The odd illustration1 on the front of the card is supplemented by the following note from the sender: "While out driving this is your dog Limey." (At least, I think the name written there is Limey.)
The postcard was mailed with a 1¢ stamp to Jim Wells [?] of Etters, here in York County, Pennsylvania. The recipient's further address was RFD No. 2, Box 41. Etters, a neighborhood in the northern part of the county, is still the name of a post office.
The Post Card Union of America, based in Philadelphia, was apparently the early 1900s version of Postcrossing. Its members were able to exchange postcards across the nation and world. Here are a few classified advertisements from magazines, all circa 1907-1908:
- 10,000 POST CARD EXCHANGERS are members of our Union. Oldest, largest — covers the world. 50c. lists your name, making you a member, with full outfit. Post Card Union of America, 1020 Arch Street, Philadelphia.
- 10,000 Post Card Exchangers read the Post Card Union Magazine, official journal of the POST CARD UNION OF AMERICA. The Army and Navy Boys have a special department under which their names are listed. Your name will be listed, with a full membership outfit and two copies of the Magazine, for 50c., every month. Your name will reach all our members and you will receive many handsome cards. The Union also furnishes post cards to its members at Low Rates.
- 10,000 POST CARD EXCHANGERS read the Post Card Union Magazine, 25c lists your name, including two-year subscription, cards, rubbers stamp and membership in the POST CARD UNION OF AMERICA, 1044 Arch St., Philadelphia.
Oddly, similar magazine advertisements list 1022 Arch Street and 1042 Arch Street as the organization's address. So I don't know what the deal was with its office location.
Moving along, here is my latest collection (I'm trying to do this twice a month) of links to interesting stuff the caught my eye online. It leads off with a rare article that mentions author Ruth Manning-Sanders. There are also some good reads about ephemera, modern culture and lifestyles, history and the environment. I hope you find something that piques your interest!
- "The Book That Changed My Life: Joanna Bolouri chooses A Choice of Magic by Ruth Manning-Sanders"
- PRI: "Here's what we lost when we stopped writing letters" by Nina Porzucki
- Nillu Nasser Stelter, Fiction & Freelance Writer: "The Forgotten Joys of Longhand Writing"
- Curious Anarchy: "The Excitement of Early Photograpy" by Cassandra Rowbotham
- The Verge: "The fight to save endangered ebooks: Libraries take on the tricky question of digital preservation" by Adi Robertson
- TechCrunch: "We’re Still Traveling Like It’s 1996" by John Balen
- The New York Times: "Fairy Tale Romances, Real and Staged" by Kim Wall
- The New York Times: "Supersize Motor Homes Can Be a Good Way to Go, or Stay" by Peter T. Wilborn
- The Atlantic: "Can Wikipedia Ever Be a Definitive Medical Text?" by Julie Beck
- Wall Street Journal: "Still Paying for the Civil War: Veterans' Benefits Live On Long After Bullets Stop" by Michael M. Phillips
- Twisted Sifter: "The World’s Largest Photo, Taken with the World’s Largest Camera"
- Colossal: "271 Years Before Pantone, an Artist Mixed and Described Every Color Imaginable in an 800-Page Book" by Christopher Jobson
- Wayne K. Spear: "Your Writing is Not Like a Barry Manilow Song"
- The Onion: "Woman A Leading Authority On What Shouldn’t Be In Poor People’s Grocery Carts"
- National Geographic: "Cold War Spy-Satellite Images Unveil Lost Cities" by Dan Vergano
- Sci-News.com: "Ancient Egyptians Transported Large Objects over Wet Sand, Study Suggests"
- Smithsonian.com: "Your Garbage Is Polluting Even The Deep, Remote Reaches of the Ocean" by Sarah Zielinski
- The Appendix: "Interpreting 'Physick': The Familiar and Foreign Eighteenth-Century Body" by Lindsay Keiter
- The New York Times: "Chernobyl: Capping a Catastrophe" by Henry Fountain with stunning photographs by William Daniels
1. With regard to the postcard illustration, this is a magnification of the artist's signature...