“We Are Coming Over Some Day” – Globe Mills, PA (1908)

Miss Maudie Swartzlander lived in Globe Mills, a center of flour manufacturing in Snyder County of central Pennsylvania.

(A grist mill for grinding local grain had existed on the Middle Creek since the last quarter of the 18th century.

In 1885, a four-story mill was erected on the site.  The imposing building, made of brick on a stone foundation, still stands although it has been abandoned for several decades.)


On January 23, 1908, Maudie received a Birthday postcard from Bertha.

Bertha lived in Sunbury, the small city on the east bank of the Susquehanna River in Northumberland County.

The postcard from Bertha featured a drawing of small birds nesting in a large basket of flowers.

The legend proclaims, “May all your days be happy days”.

Published by Raphael Tuck & Sons, an English firm, the postcard was printed in Germany.

On the reverse, Bertha promises that “we are coming over some day if John gets in in the morning”.

We do not know what duties John performed on an irregular schedule that required him to “get in” each day.

Globe Mills is about 22 miles southwest of Sunbury, across the Susquehanna River.

One hopes that Maudie enjoyed a splendid birthday in January of 1908, and that Bertha and John were able to visit her in Globe Mills.


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