A Shepherd Boy – Taylorstown, Virginia (1925)

Mrs. Nora Stream lived in Taylorstown, a small community near the Potomac River in Loudin County of northern Virginia.

Taylorstown was first settled in the 1730’s by a Quaker family from Bucks County, PA -they built a mill on the Catoctin Creek.


In December of 1925(?), Nora received a Christmas postcard from Viola.

The postcard was mailed from Ballston, but the reverse of the postcard lists Viola’s home address in Washington, DC.

Ballston is a very old town, now a densely-populated neighborhood within Arlington, Virginia -across the River from Washington DC.

In 1925, excellent trolley and rail links connected the area to the nation’s capitol.


The face of the postcard is a charming illustration of a shepherd boy looking at the Christmas star.

Inscribed in the sky is the hopeful message, “A Peaceful Christmas to You”.

The postcard was published by the Whitney Company of Worcester, Massachusetts.

The reverse shows the Whitney trademark, “Whitney Made”.


On the reverse, Viola inscribes “a few lines” to assure Nora that “I haven’t forgotten you”.

Viola adds, Wish you all a Merry Xmas and Happy New Year.”

The message concludes with, “Love to All.”

One hopes that Viola, Nora, and all their company enjoyed a “Peaceful Christmas”.


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