Easter Joys Be Thine

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Divided back, embossed, used postcard. Postmarked in Homer, New York on March 27th, year not readable. Publisher unknown. Series or number 155. Circa 1910.

Price:  $15.00

This is a really cute one. A chick (chicks are ruling this Easter) in a large eggshell cart that is equipped with flowers for wheels, driving two white bunnies who are harnessed with pink ribbons. The chick’s riding crop is a sprig of lily of the valley. And the colors are a little unusual in the card:  The grass is more blue than green; the colors are muted but sort of like “dream” colors, not just understated but sort of “off” like you’re looking at a replay of a dream, or a badly tinted old movie or something similar. It’s very cool. Anyway, the sender writes:

“Wed. Morn. Dear Lucy. Your Aunt Martha says she will come over and stay with you for 2 weeks and do light work if you want her too. So write back soon if you want her. Pa is not feeling good, got the blues. Hope you are all well, Mother.”

Addressed to:   “Mrs. Lucy Sears, McGraw, Cortland Co. N. Y., R.D. #3.”

Lucy E., according to the 1910 Federal Census for Homer, New York, was born about 1885. She is married to George F. Sears, born about 1881. He owns a dairy farm, and the couple have two boys, Floyd A., born in 1908, and Roy L., born in 1909. Living with them and helping with the farm is George’s brother, Erastus, born about 1887. All are natives of New York. The town of Homer is about five miles northwest of McGraw, as the crow flies.

The year is not readable or didn’t get stamped when postmarked. It wouldn’t be surprising if it’s 1910, since Lucy at this time has two boys under two years old, and she could definitely use a little help.

Source:  Year: 1910; Census Place: Homer, Cortland, New York; Roll: T624_934; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 0127; FHL microfilm: 1374947. (Ancestry.com).

4 thoughts on “Easter Joys Be Thine

  1. I am glad to have found this blog entry. I have the exact same card. In fact, I have five of this set. Of course, after hours of trying to find who is that S logo on the bottom right, I found nothing and ended up here. But… I’m a little puzzled here. I found another one from this set on a postcards-selling website (only one rabbit pulling the chick). It says series/numbers “155” on the back, like the one here. But all of my five sets have “147” on them… I swear these two are identical. The S logo, header, and everything. And the grasses are clearly green to me…and these colors appear to be very bold, rather than dream-like as you described it. The big difference I see in your card and others’ card is that they have pastel colors- like the purple in the background where it meets the gold border. Mine is more green, blue or yellow-depending on which one of the set. It’s more like Red-Blue-Yellow scheme. These cards are also postmarked in/from New York state (where I am) 1911. I wonder if my set was earlier copies.

    • Hi Monica, Have you seen the one on Card Cow “Bunny Pulling A Chick In A Cart” ? (stock #200991) That one has the same S logo and series 155 but there are a number of differences in design and the colors are different, but it’s the same general theme. And it says “A Joyful Easter” on the front. Interesting, though. The postmark date looks like 1913, from West Charleston VT, addressed to Glover VT. I’ll have to look this weekend and see if I have any others with the S in diamond shape logo. I don’t believe I’ve researched the publisher (whoever they were) since I couldn’t see the logo on mine. This which design came first question is reminding me of the “which came first, the chicken or the egg?” Haha. Love your avatar, by the way, smiling bun bun, what a face!

      • Haha, thank you! I am collecting Easter postcards (for now, since I’m such a big bunny person) I just started collecting- after Mom’s death, her postcard collections suddenly came into my life. Haha. That’s the one I was talking about, yes yes! I hope you find who was the “S”. It turns out that I have duplicates! I have 147 and 155! What a difference! (Here is the link: https://photos.app.goo.gl/yj7suT9l5888DXpH3) Happy Holidays!

  2. Easter postcards, in general, are some of the best I think – they just have so much charm and imagination, flowers for wheels, bunnies painting eggs….and the faces on the buns, and chicks, etc….So adorable and often funny. That must be a nice connection for you with your mom, though she is no longer with you, to have her card collection! I am partial to bunnies ever since ours came to us through a hole in the fence, and we ended up adopting her from the neighbor who could no longer take care of her. Lucky for us! …Thanks for the link. (Love the cards, even better as sets!) I see what you mean. So, if the series is numbered in sequence, the more vibrantly colored ones came first under series 147, and then the publisher re-worked the cards in the lighter colors under series 155. I’ve seen a lot of examples of changes to cards, in various ways – like if a card was originally made from a photo, then one publisher produced it one way, and another company made changes, either in color, or sometimes taking out or adding things in. But this color change for the same publisher makes sense, too….I didn’t come across any more S logo cards, but will let you know if I do. Definitely a mystery for the publisher name! Happy Holidays to you, too!

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