Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Postcard: Dan J. Pierce is having a swell time

This tinted postcard featuring some unidentified raging river rapids was postmarked on August 24, 1936, in Louisville, Kentucky, and mailed to an address in Irvington, New Jersey.

On that same date, Nazi Germany increased the duration of compulsory military service from one year to two, and the Philadelphia Phillies, in the midst of a dreadful season, were traveling from Brooklyn to Chicago, where they would be swept by the Cubs.

The diagonally written message on the back states:
Howdy! I'm on my vacation and having a swell time. If you need anything while I'm away the folks at our office will take care of you. Hope to see you when I get back.
Best wishes —
Dan J. Pierce

As you can see, the message is written in deep blue ink, followed by the name Dan J. Pierce in a difference pen and style of lettering. I almost wonder if the generic deep-blue message was pre-printed onto the card. More likely, I reckon, a secretary with nice handwriting wrote all the messages in advance and Pierce just added his name and perhaps his clients' addresses so he could send cards more easily from his vacation site.

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