Rose Marie Sends a Christmas Cat – Philadelphia, PA (1908)

Master D. W. Ranck lived on North 13th Street in Philadelphia.

In the early 20th century, this was an area of brick row houses and small industry near Nicetown in north Philadelphia.

It does not appear that any structure is standing on this site today.

In December of 1908, the boy received a Christmas postcard from Rose Marie.

The postcard was mailed in Philadelphia, so Rose Marie may have been a nearby friend or family member.

The face of the postcard is a cute illustration of a cat wearing a bow-tie.

The cat is staring upwards, perhaps at the bunch of holly berries that adorn the frame of the illustration.

Beneath the precious pet is the legend, “Wishing you a Merry Christmas”.

The postcard was printed in the US as a part of the “XMAS CATS” Series.

On the reverse, Rose Marie writes, “Merry Xmas 1908”.

It appears that the young D. W. was fond of the cat as the postcard was preserved in very good condition for well over a century.

One hopes that the child, and Rose Marie, and all their loved ones, enjoyed a splendid Christmas.


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