Happy 1911

Divided back, embossed postcard. Postmarked December 30, 1910, Visalia California. Copyright John Winsch. Printed in Germany.

Price:  $6.00

With best New Year Wishes

One more for the New Year…..backtracking 107 years…a profusion of pansies to welcome 1911.

The name or initials of this sincere sender is open to interpretation, but the card was sent to:   “Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Blake, 1426 J. St., Fresno, Cal.

John H. Blake appears on the 1911 city directory at the above address, working as a clerk for the S J L & P Corp (San Joaquin Light & Power Corporation). The 1910 Federal Census for Fresno shows he is single, boarding, and living next door at 1424 J. Street, working as a self-employed electrician, and born in California, about 1885. From an Ancestry tree, John Howard Blake married Lydia Mae Clewett in June 1910 (after the census was taken). They didn’t stay at the J Street address long, as the 1912 Fresno directory shows 1019 R Street, with John working as an electrician for Valley Electrical Supply Company. By the 1920, the couple had moved to San Jose.

See Metro Postcard’s entry on John O. Winsch for more on the publisher.

Sources:  Polk – Husted Directory Co.’s Fresno and Coalinga City and Fresno County Directory, 1911. p. 48. Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995.

Polk – Husted Directory Co.’s Fresno and Coalinga City and Fresno County Directory, 1912. p. 53. Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995.

Year: 1910; Census Place: Fresno Ward 2, Fresno, California; Roll: T624_76; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 0037; FHL microfilm: 1374089. (Ancestry.com).

“John Howard Blake.” Clewett/Larson Family Tree. (Ancestry.com). accessed January 14, 2018.

Year: 1920; Census Place: San Jose, Santa Clara, California; Roll: T625_148; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 177. (Ancestry.com).

“John O. Winsch. 1910 – 1915.” W – Publishers. Metropostcard.com. (accessed January 14, 2018).

St. Patrick’s Day Souvenir

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Here’s a beautifully done postcard celebrating the day, though not in the best of shape, with a crease down the middle and a tear at the top toward the left. Oh well, but the composition is lovely with all those white and gold-tone shamrocks surrounding the scene of  “Lough Swilly From Castle Bridge Buncrana.”

At the bottom right on the waterway scene is printed,  “Design copyrighted, John Winsch, 1911.”  This was quite difficult to make out and only worked when I pointed a flashlight at the original held tilted at an angle. (Odd because enlarging the view on the computer blurred it more.) Lough Swilly is a fjord or sea inlet located between the Inishowen Peninsula and the Fanad Peninsula in County Donegal. The sender wrote:

“Dear Sadie:  Come & see us stop at where you go to Rodder. How are you I am fine & dandy and hope you are the same. I got your card was glad to hear from you. I guess we wont be here next week by this time we could..[?]…down to Rodder alright. We were packing some thing to day glass & dishes. I was up to stay all night with Lucille last night. I am not writing this good I am writing it up stair on that little table. Well I must go to bed. I will write more[?] when I get to the new home[?] best regards to all. [?]  excuse my writing.

Addressed to:   “Mrs. Charles Hartwig, Bishop, Cal.”

Sadie Eleanor Hartwig is Sadie’s full married name, per her husband’s WWI Draft Registration card. He is Charles Christian Hartwig, born April 18, 1876. This 1918 document shows he was farming, and they were living in Bishop in Inyo County. The 1920 Federal Census shows they were living in Warm Springs. Sadie was born in Kansas (of Scottish and Irish descent) about 1880 according to this census, however further records shows 1890 for her year of birth; Charles, of German descent, was born in Illinois; and they had two children at this time, Eleanor age 4, and Dorothy, age 1. Also in the household is Sidney B. Johnson, likely a boarder helping with the farm work.

The reference to Rodder though is a mystery. It doesn’t show up as a city. Some other searches were tried (just briefly) without success.

Divided back, embossed, unused with writing. Publisher:  John Winsch, design copyright 1911.

Price: $10.00

Sources:  Registration State: California; Registration County: Inyo; Roll: 1530793. Ancestry.com. U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918.

Year: 1920; Census Place: Warm Springs, Inyo, California; Roll: T625_94; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 36; Image: 1130. (Ancestry.com).

Year: 1930; Census Place: Merced, Merced, California; Roll: 178; Page: 19A; Enumeration District: 0003; Image: 108.0; FHL microfilm: 2339913. (Ancestry.com).