I don’t think anyone uses postcards anymore, surely not penny postcards, but here are two old ones . The card on the left is from about 1907. I think it is very early for the car pictured. My readers in Millerton (there are a few) may be able to identify the house in the background.

The picture on the right is the Blacksmith Shop which has on the back “South Millbrook was originally part of the settlement called ‘Washington Four Corners,’ established by the Quakers about 1750. The Blacksmith Shop was built here in 1762 and served the needs of the community in its original capacity until early in this century. (seller’s note: 20th century) With hewn timbers darkened through two hundred years, the Blacksmith Shop is presently a restaurant of rare 18th Century charm, furnished in Early American antiques and serving an old New England Bill of Fare, lunch and dinner.”

In the interest of accuracy the building is now a private residence and hasn’t been a restaurant for 40 years but it is still there and a part of local history, forgotten by most.

One thought on “Bring Back Postcards

  1. Non-ancient readers might not understand the significance of postal cards. Post cards were commercially manufactured, as illustrated in this article. Postal cards are made and sold by the U.S. Postal Service, a/k/a the post office. A postal or post card mails for 34 cents, vs. a first class letter for 49 cents. But back when I was a lad a post card was a penny, vs. 3 cents for a letter. Post or postal cards could have messages printed in bulk. For businesses, this ratio of 1:3 made the post card important for advertising and routine mail. The ratio now is….well, another thing that has changed in my lifetime is I forgot how to reduce ratios to decimals.


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