A Hatchling for Miss Emily – Center, Missouri (1909)

Miss Emily Neff lived in Newberry, once the city of “Newberrytown”, now Newberry Township in York County, Pennsylvania.

This area of York County is located along the west bank of the Susquehanna River and was an early Quaker settlement of the mid-18th century.


In April of 1909, Emily received a postcard in celebration of Easter.

The postcard was mailed from Center – a small city, near Hannibal, in northeast Missouri.

The city of Center lies near the west bank of the Mississippi River.


The face of the postcard is a charming drawing of a newly-hatched chick on a gilt background.

The broken eggshell stands amid Spring flowers; overhead, a bee hovers.

I cannot find an indication of the artist or the publisher.

The postcard was printed in Germany.

On the reverse, the writer indicates that the colorful offering is sent with “best wishes from little Harvey Duff and May Belle Shepherd.

It may be that young Harvey and Maybelle are a niece and nephew -or some other relative- of Miss Emily.

One hopes that the correspondents, adults and children, enjoyed a wonderful Easter in 1909.


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