Postal Cards

[Postal Card]

History

These early postcards don't have pictures, and they have the postage printed on the cards. I have quite a growing bunch of these cards, though I have not found them easy to locate.

The Images

All cards are available with both front and back scans, and comments about what is written on the front or back, either by the user or by the publisher, are included below.

Postal Card
front "Postal Card" Eagle with "United States of America" on the left, and a portrait of McKinley on the right that served as the one-cent postage. It did have his birth and death dates underneath the portrait (1843-1901), so this card was made in 1901 at the earliest. Addressed to Sarah M. Wakeman. Postmarked Apr 17, 1903 9:30am in Bridgeport CT, and Apr 17, 1903 5pm in South Hadley.
back Undivided back. "Thurs eve. 9:00 Dear S. I wonder how you are feeling now & if you made all the connections all right. Hope your trunk came today. I can hardly realize you are back again. I did have such a nice visit with you. Maggie has finished at the other place & came here to-day to work at the rate of .50 cts a day till we get a girl. Grandma had written to Ina that her girl was going was the reason that Ina told you of it. This A. M. I had a letter from Mrs. Horace Banks saying that she let her girl go to Westport yesterday as she knew of a girl there & she will come to Fairfield, & Sat we meet her about 12:00 as she leaves Fri. She wrote she took her girl to the trolley & wrote the letter in the carriage so I could get it sooner. I wrote in answer that we would be glad of the girl & thanked her. Don't you think she was nice to take all that trouble? I hope the girl will come home & we shall like her. They went to the Wedding & enjoyed it so much. I have just made bread as Maggie goes home at 6:00. T."

Postal Card
front "Postal Card" Eagle with "United States of America" on the left, and a portrait of McKinley on the right that served as the one-cent postage. It did have his birth and death dates underneath the portrait (1843-1901), so this card was made in 1901 at the earliest. Addressed to Sarah M. Wakeman. Postmarked Oct 21, 1903 7pm in Bridgeport, CT. Transit mark Oct 22, 1903 9am in South Hadley.
back Undivided back. "Wed 12:00 Dear Sadie, Your postal rec'd this A.M. also your letter when I came home. I had such a lovely visit with your mother. I came house [sic] Tues. at 1:00 & went down town at 2:30 with Mae & didn't get home till 5:30 Miss Dennis kept us waiting so long. I wrote to Mrs. Ramsey this A.M. so you neendn't [sic] have to bother with it. I don't exactly know how long they will stay, till Wed. anyway, perhaps Thurs. I heard them say that they would go to Amherst for the trolly [sic] ride when you couldn't entertain them. I don't think of any thing else. No, Mrs. Z. hasn't or didn't telephone to me. I was surprised to hear she went. It was so nice for Edith. I think they will manage together nicely. I told Mrs. R. they wanted a lunch. Mae is so hurried with work she was going to write but didn't. Tony is read. Tillie. Eleanor has a cold but expects to go see you just the same."

Postal Card
front "Postal Card" Eagle with "United States of America" on the left, and a portrait of McKinley on the right that served as the one-cent postage. It did have his birth and death dates underneath the portrait (1843-1901), so this card was made in 1901 at the earliest. Addressed to Sarah M. Wakeman. Postmarked Dec 2, 1903 10am in Bridgeport, CT. Transit marks Dec 2, 1903 2pm in Holyoke MA, and Dec 2, 1903 5pm in South Hadley.
back Undivided back. "Wed A. M. 7:45 Dear Sadie, Your lovely long letter rec'd Mon. P. M. I didn't expect to hear again as I had our postal Sun. I am so glad you got up to college so nicely & didn't have to wait so long & get so tired. Yesterday A. M. I went to the dentists & had 4 teeth filled. That was all I have to go for a while. I though[t] of you going in P. M. I have been writing so much & have over 20 bills ready to send this A. M. Don't try to send the handkerchief back till you come at Xmas as I have plenty. Don't take time to. I think that young man was very kind to offer to take the suit-case. Was it the same one that offered in Bridgeport? It was unusual to have 2 offers so near together!! Mama is glad you are enjoying the cake. No, I didn't have any flowers that I could give the girls that day. I am glad you answered Dr. Ganes letter. I am glad you like your waists. I found a 40 in a wh. with a black stripe in it almost like the colr. one of your[s] only made plainer but I bought it. It ravels out like your brown one so you better look out for your[s]. It is snowing this A. M. the ground is most wh. Please don't try to write me too much. I hope you[r] cold is all gone. With love T. B."

