A road winding through the hilly farms of 1910 Greene County, Pennsylvania was likely to be pitted and ice pocked in late February. Nevertheless, birthdays, particularly of beloved grandpas, required festive acknowledgements. The Ruse family decided to let the mail do the travelling for Christopher's seventy-third birthday, and, via USPS, invited young and old to … Continue reading A Raise in the South: Vintage Postcards
My grandfather's postcard collection dates from 1906-1910, a wonderful glimpse into the life of small, turn-of-the-century boy. But Donald C. Minor's cards also offer the simple pleasure of Christmas artwork, which I never tire of admiring. Two red-breasted songsters perch on a sprig of holly, which is decorated with a sprig of mistletoe and a … Continue reading (Almost) Wordless Wednesday: Christmas Cards 1910
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This is the way we iron our clothes Iron our clothes, iron our clothes. This is the way we iron our clothes, So early Tuesday morning. This postcard was found among my grandfather's collection and is hand postmarked 1907. Five year old Donald C. Minor received this note from his teenage cousin, Flossie McClure. The … Continue reading Wordless Wednesday: Sunbonnet Babies
One hundred and one years ago my grandfather, Donald C. Minor, gazed upon this Black-Capped Chickadee. The four-leaf clovers may have sent him scampering to the window, frustrated by the snow or hard frost that separated him from his own patch of good luck. January 1, 1911 in southwestern Pennsylvania would have been gray, damp and … Continue reading If I Could Send You a Happy New Year Card, It Would Be. . .