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Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Friday, January 13, 2017
Postcard mailed from Riviera Beach, Florida, to Philadelphia on February 14, 1974. Message: Dear Trude, Received your letter just a few days before we began our winter vacation - 3 weeks in a very lovely spot. Wish we could bottle the sunshine & send it to you. Love, Lindy & Floss. I'll mail this to the Philadelphia address today.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Postcard mailed from Los Angeles to New York City on August 12, 1968. Message: Dear Ma -- This is "Perry Mason" country - all the names of the towns where the stories take place - Kent invited me to his boss's family's house here - we are 7 & one bathroom - no outhouse. On to Palm Springs & then Tues to [illegible] - Love me. Best regards, Kent. I'll mail this to the NYC address tomorrow.
Friday, December 16, 2016
Postcard mailed from Antwerp, Belgium, to Longview, WA, probably late 1950s. Message: The last nite of the trip - London tomorrow night. Weather is still on the cool side so spring is slow here. Kathleen. I'll mail this to the Longview address tomorrow.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Postcard mailed from Yellow Springs, Ohio, to Wichita, Kansas, on February 7, 1976. Message: Lee.... Please remember to send Gary W's address AND any extra slides you can part with of your work. THANKS. Allan Jones, Antioch College Art Dept., Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387. I'll mail this to the Wichita address tomorrow.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Monday, December 05, 2016
Postcard mailed from Boston to North Quincy, MA, on August 20, 1965. Message: We were so sorry about your accident. I saw it on TV but mama was not in the room and was sure he was wrong! Hope it was not too bad. Many thanks for anniversary card. Love to all, Arline A. I'll mail this to the N. Quincy address tomorrow.
Friday, December 02, 2016
Postcard mailed fromManchester Depot, VT, to Bethlehem, PA, on August 8, 1963. Message: Dear Mom & Pop, Today we stopped at Weston & visited the country store & that sort of thing. We stopped at a pottery shop to see a whole bunch of wheel thrown pieces. Shades of Chautauqua. We might be home on Fri. Ruth. I'll mail this to the Bethlehem address tomorrow.
Postcard mailed from Wolfeboro, NH, to Shamokin, PA, on September 4, 1967. Message: Hi Folks - this is where we stayed for 3 days Sure is nice & peacefull You would love it to. leaving Mon. Don't know where. Love, Ann & Mervyn. I'll mail this to the Shamokin address tomorrow.
Postcard mailed from Pocasett, MA, to Dover, PA, on August 22, 1981. Message: Hi Steven, Got here at 5:45. Mary was worried about us being so late. This was a long way around. 479 miles. Should not have been more than 450. Mary's neice coming tomorrow with guy from Scotland - staying till Sat. That would have been nice for you to meet him. Will be a full house. Miss you. Love Mom & Dad. I'll mail this to the Dover address tomorrow.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Postcard mailed from Yellow Springs, Ohio, to Hanover, Pennsylvania, on September 23, 1936. Message: Just down here for a weekend vacation. Would you send me Mary's address in Washington? You do owe me a letter, you bum. I am positive, this time. Your friend, Johnson. Virginia is working in Dayton this division. I'll mail this to the Hanover address tomorrow.
Postcard mailed from Bronx, New York, to Miami, Florida, on March 21, 1988. Message: Hi Sylvia, It was a nice sunny day so went to Race Track I enjoyed the day but lost a few dollars. That's O.K. I'll be back to win again soon. I was happy to hear you are doing well & getting around. God bless you & all. Truly Phil. I'll mail this to the Miami address tomorrow.
Postcard mailed from Valdosta, Georgia, to Fremont, Ohio, on November 9, 1968. Message: Dear Christine, The weather is fine. Will see you next week. don't start mail delivery till the 4th please. What is the latest news? Anything exciting happen? Will have to hurry now and do my Christmas shopping & baking. Kathryn & Albert. I'll mail this to the Fremont address tomorrow.
Sunday, March 13, 2016
Postcard mailed from Olancha, California, to Albuquerque, New Mexico, on April 14, 1975. Message: Charles - this postcard is so old the ladies have seams on their stockings. VW holding up good - some transmission trouble but engine is fine. Take care - see you sometime (when we break down?) Didi + Kevin. I'll mail this to the Albuquerque address tomorrow.
Friday, February 12, 2016
Just received an email from the current occupant of the home in Milton, Massachusetts (see this entry).
I received the postcard you sent that was addressed to what now is our home. The little history of the home that I know is that it was built in 1925. My wife moved to this house when she was six months old in 1956. Her parents purchased it from J___ and P____ L______. I do not know how long they had owned the home. My wife and I moved in after her parents had passed and have lived here since 1989. I have attached a picture of the home. Thaks for sending this along I am now going to do a little more research on the previous owners.
Jim & Sue
PS: the original postmark is Feb. 4, 1939 just a little more than 76 years ago last week. Wow!
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Postcard mailed from Saint John, New Brunswick, to Saugus, Massachusetts, on August 19, 1949. Message: Went china hunting to-day. It is very high this year so probably won't bring much home. It rained last night and is rainy again to-night.Went to Helen's cousins for lunch and have been invited out to a friends to-morrow P.M. Maude. I'll mail this to the Saugus address today.
Postcard mailed from San Antonio, Texas, to Brookline, Massachusetts, on March 22, 1940. Message: Hello Ginny. Give my love to Mittens. Sugar doesn't like me very much. He is afraid of me. Love Henry. I'll mail this to the Brookline address today.
Tuesday, February 09, 2016
Postcard mailed from New Haven, Connecticut, to Waltham, Massachusetts, on December 24, 1913. Message: Dear Mildred, I received your little bird and many thanks for the same. Don't think there is any truth in story about M. Thanking you again. I wish you a merry Xmas. Your friend, H.A.R. I'll mail this to the Waltham address today.
Postcard mailed from West Palm Beach, Florida, to Milton, Massachusetts, on Feb. 4, 1939. Message: Can you picture me riding a bicycle along this trail each day. Well I do. Ha Ha Will wonders ever cease. Elmer joins in best regards to you and Elmer. [signed illegibly]. I'll mail this to the Milton address today.