A Dutch Scene for Baby Dalzell – Lancaster, PA (1906)

Master Dalzell Hartman was less than two years old when he received a postcard at his home on North Duke Street in Lancaster.

The postcard was sent by Dorothy from East Berlin, PA (although there is a confusing, additional postmark from Hanover, PA).

“Mill on the Scheldt” was copyrighted in 1904 by Edward Stern & Company; the painting shows a windmill beside the placid, winding, river.

The Scheldt arises in northern France, passes through Belgium (Ghent is on the Scheldt), and empties into the North Sea in southern Holland.

Although relatively shallow, the Scheldt has been an important corridor of shipped goods since the times of the Roman Empire.

Having an unusual name is a boon to researchers; one can find the milestones of Dalzell’s life through on-line research.

“When Dalzell Fahnestock Hartman was born on 20 April 1905, in Lancaster, Lancaster (County) Pennsylvania, United States, his father, Isaac Carpenter H Hartman, was 42 and his mother, Sarah Blanch Fahnestock, was 36.”

He married Margaret Edna Shertz on 12 February 1931. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter.

Dalzell died on 2 May 1996, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, at the age of 91, and was buried in Lancaster.

(His father was married twice, first wife died in 1900.)

Dalzell had two older, half-siblings.

Dalzell kept the postcard throughout his long life – which spanned most of the twentieth century.


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