A Pumpkin Cart for Irene – Cleona, PA (1907)

Miss Irene Heilman lived in Cleona, a pleasant borough of Lebanon County in south-east Pennsylvania.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleona,_Pennsylvania

In November of 1907, Irene received a Thanksgiving postcard from her Aunt Nina.

The postcard was mailed from Harrisburg, the capital city on the banks of the Susquehanna River.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harrisburg,_Pennsylvania

The face of the postcard is an unusual drawing of a turkey pulling a low cart on which rests a large pumpkin.

Atop the pumpkin, a young woman is seated; she is attired like a cook.

The young woman wields an over-size knife and fork, suggesting the Thanksgiving feast to come.

In the distance is a rural home, above which is the legend, “Thanksgiving Day”.

The postcard was published by Raphael Tuck & Sons, Art publishers of England.

The postcard was printed in Saxony.

On the reverse, Aunt Nina inscribes only her name.

One hopes that Irene and her Aunt Nina enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving in 1907.

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