A Dragonfly for Jennie – Homestead, PA (1913)

Mrs. Jennie Healey lived in Homestead, a borough on the Monongahela River, southwest of Pittsburgh, PA.

This was an agricultural area until the last decades of the 19th century when the arrival of the railroad led to the building of a glass factory and an iron mill.

The iron mill became a part of the iron and steel empire of Henry Clay Frick, and Homestead was the site of the infamous Homestead Strike of 1892.


In May of 1913, Mrs. Healey was celebrating a birthday.

She received a birthday postcard from Myrtle, also of Homestead.

The face of the postcard is a colorful illustration of a young woman in a flowery hat leaping or cavorting in a Spring landscape.

The young woman may be trying to capture one of the much-larger-than-life dragonflies that swarm atop the scene.

Below the young woman is an inscription, “A Hearty Greeting”.

I cannot identify a publisher, but the postcard was printed in Germany.

On the reverse, Myrtle sends “Best wishes for a happy Birthday”.

The day that I scanned this postcard for posting here, I saw that the greeting was mailed exactly one hundred and ten years ago.

One hopes that Mrs. Healey enjoyed the postcard, that she had a wonderful birthday, and that she and Myrtle remained correspondents for many years.


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