Alice Has Many Questions – North Paterson, NJ (1914)

The Great Falls on the Passaic River had excited interest in industrial development since the late 18th century,

Alexander Hamilton founded an engineering society to harness the poser of the falls for mils and other industrial operations.

Paterson, in northeast New Jersey,  became “the cradle of industry” for the greater New York City area.

Samuel Colt first built his firearm-manufacturing operations in Paterson.

In the 19th century, Paterson became the capital of silk fabric production in the US.,_New_Jersey

Miss Lillie Goss lived in Paterson, and appears to have been employed there – perhaps in one of the many factories of the early 20th century.

In April of 1914, Lillie received a postcard from her friend, Alice, who lived in North Paterson.

The face of the postcard is a dramatic photograph of the Great Falls of the Passaic River.

One can see industrial buildings in the beyond the falls.

The postcard was published by the Acmegraph Company of Chicago.

On the reverse, Alice poses a series of questions:

“How are you”, “how did you make out”, “how is all the folks”.

It seems that Lillie had been away, as Alice continues, “When did you get back”.

We know Lillie is working as Alice then asks, “How is the work”, and “Is it any better”.

Alice concludes by announcing plans for a visit.

One hopes that the friends were able to meet, and that Alice could satisfy her curiosity about all the events in Lillie’s life.


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