Monday, June 3, 2019

Mystery postcard of "old school"

This unused real photo postcard dates from between 1910 and 1930, based on the two upward-pointing triangles and the two downward-pointing triangles in the stamp box. In this case, we do have the tiniest bit of information on the back. Someone has written "Old School interior." That's it. (We also have to consider the possibility that the caption was written decades after the creation of the postcard. It could just be someone guessing at the function of this room.)

On the front, someone wrote "H WARD" and "WARD" onto the picture in ink. Clues, for sure, but not clues that are going to get us anywhere a century later. Who knows how many owners and dealers this RPPC has passed through?

The classroom, if that's what it is, contains small wooden desks and several wicker chairs. On one desk, there appears to be a white statue of a lion.

The two walls we can see are adorned with large wildlife/nature paintings. If I had to venture a guess, I'd say the big antlered creature on the left is supposed to be an elk. I have driven through Elk County, Pennsylvania, which makes me an expert on such things.

Sigh. Let's face it: We'll never know where this "classroom" was.

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