A Cupid of Congratulations – Battle Creek, Michigan (1910)

Miss Clara Greer lived in Battle Creek, the city in south-central Michigan that had been a center of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church and then the birthplace of wellness and health resorts that led to the invention of cornflakes and other breakfast cereals.

In July of 1910, Clara received a postcard from Grace who wrote from London, Ontario.

London is a sizable city in southwest Ontario, not far from Lake Erie and the US border. 

The postcard greeting bears a drawing of a large Cupid seated beneath leafy branches from which blossoms are falling.  The work is entitled, “In Cupid’s Bower”.

The painting, published by Raphael Tuck & Sons, was copyright in 1908.

The postcard is printed in the “Oilette” style which resembles an oil painting.

On the reverse, Grace sends “heartiest Congratulations”, and thanks Clara for the congratulations she received from her.

We do not know the reason for the mutual congratulation – it may be that they have recently completed academic studies, become engaged, or otherwise passed some milestone in their lives.

One hopes that the two remained friends and correspondents for many years.


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