Looking for News of Bernice – White Pigeon, Michigan (1908)

We met Bernice Blue in an earlier postcard story, in which an admirer sent a postcard illustration entitled, “Maiden Meditation”.

Bernice lived in White Pigeon, a village in south-central Michigan.

In November of 1908, a friend from Ambridge, PA sent a postcard to Bernice.

The hand-colored photograph was printed in Germany.

The postcard was mailed from Ambridge, a manufacturing town on the Ohio River in west- central PA.

(Ambridge was a “company town” for the American Bridge Company which named the community.)

The face of the postcard is a photograph of the Phipps Conservatory in Schenley Park, Pittsburgh.

The Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens were founded in 1893 by Henry Phipps, Jr. a successful industrialist.

Phipps gave the 14-room conservatory and the extensive gardens to the people of Pittsburgh.

Today, the gardens are an innovative center for study of ecological environmental management.

On the reverse of the postcard, the friend “wonders how you are getting along…”,

It seems that there has been little recent communication – the friend does not recall who sent the last letter.

The writer is identified by initials, “H. V. W.”.

One hopes that Bernice was pleased by the postcard and that she and her friend resumed a friendly correspondence.


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