents Percy H. Copeland and Margaret Hester. So, it looks like Margaret used the initial of her maiden name as her middle initial, after she married, which was a very common thing to do at this time. (We see Ancestry trees with Margaret’s middle name as Pearl.) We could estimate then that these two birthday cards were from about 1926 – 1931. From here we found Margaret’s parents Barbara Ann Loop and James William Hester. Ancestry family trees have Barbara’s date of birth as January 29, 1855. If this date is correct, this means that these cards were sent in 1926, since Margaret put  “Thursday…Tomorrow is your birthday….”  on the second card (below) and the 1926 calendar shows that January 29th fell on a Friday.


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Above is the second card, found along with the first. It has a name written in pencil on the front which is,  “Aunt Maggie Copeland.”  And this must be the sender who’s initials on this one are M.H.C. So, maybe Maggie’s niece wrote on the front later. In any case, the sender wrote:

“Thursday….Dear Mother:  Tomorrow is your birthday and I wish we might be together. This weather is terribly cold and I hope you are comfortable. We got more cole and can be nice and warm. If I send you some material & that wool do you feel like making a comfort for our little bed? I’ll send Pa a card soon as I find a good one. Love, M.H.C.”

Ha, it looks like Margaret is saying “we got more coke”  but I think she meant coal…..I especially love the design of this card. (For me those flowers have a “sixties look” to them. I’m thinking of an album cover with similar flowers but forget who the group was.) This second card has the artist’s initial’s  “E. N.”  with copyright.

Set of two birthday cards, circa 1929. Artist on the second card shows initials “E. N.”

Price:  $15.00      Size:  About 4 and 1/4 x 3 and 1/2.”

Sources:  Year: 1930; Census Place: Logansport, Cass, Indiana; Roll: 579; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 0017; Image: 805.0; FHL microfilm: 2340314. (Ancestry.com)

Year: 1920; Census Place: Jackson, Cass, Indiana; Roll: T625_426; Page: 10B; Enumeration District: 50; Image: 113. (Ancestry.com)

Ancestry.com. Indiana, Select Marriages, 1780-1992

“United States Census, 1880,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MH94-G8Q : accessed 3 February 2015), William Hester, Howard, Howard, Indiana, United States; citing enumeration district 48, sheet 339B, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0285; FHL microfilm 1,254,285.

Hand-Painted Rose

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“May loves rarest dearest treasures

Fill life with o’erflowing pleasures,

And this greeting true and tender

Oft remind thee of the sender.”

– W.H.S.

“April 21 – 1911. Dear Ethel. I received your letter. Will write a letter someday when I have time. I hope you are all well. and that Bill is all right again. Larry[?] didn’t go home to day. Will go to morrow. You can come down when ever you want to. Will be glad to see you. May and Alice are well. She walks all over now. Mrs. McGrath – love to all.”

Addressed to:   “Miss Ethel Main, 253 14th st., San Francisco, Calif.”

This Birthday Wishes postcard is much the worse for wear, but it must have really been nice when brand new. The pink is very bright. From scrutinizing the card, that appears to be dirt rather than mold; there is no mustiness, but it’s still kept separate from all the others, just in case. This is part of The Ethel Main Collection, which we haven’t researched yet, but will later. The verse is lovely, but wasn’t found online. So, the identity of the poet W.H.S. is a mystery.

Divided back, hand-painted, used postcard. Postmarked April 21, 1911 from San Jose, California. Printed in Germany.

Price:  $1.00

Birthday Greetings To Edward Lind Haaga

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This postcard sent in 1911 has a bit of an unusual design:  a wheat bundle scene as the center of a sunflower or daisy-like flower, with Birthday Greetings printed below. It’s addressed to:   “Master Edward Hauga, Geneseo City.”   Finding the addressee was a little challenging:  the sender had spelled the last name differently. But the 1910 Federal Census for Geneseo shows Edward L. Haaga, age about three. His parents are William Haaga, born about 1881, occupation harness maker, and Jennie (Lind) Haaga, born about 1885. He has an older brother, William G. Haaga, born about 1905. All four were born in Illinois. A family tree on Ancestry shows Lind as Jennie’s maiden name, and this family name is confirmed in the birth and death record for a daughter Margaret Louise Haaga, born in August of 1910 (after the census) who died in 1927. The SSDI index online shows that Edward’s date of birth was April 6, 1907, so the sender was right on time with this postcard.

