For the first piece of ephemera of the year, I have an old postcard that was printed in Germany and published by J.B. & Co.
It's postmarked December 27, 1916.1
The card was mailed from Galena, Illinois, (located in the extreme northwest tip of the state) to Truman, Wisconsin. Truman is an unincorporated area within the town of Kendall, Wisconsin.2 Galena and Truman are about 30 miles apart.
The message on the postcard, from Helene, reads:
I wonder what the Finks thought of that."The candy will come before long. I'm too busy having a good time."
Efrem Zimbalist and his wife, Alma Gluck (pictured at right), made a number of Victor recordings, including "Massa's in da cold, cold ground" and "Old Black Joe" by violinist Zimbalist and "Sweet and Low," "Der Spielmann," and "Roses in June" by soprano Gluck.
2. Kendall only had about 320 residents in the 2000 census. It is located within Lafayette County, which also has locations named Argyle, Cuba City, Hazel Green, New Diggings, Avon, Elk Grove, Etna, Five Corners, Lead Mine, Meekers Grove, and Red Rock.