I picked up both of today's intriguing pieces of ephemera at a one-of-a-kind antiques store in York New Salem, Pennsylvania. The shop, which is only open two days per week, is like the coolest attic in the world. The shelves are filled haphazardly with boxes full of receipts, postcards, magazines, greeting cards, photos, church bulletins and much more. Every trip there is a treasure hunt for paper, sorting through stuff that miraculously wasn't thrown out decades ago.
Both of today's items are mysteries (my favorite kind of ephemera). The above postcard has had the corner with its stamp torn off. But clues remain. The back of the card has:
- A postmark from Scranton, Pennsylvania, dated 4 p.m. on June 10, 1908.
- It's addressed to Mrs. Ray B. Barr in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
- The tiny print states: "Souvenir Post Card Co., New York. Printed in Germany."
- This line is also printed on the card: "This space may be used for correspondence after March 1st, 1907."
serious legislation against child labor was enacted in the United States. Why you want want to highlight your child workforce in a postcard is another question entirely.
Who were these kids? Did they know they were being photographed for a postcard? What were their lives like? How many of them died young in the mines? Sometimes, when I see children in the corners of postcards -- like the boy from this postcard whose image is magnified at right -- I wonder what their names were and what they were thinking on these days when their image was captured.
Along those lines, another postcard that I have featured previously on Papergreat contains a fascinating image of a young girl sitting on the street. Here's a close-up of that girl, from the postcard of Møntestræde in Odense, Denmark.
Today's second item, pictured below, is an undated photo. Another mystery photo, although at least we apparently have a name for this woman. At some point, the photo was pasted to a piece of envelope, which contains a postmark for 8 a.m. on February 2, 1907, in Columbia, Pennsylvania. And written in pencil is "Aunt Lucy Gilbert."
We'll likely never know any more than that about Aunt Lucy...