“Dear Hattie; Are you still living?” – Wilmington, Delaware (1909)

Louise lived in Wilmington, Delaware and had not heard from Hattie Adair for some time.

Hattie lived in Chester Springs, a community in Chester County, Pennsylvania – about 26 miles north of Wilmington.

In November of 1909, Louise mailed a postcard greeting to Harriet, expressing her surprise and exasperation.

Beginning, “Dear Harriet; Are you still living”, Louise adds, “what on earth has become of you?”

Louise asks, “Why don’t you write once in a while?”

Despite Harriet’s disappointing silence, Louise shares news that might not have reached Chester Springs.

Aunt Irene has had a little baby girl, and Jane Stanton is suffering a life-threatening illness.

It is possible that Harriet is taking care of her father; Louise inquires about his condition.

Despite her frustration, Louise concludes with a loving farewell.

The postcard, mailed from Wilmington, portrays a young couple in front of a house.  The sentimental legend suggests that a simple cottage is room enough for a loving couple.

“Room is in the smallest cottage for a happy, loving, pair.”

One hopes that Harriet responds promptly to Louise, that father is well, that the baby girl of Aunt Irene is thriving, and that Jane Stanton is relieved of her suffering.


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