The Pilgrim and the Wily Turkey – Milwaukee, Wisconsin (1914)

Dorothy Drefahl lived in Milwaukee, a bustling industrial and commercial city – and a melting pot of European immigrants.

In November of 1914, Dorothy received a Thanksgiving postcard from Walter Kloth.

The stamp, and most of the postmark, has been separated from the postcard.

Nevertheless, I believe that the postcard was mailed from Milwaukee or a train station serving Milwaukee in southeast Wisconsin.

The face of the postcard bears a whimsical drawing of a wild turkey and a man in the garb of the pilgrims circling a tree.

The artistic depiction of the stand-off is enclosed in a gilt frame, which is partially surrounded by lovely flowers.

An inscription proclaims, “THANKSGIVING GREETING”.

The postcard art was copyrighted in 1910 by J. J. Marks of New York, a prolific postcard publisher.

This scene is from the “Thanksgiving Series”.

On the reverse, Walter writes only his name, so we do not learn anything about his relationship to Dorothy.

Dorothy preserved the postcard in good condition throughout her life.

One hopes that she and Walter enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving in 1914.


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