A Basket of Rabbits for Norman – Spokane, Washington (1913)

Mr. Norman Kropf lived in Spokane, a city in eastern Washington, along the Spokane River and adjacent to the Selkirk Mountains.

In March of 1913, Norman received an Easter postcard from a friend in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.

Chippewa Falls, a city on the Chippewa River in northwest Wisconsin.

Considering the large numbers of persons from the upper Midwest who emigrated to the West Coast in the late 19th century and early 20th century, it is possible that Norman once lived in Wisconsin.

The face of the postcard bears an original drawing of a quartet of rabbits sitting in or beside a basket.

A lovely bough of pink blossoms adorns the background.

The legend reads, “A Loving Easter”.

The rabbits seem very contented and restful.

It is a placid, calming illustration.

On the reverse, Norman’s friend writes anonymously, “Just to say hello from a friend in Chippewa Falls”.

It would be nice to know more about Norman’s correspondent, but the postcard offers no other clues.

Norman seems to have appreciated the friendly gesture as the postcard was preserved in good condition for more than a century.


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