No Place Like Home – Williamsburg, PA (1906)

Mr. Charles A. Dedrick lived in Williamsburg, a borough in Blair County of central Pennsylvania.

In the 19th century, this community on the Juniata River was a transport station on the Pennsylvania Canal; in the early 20th century, it was served by the Pennsylvania Railroad.,_Pennsylvania

Mr. Dedrick had a friend, M. C. H., who lived in lived in Trenton, the capital of New Jersey – about 230 miles to the east.,_New_Jersey

On August 4, 1906, the friend in Trenton sent a postcard greeting to Charles.

The face of the postcard is an illustration of two “Sunbonnet” figures performing household tasks –  spinning and sewing at a table.

The drawing was copyright in 1905 by the Ullman Manufacturing Company of New York, a prolific publisher of postcards.

Beneath the table. a song lyric is printed:

“Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home”.

In the margin of the illustration, the sender writes, “Do you believe it?”.

We don’t know why the question was asked – whether Charles had an unhappy home life, or the writer was hoping to convince Charles to move to Trenton, or if the writer could not think of any message to inscribe.

Considering how many young men were “on the move’ in the early 20th century, it is possible that Charles had contemplated setting out in search of opportunity or adventure.

One hopes that the correspondents remained friends and that they found and enjoyed happy homes.


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