Postmarked 1911 this Antique RPPC (Real Photo Post Card) depicts a mustached gentleman either walking sentry duty or about to enter the club tent. I am not absolutely sure that it isn't a spoof on the real club that was started in the early 1900's for descendants of the indigenous women of the North American Continent, or if it is a very early Pocohontas Rod & Gun Club meeting tent. The card would have been sent from Lock Haven, PA by Lulu's father, to her Husband Clarence and she, out in Illinois where they lived for a few years.
On the back is written:
Dear Clair & Lue,
Got home Wend Eve 9 – 30 left Uncle Nutin very bad don't expect to see him here very long they all think the same will write you in a few days
Please do excuse the lack of punctuation above but this is how it was written.
Postmarked Lock Haven, PA. May 18 5 PM 1911. The year date is partially on the stamp and does blend in a bit with the outer edge, I have lightened one photo of the back and turned it upside down so you can see the postmark better. This card was scanned, and it made it appear a little darker than it is on the back.
Do note the One Cent Stamp was fixed upside down on the card. I was told this was by design as it meant that sad news was included. However in researching this fact, I found that the meanings of stamp placement (which was a secret way to convey emotions during Victorian times) had been revised several times and could be different in different countries, or different regions here in the states. So either he was telling them there was sad news contained in the “Club” post card, or he was telling his daughter he loved her. Either would be quite appropriate for Father to send Lue on this card.
Condition is quite good with with some slight rounding of corners and one small crease that does not quite go all the way through to the back on the right side front. The crease is angled and 6/8” long. It is in the white part of the card. Apparently if the photo didn't fit the card stock there wasn't any way for them to size it. This isn't the first old post card I have seen with blank space on the picture side. Also, two very light and thin scratches seen on the photo were in the original negative, they do not show as a mark when the card is examined under light. Otherwise the photo is in excellent shape, some darker marks are on the back, however this is from age.
Yes, this is a bit of Family history, however we are not able to keep everything and keep it well and preserved. Many things have been passed on to family, however a few that may be of interest to others will appear here in my shop, as well as many other kinds of collectibles.
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