Oh, You Lollypop!

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Divided back, used postcard. Sent from Pontiac, Michigan on April 28th, year unknown. Publisher:  Samson Brothers. Series 257. Made in the U. S. A. Circa 1909 – 1916.

Availability status:  SOLD

“Oh, You Lollypop! Such is life – some gets the Lollypops and I gets the stick!”

It looks like Mae, the sender of this card, was an optimist, as underneath the above caption she (or someone) wrote  “Not so.”  Sent April 28th from Pontiac, Michigan, but the year didn’t show up. Addressed to:  “Miss Effie S. Kidd, Davisburg, Mich.”  The sender wrote:

“Dear Effie  I got my permission and will meet you Thurs. – if you come. How are you coming. Did you get your trunk allright.  Mae”

There is an Effie S. Kidd who was married May 8, 1916 in Springfield, Oakland County, Michigan. Springfield is actually Springfield Township, and Davisburg is located in Springfield Township, so this would be the same Effie S. Kidd for this marriage as the addressee on this postcard. The marriage data shows Effie, age about 22, born in Detroit, daughter of William Kidd and Christena Barclay. Now, the interesting thing (relating to this postcard) is that Effie married Sydney T. Lillycrop, age about 23, born London, England, son of George Lillycrop and Eliza Outen. Lollypop/Lillycrop – Humorous definitely, coincidental perhaps, or by design? Did Mae choose this card on purpose because Effie had confided to Mae that she liked Sydney, or Effie and Sydney were boyfriend and girlfriend already? The imagination runs wild. Maybe Sydney was dating someone else, Effie was upset (like the little girl on the postcard) and Mae was telling her don’t worry, you’ll get him (some gets the lollypop and I gets the stick – Not so.) It’s funny, though.

The 1900 Federal Census taken in Royal Oak, Oakland County, Michigan shows Effie and her parents and siblings:  William and Christana Kidd, ages 43 and 38, both born in Scotland. William works for the railroad; the children are William, James, Robert F., Effie S., George, Annabell and Alfred. The two oldest children were born in Canada and the younger born in Michigan. Effie is listed as born January 1894, and this is confirmed in the Michigan birth records with the exact date as January 5th.

Taking into account Effie’s birth and marriage dates, we could estimate this card to be from about 1909 when she was around age 15, till right before her marriage in 1916.

Sources:  “Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/N359-HV8 : accessed 19 Jun 2014), Sydney T. Lillycrop and Effie S. Kidd, 08 May 1916; citing Springfield, Oakland, Michigan, v 4 p 256 rn 158, Department of Vital Records, Lansing; FHL microfilm 2342717.

Year: 1900; Census Place: Royal Oak, Oakland, Michigan; Roll: 735; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 0105; FHL microfilm: 1240735. (Ancestry.com)

“Michigan, Births and Christenings, 1775-1995,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F42H-2VM : accessed 20 Jun 2014), Effie S. Kidd, 05 Jan 1894; citing Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, reference bk30 pg89 cn1332; FHL microfilm 1377671.

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