Saturday, July 20, 2019

Saturday's postcard: "You are going to get the dog"

This postcard, which was postmarked in March 1911, features a view of Lake Carnegie at Highland Park in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.1 The mention on the front of "Aspinwall in distance" refers to Aspinwall borough, which had a population of about 2,600 in 1910 and has one slightly higher than that today. Aspinwall's motto is "The Town That Pride Built."

The postcard was mailed to Mr. Emerson Lanning of Vandergrift, Pennsylvania. This is the second of his postcards featured on Papergreat; the other was five summers ago. The cursive note on the card states:
Emerson — You are going to get the dog, as soon as Geo. gets a chance. He will drop you a card the day before he comes. Baby takes a toothbrush and cleans Jack's teeth everyday. We are all well. Hoping the same to you all.
Cousin Mathilda
So, if I'm following this correctly, is Jack the dog?

1. "Name of Pittsburgh" has its own Wikipedia page. The page notes:
"The name of the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has a complicated history. Pittsburgh is one of the few U.S. cities or towns to be spelled with an h at the end of a burg suffix. ... The city's name is commonly misspelled as Pittsburg because innumerable cities and towns in America make use of the German -burg suffix, while very few make use of the Scottish -burgh suffix. This problem is compounded by the fact that from 1891 to 1911, the spelling of the city's name was federally recognized as Pittsburg."

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