With magnifying glass in hand I peered intently at the pond’s surface and made out the neat cursive script: Ellen H. Clapsaddle. This is a CLAPSADDLE CARD!
Born in 1866 New York, Ellen Clapsaddle was trained as an artist and was one of the few women who actually found a commercial outlet for her talent. Hired by the Wolf Brothers, a subsidiary of International Art Publishing Company, Ms. Clapsaddle was a prolific postcard artist, with over 3000 designs patented in her name. And my seven year old grandfather, Donald C. Minor, was a lucky little boy to receive this gorgeous Christmas greeting on December 24, 1909.