“I Could Not Find Churches” – Whitehall, NY. (Circa 1910)

The wings of a swan are embossed so deeply on this postcard that the postmark is not entirely legible.

Addressed to Mrs. Herbert Baily (sic) of Glens Falls, New York, the postcard was mailed from Whitehall circa 1910.

We have noted the small city of Glens Falls in earlier postcard stories; it is located in east central New York State, not far from the border of Vermont.

Glens Falls was named for a notable waterfall on the Hudson River near the town.

Whitehall is a village 23 miles north of Glens Falls at the southern tip of Lake Champlain.

Military maneuvers in the French & Indian War, the American Revolution, and the War of 1812 were conducted in this area.

Mrs. Bailey collected postcard photographs of churches.

Georgiana S. wrote to Mrs. Bailey, perhaps a fellow member of a postcard club.

Georgiana reported, “I have looked for churches, but I could not find any…”

Instead, Georgiana mailed a lovely swan, lightly colored and intricately embossed.

The swan seems to be pulling a ribbon to which is attached a large rose.

The sturdy postcard, although not ecclesiastical in nature, seems to have pleased Mrs. Bailey as the postcard was kept in good condition for more than a century.


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