This real photo postcard shows people surveying a collapsed barn after a storm. There are three men in the foreground standing and surveying the damage while two wagons filled with other spectators gaze on, too. One of the wagons is pulled by a white horse. Three or four little black boys peer over the wagon wheels alongside the wreckage of he barn. The barn is in shambles and is likely a great loss to the farmer. The card has never been posted and the back of the card is clean and free of writing with the exception a pencil written name, Verne, lightly scripted where the postage stamp would go. It is appealing to try to conjure a story about the picture....Is Verne one of the men in the foreground? Is Verne the owner of the barn?
Real photo postcards were a popular way to memorialize possessions, occasions or family members in the early 20th century. Often they were not mailed but rather kept by the person or persons who had the picture taken. Disasters were common subjects for these postcards.