With All Kind Thoughts

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“Holbrook Aug 4, 1912. Dear cousen. I ame all right and hope you are felling better then you was or at least not so tired. well I have had some bad luck since I come home friday I lost that horse we was talk about. I docter her all day then next day after I got home she died about ten oclock at night. the little colt is just seven weeks old she was the best one I had. from your cousen J. W. Carter”

Another in the J. W. Carter series, and a terribly sad one.  We send all kind thoughts and ((hugs)) to J. W. and the colt. The horseshoe on the front of the card is appropriate, isn’t it?

On the bright side, this is a lovely, understated card of a gold-tone horseshoe with a small bunch of four-leaf clover that is caught up in a red ribbon. Below these good luck symbols is a city skyline scene, which appears way off in the distance. A white border of scroll work and clover complete the card.

Divided back, embossed postcard, unused with writing. Circa 1912. Publisher:  KLC or KL Company. Series 109.

Greetings From Holbrook

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“Holbrook Nebr, Sept 29, 1912. Dear cousen. I got your card last night and was glad to here from you glad your horse are get better. mine are all right yet. The cab[?] is buck yet some. I ame go to try and get it in time this week some time if I can and if i get it to working all right i ame come down sunday so i think can get there and less some happen so i cant leave. your cousen  J W C”

Addressed to:  “Miss Lena Davis, Almena, Kansas”

What was it that was bucking yet some? It sounds like it’s a vehicle that’s not running right, and if so, how do you like that for a horse type expression for a car? As, here we are in 1912, in that transitional period in rural America when the car was still in the process of becoming the established mode of transportation. Also, the distance between Holbrook, Nebraska and Almena, Kansas is about fifty miles, so it would seem like it would be too long of a trip to take by horse, for someone that is very busy making a living farming.

The front side of the card shows a red rose, framed in gold tone, surrounded by an embossed pink and white roses design, white border and lettering at the bottom that says “Greetings From ____” where J. W. has written “Holbrook.” The overall framing (because of the diagonal lines in the corners) resembles a carved wooden frame where the frame juts out and the center part with the rose is flat against the wall. Not that this is anything earth shattering, but I just think that the glimpses into the artists’ ideas for the postcards are interesting.

Divided back, embossed, used postcard. Postmarked in Omaha, date not appearing, approx. September 30, 1912. Publisher:  KLC or KL Company? Series 153.