A Merry Xmas to all of my readers, on this the sixth day of the Minor Postcard Advent Calendar. Today’s card is a REAL PHOTOGRAPH, on bromide paper by the Rotographic Company, New York City, copyright 1906. On the back, thirteen year old Helen Stephenson Minor wrote her four year old brother, Donald Corbley:
How are you and Billy getting along by this time? Are you coming with Papa when he comes up after me? Have you been sliding down the hill any this winter? I expect it runs pretty nice doesn’t it? Bye Bye. ~Helen
Helen attended a boarding school, near the town of Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, I believe. In this note she asks Donald about his pony, Billy, and inquires into the farm’s sledding. It must have been a white Christmas season for her to anticipate a nice run down the hill.
Like Helen, I LOVE this photocard! The tiny tree looks as if someone topped a cedar or hemlock and decorated it with hand-made paper chains and stars. The candles appear to have been painted on after the photograph was developed! And I adore the kitten, all snug in its crocheted sweater. “What ARE you,” she asks the toy horse. This wheeled toy is represented in many of my cards and must have been a favorite gift of the era. The basket hung on the tree holds another popular gift: a trumpet-like instrument. But take a look at that doll! What a face! At first glance I thought this was a skeleton wrapped up in fancy attire. I don’t know what to make of it. Do you?