A Bird In The Hand

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Divided back, used postcard. Postmarked August 16, 1925 from North Attleboro, Massachusetts. Publisher:  L.F. Pease, 258 Laurel St., Buffalo, New York, List no. 311.

Price:  $15.00

” ‘A bird in the hand’ is worth two on a card.

But a word on a card is better than none:

So here are two birds and a very few words

And that’s doing better than some.  – L.F.P.”

Another charmer from publisher L.F. Pease:  This is the second postcard that we have from them, so far, and shows two rather adorable crows wearing eyeglasses, each at one end and gazing down at the beautiful green banner with the above verse. The card is addressed to:  “Mrs. Jessie Laier, 180 Aspen Rd, Swamkscott, Mass.”  And the sender wrote:

“Dear Mummie, don’t come after me Wed. they are going to have a concert Saturday at the chapel. Barby.”

The 1930 Federal Census for Swampscott, Essex County, shows the same street address as the postcard, and the Laier family:  Carl C. Laier, born about 1887, occupation purchasing agent for a printing and lithograph company; his wife Jessie E., born about 1888; daughter Barbara E., born about 1915; and son Carl R., born about 1918. All are natives of Massachusetts.

Source:  Year: 1930; Census Place: Swampscott, Essex, Massachusetts; Roll: 903; Page: 15A; Enumeration District: 0280; Image: 1027.0; FHL microfilm: 2340638 (Ancestry.com)

2 thoughts on “A Bird In The Hand

  1. My great-grandmother was Lillian Pease. My two sisters, my brother, and I donated a collection of her postcards to the Smithsonian in 2011. I am ordering some favorite postcards of hers online to frame. Proud that I have her name, Katherine Lillian (Pease) Leers. This is most exciting to discover you here.

    • Hi Katherine, thanks so much for your comment! So, I was looking at the 1920 Federal Census in Buffalo, NY and see Lillian F. Pease, wife of Alvah. He was listed as a merchant in the postal card industry and Lillian stated as not working. However, on the 1916 Buffalo City Directory she is listed as occupation “post cards.” Can you give us more information? Did she run the company? How nice to get her full name from you. I’ll update the post with sources shortly.

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