(A while back I accidentally posted part of this while I was composing it. If you use a feed reader, you would have seen it. Here it is completed, and with more material added.)
|The Lost Postcard|
Many years ago at a large book-fair in Illinois, I purchased a book. which I later found had this postcard stuck between the pages. It has been there well over 40 years now in my possession. I decided to post it. It was a popular practice for people and celebrities to put a photograph on a postcard, so they could give them out or mail them to friends. This card was never used, but ended up a bookmark.
There are several interesting things about this photograph. The book, on the top shelf of the desk on the left of the picture with a distinctive design on the outside cover, was one I purchased (!), but not the one with the photograph inside! It is "The Complete Works of Edgar Allen Poe" printed sometime in the 1880's with no copyright. The book with the postcard was "True Stories from History" by de Normande. The book was a special collectors edition with a special cover design only printed in 1890. There was a "period" bookplate inside the front cover declaring the book's owner to be J. E. Patten. This is not necessarily relevant. Maybe the photo does not go with the book!
Using a higher resolution photograph scan than shown here, I focused on the calendar on the wall on the left. It reads Monday, March 4, but no year is showing. Using a "perpetual" calendar, the two most likely years with the fourth falling on Monday were 1889 and 1895. If the year were 1889, perhaps the photo was put into the newer 1890 edition a year after it was snapped. This is a possibility.
From a better resolution photo, I can see the male is reading a letter with a photograph enclosed. Additionally, the female on the left side of the card is wearing a wedding ring. There are some very worn books on the desktop. Those are my thoughts on the postcard. I would be surprised to ever see another one!
I almost forgot to mention the small figure below the calendar sitting on the small dresser(?). My best guess is that it is Darth Vader from Star Wars, holding a set of modern automobile keys! Doctor Who or Mr. Spock would have some thoughts about this incongruity! Then again, maybe I am mistaken? It may be a sculpture of Native Americans. Any more thoughts are welcome. I wonder who they were?
Celebrity Postcard Example: Queen Alexandrina
|Queen Alexandrina (Alexandra) 1844 - 1925)|