Wednesday, December 23, 2015

"Christmas Greetings" postcard mailed to Palmyra, N.J.

Today's timeworn vintage Christmas postcard features an elaborate border, a starry sky, a peaceful-looking forest church and snow, something that we won't be seeing any time soon here in the Northeastern United States.

The card was mailed about a century ago, but the postmark is only partially legible, and I cannot tell what the year was. It was mailed with the green, one-cent Benjamin Franklin stamp, which was part of the Washington-Franklin Issues that began in 1908.

It was mailed to Miss Anna Olson of Palmyra, New Jersey, in care of G.A. Peterson. The only thing written on the message side of the card is "From Home."

A couple of notable tidbits about Palmyra:
  • It was the northernmost tip of the colony of New Sweden (1638–1655), which stretched along the Delaware River.
  • Baseball Rubbing Mud is taken annually from the the banks of the New Jersey side of the Delaware River, near Palmyra.

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