Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Postcard of "Wheatland" mailed
90 years ago

Here's an old postcard featuring Wheatland, the Lancaster, Pennsylvania, home of 15th President of the United States James Buchanan (whose hopes of getting out of the cellar of the all-time rankings of U.S. presidents are on the rise). Although Wheatland is just blocks from my workplace, I haven't visited it yet, though I have been to Buchanan's extremely modest grave at Woodward Hill Cemetery, also in Lancaster, a couple times.

This card was postmarked in New York City in June 1928 and mailed with a red, two-cent Valley Forge stamp. It was mailed to Mr. H.C. Fall in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts, and contains the following cursive message:
N.Y. June 17, 1928
D.B.H. Carl had already set folks to getting that stamp but perhaps he can call it off to morrow — Glad you could go to Lowell & get in & do errands — It was a fine day. We went to Coney Island yesterday P.M. It has a fine beach but a perfectly enormous lot of cheap side show stuff & crowds of "onery" people — Keep auto tires 35 to 40.

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