Saturday, November 7, 2020

Postcard my great-grandmother sent from Taxco, Mexico

My great-grandmother, Greta Miriam Chandler Adams (1894-1988), mailed this postcard to my mother and uncle in December 1967. She sent it around the time Otis Redding died in a plane crash, the Concorde was first shown to the public and the U.S. government was testing to see whether atomic bombs could be used to facilitate the fracking needed for natural gas extraction.1

Shown in the Editorial Mexico/Fischgrund postcard is a vista from Taxco, Mexico. Taxco, in central southern Mexico. According to Wikipedia, and as we can see in the postcard, "The city of Taxco lies on very rugged terrain and has steep, irregular streets. The streets are also narrow and generally lack sidewalks, making them picturesque but dangerous. Adding to the charm is that most streets are paved with dark stones, adorned with lines, pictures and even murals of white stone."

Here's the note Greta wrote 53 years ago in her shaky cursive handwriting:
"Going to Taxco today for over-night. Been too busy to send cards on trip. Sorry. Hope you're well. Had pretty air-plane & auto trips. Not crazy about meals. Weather been pretty — some rain in [sic] few showers. Get tired in Mexico City walking around.
I mean, she was 73, so I think we can cut her a little slack for being pooped at all that walking.


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