The sender wrote:   “Aunt D..? won’t be over today. It’s [?] raining. and she has a very bad cold. hope this finds you all well. will bring you a little present when I come. Many happy birth days. from Aunt D. E.”
(or L. E.?)

The publisher or printer logo on the back of the card is the mystery for this one, showing three shields with a prominent “M” in the center, all making up one large shield. Above this design is a smaller stars and stripes banner. There is a letter in each shield on the left and right of the “M” – the left is difficult to determine, but the right appears to be a “P.”  The bottom shield holds “Co” for Company. It’s a very nicely designed logo with the “M” making up part of the shield as a whole.

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Divided back, embossed, used postcard. Postmarked April 6, 1911 from Geneseo, Illinois. Publisher unknown.

Availability status:  SOLD

Sources:  Year: 1910; Census Place: Geneseo Ward 4, Henry, Illinois; Roll: T624_291; Page: 13A; Enumeration District: 0120; FHL microfilm: 1374304. (Ancestry.com)

Ancestry.com. U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014 [database on-line].

“Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/N3XD-4Q9 : accessed 04 Oct 2014), Margaret Louis Haaga, 13 Sep 1927; citing Public Board of Health, Archives, Springfield; FHL microfilm 1614259.

Boat And Roses Birthday Greetings

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Gorgeous postcard printed in Germany primarily in pink and green, showing a scene of a person in a small skiff or rowboat with a couple of cottage type buildings showing at the point of the land in the background. The scene is surrounded by embossed roses in pink and orange, with a contrast of some type of smaller purple flowers at the top right. The caption shows  “Birthday Greetings”. This is just one of the many examples of the beautiful colors in the older German-printed cards.

Divided back, unused, embossed postcard. Printed in Germany. Circa 1907 – 1914.

Price:  $10.00

Birthday Greetings From Mabel

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There was no luck researching this one with just an initial for the last name for the sender and the common first name back then, of Mabel, and with the removal of the stamp having taken off the rest of the receiver’s last name. (Nothing showing in White Haven for John Go..?..) Anyway the sender wrote:  “Dear Cousin, Just a line too let you know we are all well hope you are all the same. I recd the letter will anser later wish you a Happy birthday and many more. suppose Edna will be home on Sunday but I am not sure Ma said you should try too get her some good bush or pole beans and bring her a few over for seed. hope you will be over soon. will look for you’s over on Sunday. with Love too all. ans soon   Mabel L.

Addressed to:  “Mr. John Go..?…, White Haven, Penna. R F D # 1.”

The front is beautiful, showing some old roses in dark and light pink with some background colors of tan and blue and a very vibrant yellow. The font for the message “Birthday Greetings” is stylish and delicate.

Divided back, used postcard. Series 249 C. Publisher:  L S C. Postmarked April 1916 at Weatherly, Pennsylvania

Price:  $8.00

 

Birthday Wishes From Pauline To Goldie

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Pretty colors on this one and nice lettering showing “Wishing You A Happy Birthday.” Yellow rose with buds on a light blue background with a very nice embossed border of white leaves. The back shows,  “From Pauline to Goldie.”

The very distinctive post card heading on the back – with the sort of spiral staircase design around the “C” is seen both with the publisher or printer logo that we have here – one or two “A”s inside a circle – and also seen on postcards by publisher E. Nash with the copyright symbol and “N” inside a triangle. On the Nash cards that I’ve seen using the spiral design, “Copyright E. Nash” is printed on the outside left of the spiral. The question is did Nash maybe buy out whoever was publishing or printing under the “A” in circle logo? I have a Nash one dated 1913 and an “A” in circle one dated 1910. These examples will be posted next.

Divided back, embossed, unused with writing postcard. Series or number 609 – 7. Publisher or printer logo is 2 capital “A”s  – one larger than the other, in a circle. Circa 1910.

Price:  $4.00