An excellent Real Photo Postcard of the Happy Families of Norwalk, CT. Judging by the family resemblances, placement of the subjects, and pose of the youngest woman, we might guess that the one family is the three adults on the left – husband, wife and young adult daughter; which leaves the other as the family on the right - the husband and wife and their three small children. Up-close scrutiny shows that the two ladies in the middle are wearing wedding rings. Too bad we can’t see the left hand of the youngest woman, but her pose with her arm draped on the knee of the woman behind her, seems to denote daughter and mother. The other interesting details are the porch lattice work, which is ever-so nice, the beautiful lace curtains that we can see in the windows, the reflection in the door’s window of what looks to be some type of building across the way, the potted cactus plant to the left of the porch stairs, and very importantly – the house number which shows as 22. Aside from the scrutiny of the details, this is just a wonderful image of two beautiful families, posing for the camera, in the early 1900s.
The AZO stamp box with all four triangles pointing up, dates this postcard circa 1904 – 1918. The writing on the back is a little puzzling, but it possibly indicates that Joe is 5 years old and Minnie is 7. Frankie’s age is given as 1 and 1/2 years, so there’s no question about that one. However, what the writer meant by the numbers 3 and 2 respectively after Joe and Minnie, is unclear. Online research for these two families is not turning up anything concrete, but the Happy surname most certainly turns up in Connecticut, as well as in other states and Canada.
Divided back, Real Photo Postcard, unused with writing. AZO stamp box, circa 1904 – 1918.