Lilah Sends Love to Norman – Muncy, PA (1909)

Mr. Norman Maust lived in Jerseytown, a census-designated place of farmland and forest in northeast Pennsylvania.

The college town of Bloomsburg is about ten miles southeast of Jerseytown.,_Pennsylvania

In March of 1909, Norman received a lovely postcard, deeply-embossed and weighted, from Lilah.

Lilah mailed the postcard from Muncy, a borough in Lycoming County of north-central Pennsylvania.

Muncy is about 15 miles northwest of Jerseytown.

Muncy was established on the West Branch of the Susquehanna River and was once a prosperous center of the lumber industry.,_Pennsylvania

(Muncy was also the site of one of the ugliest anti-abolitionist incidents in Pennsylvania history.

In 1842, a local Quaker, Enos Hawley, invited an abolitionist advocate to speak at the local school house.  A mob attacked the schoolhouse and a riot ensued.

A social and political firestorm resulted, with significant consequences in Pennsylvania.

The face of the postcard is a lovely arrangement of roses, reddish-purple in color.

Embossed letters read, “Love To”, and Lilah has written the name, “Norman”.

On the reverse, Lilah thanks Norman for his card and tells him that she “was very glad to hear from you.”

Lilah apologizes that she does not have a photograph to send to Norman, but promises that she will “have them taken and send you one.”

It seems that Norman has shared his photograph with Lilah, and she found it “the very picture of you.”

One hopes that Lilah had a photograph taken, that Norman was pleased with the picture, and that the two remained friends and correspondents for many years.


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