The Stevens House – Lancaster, PA (1933)

The Stevens House was a landmark tavern, hotel, and dining establishment on the first paved roads running through the city of Lancaster, PA.

When the Lincoln Highway was constructed, the Stevens House advertised its place of prominence on this route.

I found this handsome picture of the Stevens House, mailed by “Ruth” on October 26, 1933.

The photograph was made by the prolific publisher in Lancaster, I. Steinfeldt.

(The hand-colored image was restored by the painstaking removal of errant ink stains on the face.)

The postcard is addressed to Miss Sara Good of Peach Bottom.

The postcard seems to be exchanged by members of the Lancaster Friends Meeting.

It was pleasing to see that Quakers of the 20th century retained the simplicity of their historic greetings.

In the hand-written message, Sara learns that “at monthly meeting, thee was named as one of our representatives…”.

I am ignorant of the role and responsibilities of a “representative”, and would be glad to learn more of what Miss Good was expected to do.

It seems that there was a larger, joint meeting of other local “meetings”.

In any event, one hopes that Sara was able to undertake her responsibilities to the fellowship and that she and Ruth remained friends (and Friends) and correspondents for many years.


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