Shedding Light On
In 1906 it was estimated that one person in every eight in the
United States purchased a picture postcard. There were
80,000 stores handling them in the country in
1906 where there had only been 100 the year before.
This is a commercial novelty embossed divided back photographic postcard. The couples on the front of the card are models. Nothing indicates the manufacturer of the card.
It is obvious that some things never change. Getting your husband to write you when he is away from home is obviously one of them. I am intrigued by postcards; these little snapshots in time. The sender and recipient hopefully knew what was meant by the correspondence, but we may never.
3pm October 1910
This postcard was mailed to:
Mr. Henry Walters
1126 - 2 ave South
This may or may not be the Henry Walters of our postcard. The card was mailed in October and the census taken in May. This would certainly allow enough time for Henry to marry. The census taker may have assumed he was single as he was a boarder in a boarding house. More information would be required to confirm this is our Henry.
Well Dear how do you
like this card. I received
yours and was glad
to get it we are all
well and I hope
you are the same
and I wished you
would write to one
sometime love to
you ever your Wife
Whist is a trick-taking card game originating in the early 17th century which was played widely in the 18th and 19th centuries.
In the middle of the 18th century, whist was regularly played at the coffee houses of London and in fashionable society. By the late 19th century an elaborate and rigid set of rules detailing the laws of the game, its etiquette and the techniques of play, had been developed that took a large amount of study to master. In the early 20th century, bridge, which shares many traits with whist, displaced it as the most popular card game among many card players.
There are hundred of books written detailing the rules of the game and it's popularity. The woodcut below came from such a book and show that the game was so popular it was played during carriage travel.
Yes, I think we can all see why kissing is better than Whist!
Anonymous. Better Than Playing Whist. Postcard. Unknown 1910.
1910 U.S. census, Silver Bow County, Montana, population schedule, Silver Bow, p. 104, dwelling 283 , family 287, Eliza Pearl (Head); digital images. Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com/ : retrieved 19 February 2010); citing NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 836.
Bogan, Robert. Real Photo Postcard Guide. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2006
Vaule, Rosamond B. As We Were - American Photographic Postcards, 1905 - 1930. Boston: David R. Godine, 2004.
Anonymous. "Postcards For Every Use." The Sun. December 2, 1906. Online archives The Library of Congress : 2009.
For the Festival of Postcards - Light - February 2010.