This postcard was postmarked September 3, 1907,1 in Ocean City, New Jersey. The front of the card states "Fast Shore Line between Ocean City and Atlantic City, N.J."2
Whoever produced the card transposed two words. It was actually called the Shore Fast Line. According to Wikipedia:
More history on this trolley line can be found in Mervin E. Borgnis' 1979 book "We Had a Shore Fast Line."
Also, here's a headline and excerpt from a related article published by The New York Times on March 2, 1907:
This postcard was sent between two of my ancestors. It was mailed by Edgar Chandler Gause to Miss Edna Chandler in Wilmington, Delaware. Here's the note Edgar wrote on the back:
TROLLEY TO LINK
The Pennsylvania Planning a
Line from Sandy Hook
to Cape May.
READY IN SUMMER, 1908
Trip May Then Be Made in Five
Hours Without Change
ATLANTIC CITY, March 1. -- Pennsylvania Railroad capital is back of a plan to link all resorts on the Jersey Coast from Sandy Hook to Cape May by trolley. Railroad engineers assert that within three years it will be possible to go from New York to Sandy Hook by steamer and ride without change of cars to the southernmost point of New Jersey.
So, my ancestors had more house parties than I do.
And they also used the word "dandy."3
Captain John Smith. It was one of the Jamestown Exposition stamps of 1907, a commemorative set for a world fair that was held that year.
According to 1847usa.com, this stamp is exceptionally difficult to find well-centered. For more information, check out the website's article titled "Postage Stamps of the United States First Issued in 1907."
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1. One day later, on September 4, 1907, composer Edvard Grieg went to the big Hall of the Mountain King in the sky.
2. Side note: Less than one year before this postcard was mailed, 53 people died in an Atlantic City train wreck involving the West Jersey and Seashore Railroad on October 28, 1906. And as a further side note, according to Wikipedia:
press release when public relations expert Ivy Lee, working with the Pennsylvania Railroad, parent company of the West Jersey and Seashore Railroad, convinced the company to present a statement to journalists at the scene of the accident. The New York Times printed the release word-for-word on October 30, 1906."3. Now, the people who know my own fondness for the word "dandy" will understand that it's in my family blood. I clearly cannot help it.