“Sweet Peas and German Flock” – Los Angeles, CA (1913)

Mr. and Mrs. O. A. Collins lived in Belmont, a village on the Genesee River in southwest New York State.

In 1910, the village was served by the Western New York and Pennsylvania Railroads, and was 40 percent larger than it is today.


In September of 1913, The Collins family received a postcard greeting from I. R. Harris in Los Angles.

The face of the postcard is a charming photograph of a flowery hedge along an unpaved path.

The blossoms are identified as “Sweet Peas and German Flock”.

I can discover very little about the plant called “German flock”; I located a single internet reference to the plant in a description of plants found in meadows and marshes.

Other readers suggested that this is a phonetic identification of “phlox”.

The postcard was published by the Benham Company of Los Angeles.

The printing was done in California by the “Neuner Calitype Process”.

The printing company has a logo in the form of a swastika -which was an innocuous symbol of good luck before the rise of the terrible Third Reich.

The same photograph was printed in similar postcards – with the addition of “Redondo Beach, California” to the legend.

On the reverse, the sender inscribes only his name and address.

One hopes that Mr. and Mrs. Collins were glad to hear from I. R. Harris and that the correspondents remained friends for many years.


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