Finding Old Friends at Christmas – Pendleton, Indiana (1907)

Miss Mary Hallowell lived in Pendleton, a town in central Indiana.

On December 23, 1907, Mary received a Christmas postcard from her old friend, A. J. M.

A. J. M. wrote from Paoli, a town in southern Indiana that had been an important Quaker “station” on the Underground Railroad.

The face of the postcard is adorned with original art, copyrighted in 1907 by G. Harlow.

A drawing of a rural, wooded scene is done in black ink.

Below, a bunch of holly berries with leaves is rendered in red and green.

The words, “Merry Christmas” complete the spare design.

(This postcard anticipates the great change in postcard design that occurred during World War I.)

On the reverse, the sender expresses dismay at the lack of communication from Miss Hallowell.

The writer asks, “What has become of you?  I haven’t heard from you for ages.”

Despite the neglect of Mary, the writer concludes with “Love and best wishes for a very happy Xmas.”

One hopes that Miss Hallowell and her friend did enjoy a wonderful Christmas and that Mary improved her habits of correspondence in 1908.


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