A Beautiful, Starry Night – Lakehurst, NJ (1914)

Miss Celesly Webb (Sally) lived in Baltimore, Maryland.

(The name may be an erroneous spelling of “Cecily”.)

Soon after the arrival of the New Year in 1914, Miss Webb received a postcard from her friend, Mary Carr.

Mary mailed the postcard from Lakehurst, a borough in Ocean County of east-central New Jersey.

Lakehurst, near the Atlantic coast, was a winter resort in the early 20th century.


The town would become the site of the famous Hindenburg disaster in 1937.


It seems that Mary is visiting Lakehurst, as she writes, “I am spending Sunday down here in Lakehurst.”

The face of the postcard is a lovely, sepia-toned photograph of a woodland path.

Entitled, “A Pretty Spot in the Woods”, the photograph purports to be a view near Lakehurst.

The postcard was “Made in Germany” and published by Priest’s Pharmacy in Lakehurst.

On the reverse, Mary begins her message by thanking Sallie for “your Xmas card with the nice… poem on it”.

Mary may be writing in the evening as she reports, “After a day of rain and snow, we have a beautiful starry, windy, night.”

One hopes that Mary continued to enjoy her visit to Lakehurst, that Sallie was thrilled to receive the pretty postcard, and that the friends remained correspondents for many years.


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