Mending a Broken Heart – Lancaster, PA (1907)

Miss Esther Martin lived at 360 East Chestnut Street in Lancaster.

(At this address is a large, handsome building, built in 1895, that now contains eight apartments.)

On February 14, 1907, Esther received a postcard valentine from Lydia, also of Lancaster.

The face of the postcard bears a bright illustration of Cupid, kneeling on blossoms (dogwood?), making repairs to a broken heart.

We don’t know if Miss Martin had suffered some painful romantic disappointment or if the sender simply loved the well-made, embossed, postcard.

(The name sounded familiar to me, and I found that I once shared another postcard to Miss Esther Martin.

In 2019, I posted a Valentine greeting to Esther in care of Martin’s Drug Store on East Chestnut Street.

I have uploaded the former postcard in the comments.)

It seems that Esther Martin may be related to the proprietor of the Drug Store; she lived at the same address as that of the commercial establishment.

One hopes that she, and Lydia, enjoyed a happy celebration of St. Valentine’s Day in 1907.

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