“Women’s World” for Goldie – Raymilton, PA (1908)

Goldie Dunlap lived in Raymilton, a populated place in northwest Pennsylvania.

This small community lies at a high altitude, north of Pittsburgh and south of Erie.

The Post Office in Raymilton was closed in 1935.


In September of 1908, Goldie received a postcard from George H. Currier, the publisher of “Women’s World”.

“Women’s World” was published in Chicago, and the renewal offer was mailed from that city.

(Note:  This is not the supermarket magazine by the same name, now sold in grocery stores.)

Goldie’s subscription to the magazine had expired, and the cost of renewing for one year was 25 cents.

If Goldie renewed promptly, she would be given a large print of the landscape painting pictured on the postcard.

The painting was made by C. S. Braydon, “the famous landscape artist”.

(An on-line search shows additional advertisements featuring the artist, but I can not find biographical information about C. S. Braydon.)

The gift would be printed in 10 colors- that amount of “over-printing” would have produced a richly-colored picture.

In the early 20th century, magazines were enormously important in shaping cultural attitudes and expectations.

If you lived, as Goldie did, in a very small and isolated community, the magazine connected you to ideas, people, and products that you might otherwise not have encountered.

We don’t know if Goldie renewed her subscription and if she received the handsome print as a gift.

That this bit of commercial correspondence survived for more than a century suggests that Goldie may have valued her magazine subscriptions.


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