Hunter Can Read the Primer – circa 1910

I believe that this postcard was exchanged between youngsters.

Miss Esther Coffman lived in Edinburg, a town in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.,_Virginia

Today in Edinburg, several farms, homes, stores, and a mill are preserved as historic sites.

Sometime around 1910, Esther was given a postcard from Hunter.

The postcard was not mailed, but the face contains an illegible place name (in glitter) in West Virginia.

This may be Salem, a city in northern West Virginia, not far from the border of Pennsylvania.,_West_Virginia

it is about 160 miles from Edinburg, VA to Salem, West Virginia.

The face displays an attractive bouquet of flowers – unfortunately ornamented with glitter.

On the reverse, Hunter asks, “Esther, do you go to school”.

Hunter expects to go “next year”.

Hunter is well-prepared; he reports, “I can read most all the lessons in the Primer”.

The postcard message is signed, “Your friend, Hunter”.

If this is a preschool child, Hunter may have had help with the composition of the postcard.

One hopes that Esther and Hunter were successful in their schools and that they remained friends and correspondents for many years.


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