Necks To Nothing


Divided back, used postcard. Postmarked October 31, 1908 from Harrisonville, Missouri. Publisher:  J. Murray Jordan. Copyright J. Murray Jordan, 1905. Series or number 207.

Price:  $10.00

“H’ville Oct – 31 – 1908   Dear Louise:  In the absence of a Halloween card I will just send this which I think just beats them all to pieces anyway. How are you? My school is fine. Evelyn and I are coming over some Sunday soon but not tomorrow.”

On the front:   The sender’s comment to “Necks to Nothing” is  “Isn’t it the truth?”   regarding a comical, kind of grotesque image that makes fun of a couple of gents, with their exaggerated shirt collars, quizzing glasses and posteriors, the caption implying they have nothing much upstairs, above the neck.

The sender goes on to say,  “Ernest is here now and will be here over [?] I expect. We are coming some Sun. soon tho perhaps I am going to……[?]…… week and perhaps Evelyn too. Ernest will be in K. C. then. I am going to….[?]…….lessons soon perhaps today[?]…..Love to all  G. C.”

Addressed to:   “Miss Louise Henley, Pleasant Hill, Mo.”

Louise Henley is likely the Mary L. Henley that appears on the 1910 census in Pleasant Hill, MO. Born Missouri, about 1891; daughter of James and Ella Henley, and sister to James, Jr. and George……Sure enough, we find confirmation in Find A Grave, among other places. Mary Louise went by Louise, and she married Ucilious Calvert Sterquell.

Source:  Year: 1910; Census Place: Pleasant Hill, Cass, Missouri; Roll: T624_770; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 0041; FHL microfilm: 1374783. (

Find A Grave Memorial# 54015645. (accessed October 30, 2016)