“Blue, Windy, Sunday” – April (1907)

Odessa Mendenhall lived in Berkeley Springs, the resort community in northern West Virginia.


On a Sunday in early April, she was given a postcard from Frank.

It appears that Frank lived in Smithfield, a town in West Virginia at the base of the long and narrow extension of the state that separates Ohio and Pennsylvania.

(Smithfield has only about a hundred residents today; it was seven times as large in 1910.)


The face of the postcard bears an original painting of two woman beside a River.

Entitled, “Hailing the Ferryman”, the painting depicts a familiar scene of the early 20th century.

The work is by the English painter, Daniel Ridgeway Knight; the original is in the collection of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

This postcard rendering was published by the Rose Company of Philadelphia.


The application of glittery accents is an unfortunate detraction from the charm of the illustration.

The postcard was printed circa 1905 and has no place on the reverse to inscribe a message.

Thus, Frank writes a few words on the margin of the face.

After the date of April 7, 1907, Frank writes, “Blue, windy, Sunday”

The postcard was not mailed; the one-cent stamp has not been cancelled.

Perhaps Frank presented the postcard in person, or arranged for an intermediary to deliver it to Odessa – Berkeley Springs is 160 miles east of Smithfield.

We do not have any more information about the relationship of Frank and Odessa.

One hopes that they remained friends and correspondents for many years.


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