The Souvenir Stein – Three Rivers, Michigan (1911)

Three Rivers is a small city in southern Michigan; the settlement grew up where the Portage River and the Rocky River flow into the St. Joseph River on the way to Lake Michigan.,_Michigan

In August of 1911, Barbara sent a postcard from Three Rivers to her friend in Grand Rapids – the city 70 miles to the north.

Hattie Dale lived in Grand Rapids and had sent a card to Barbara.

Barbara responded to Hattie by sending this illustration of a souvenir stein.

The postcard art was copyrighted by the Fabric Art Company of New York in 1908.

On the reverse, Barbara thanks Hattie for her card, reports that the card “found us all well”, and hopes that “all of you” are well, too.

A postscript written above the message invites Hattie to “come up soon”.

One hopes that Hattie was pleased by the postcard and that the friends were able to visit during 1911.

(I made digital repairs to the face of this postcard – it was marred by extensive discoloration and some small tears.)


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