Showing posts with label postcards. Show all posts
Showing posts with label postcards. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

What's in your attic?

My husband and I spent last summer getting organized. Top of the list was to clean out the attic.

While pulling down various items, we discovered an old family steamer. My husband insisted there was nothing of value inside the chest.

When I opened the lid ... genealogy gold! Inside were letters, husband's baby book and tons of postcards. Jackpot!

The postcards were sent to my mother-in-law from her father, Francis A. Starr. Most of Rachel's early years he was a traveling salesman.

Sometimes her mother, Mary Ann, accompanied him on these trips. Rachel was left in the care of a family friend. The postcards allow us to track some of her parent's movements.

This postcard was sent from Crotherville to Terre Haute Indiana. On Google Maps we find Crotherville 147 miles southeast of Terre Haute.

Searching online for Rider Packing Company in Crotherville, Indiana, we find a few items of interest. A recent eBay auction for a similar postcard, sold for $31.00. Also, in 1916 there was a legal case brought against the company.


January of 1914
Francis has traveled to Des Moines, Iowa
Miss Rachel Starr is seven months old
home in the care of her mother




September of 1914
Francis and Mary Ann travel to Springfield, Illinois.
Miss Rachel E. Starr is fourteen months of age
in the care of a family friend


How fun to get a little glimpse into Rachel's early life. These are not just bits of paper, but important family history.

What is in your attic? Do you have a story waiting to be told?

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Cast up by the Sea

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Last year I wrote a post called Amanuensis Monday - 1909 Postcard : Long Beach, California. There I shared the story of our "genealogy angel" Steve sending photographs, letters, and postcards. This card was just one of the many items he graciously donated to our family archives.

Recently organizing various papers the postcard again came to light. That is when I decided to search online to discover possible information about the card.

After some research I found several sites with details about James J. Taylor, the artist, and his sculptures.

Cliff House Project : Sand Sculptures, 1911

Ocean Beach Sand Sculpture : Sand Artistry, 1909

Sure makes our sandcastles look slightly lame!