“Landing” – Moundridge, Kansas (1907)

Gerhard Vogt lived in Moundridge, a small city in central Kansas

(Between 1874 and 1880, thousands of Russian Mennonites fled Crimea and settled in this area.

The new settlers introduced methods of dry-land farming, flour-milling, and the planting of winter wheat that they had practiced in Crimea.

Until the end of World War II, the area still had a significant German-speaking population.)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moundridge,_Kansas

In March of 1907, Gerhard received a postcard from Newton, Kansas, a city about 16 miles southeast of Moundridge.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newton,_Kansas

Unfortunately, the signature of the sender cannot be deciphered by me.

The face of the postcard is an illustration of a long-skirted gal alighting from a kayak.

She is wearing a jaunty sailing outfit that would appear ridiculous to contemporary kayakers.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kayak

Titled, “Landing”, the artwork was copyright in 1906.

One hopes that Gerhard was amused by the postcard and that he enjoyed a wonderful Spring in 1907.

On-line, one can find a Gerhardt O. Vogt, born in Kansas in 1891.

If this is “our” Gerhard Vogt, the young man would have been about 16 years old when he received the postcard.

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