Saturday, January 16, 2021

RPPC with a note from Lizzie B.

Here's an RPPC that was mailed to Mrs. John Schultz in Hawkeye, Iowa, a tiny city in the northeastern portion of that state.1 It's difficult to read the faded postmark, but my best guess is that it was mailed in September 1918, around the time the even-deadlier second wave of the influenza pandemic was circling the globe. 

Here's what the message, in pencil and in cursive, states: 
Sept 24 
Dear Sister 
dont be superised [sic] we will all stop for dinner sunday if it dont rain the folken [?] and the other two you know who
Lizzie B.

I reckon "folken" makes the most sense, as it's an actual word, which can be used as either a singular or plural term depending on the region of Scandinavian from which it hails

1. These books have been added to the Hawkeye Public Library thus far in 2021: The Children's Blizzard by Melanie Benjamin, The Mystery of Mrs. Christie by Marie Benedict, Wait for the Night Song by Julie Carrick Dalton, All the Colors of Night by Jayne Ann Krentz, and The Scorpion's Tail by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.

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