Postal Card
front "Postal Card" Eagle with "United States of America" on the left, and a portrait of McKinley on the right that served as the one-cent postage. It did have his birth and death dates underneath the portrait (1843-1901), so this card was made in 1901 at the earliest. Addressed to Sarah M. Wakeman. Postmarked Dec 5, 1903 8am in Bridgeport, CT. Transit marks Dec 5, 1903 2pm in Holyoke MA, and Dec 5, 1903 5pm in South Hadley.
back Undivided back. "Dec. 4, Fri eve. Dear Sadie, I hope your cold is better by now, I have had some since Wed. in my nose. This P. M. I went down town with Tony for Papa. it was so slippery I was afraid to drive. Mae & Eleanor have been talking on the telephone. The snow is melting & I am so glad. Hope your work isn't crowding you too much. I have been making out bills. Canfield was up last eve. for a call. Mama & Mae have been down town to get some winter things. Nothing exciting going on to write about. "Rabbie's" knee is almost well. He asked if you had a nice visit home & got back to College safely. I told him I thought you did. You will be home again in less than 3 wks! Don't write only a postal on Sun. How are your teeth. With love T. B."

Advertising Card
front A sales pitch for "A Calendar of College Activities (1948-49 Edition)"
back Postmarked Jun 23, 1948 7:30pm in Los Angeles. Addressed to Miss Elizabeth Green, Press Bureau, Mount Holyoke College.

Advertising Card
front A sales pitch for "A Calendar of College Activities (1948-49 Edition)"
back Postmarked May 18, 1948 8:30pm in Los Angeles. Addressed to Miss Elizabeth Green, Press Bureau, Mount Holyoke College.

Postal Card
front A United States Postal Card. Postmarked Feb 12, 1886 in South Hadley, and Feb 13, 1886 9am in South Manchester, CT.
back "I was greatly delighted to hear day before yesterday & should tell you so in a letter but for my hurry. Did I tell you that I decided to remain here another week? Tomorrow afternoon will find me with my mother I sincerely hope, and there is enough to do before I go Do not send my little book anywhere unless it is in your way. I do not wish for it before I see you if at all. Love, F. M. H. I shall wish very much to hear again. A new pen - please excuse."

Postal Card
front A Postal Card. Postmarked Feb 15, 1910 10am in South Hadley. Addressed to Miss J. E. Ward. Inscription continued from the back.
back Undivided back. "S. Hadley, Mass. Feb. 14. '10. Miss N. went peacefully away about 10 last eve. There had been apparently little change for a long time - nearly, or quite two weeks - but yest. she failed rapidly & Dr. said she would not probably live through the night. Geo. N. sent directions & made all arrangements by telephone this morn. Funeral services on Wed. (at 2, I think.) burial in Randolph, VT. Geo. will be here then, no doubt, & go on to R. The body was taken down to Holyoke undertaker's rooms this p.m. arrayed in dress we selected this noon, in accordance with G's request. When he comes, we shall know, I suppose, who is to oversee the packing & disposal of all her belongings. I do hope her niece Nellie can come down from Randolph; I can think of no one else. Mary is in Florida, George's new wife may not wish to do it. - Miss N.'s condition has been so distressing & so hopeless that we can only be grateful for her release from her body. There was no return of consciousness, but she was quiet all day yest. - moans all ceased. - Everett House still over full of tonsilitis patients, & many in Pearsons - 17 yesterday & more in Mead. Nurse in each house. No one alarmingly ill. Miss Noble is in Sp'd hosp. again, in care of the Dr. who knows her so well. There's enlargement of the liver - I don't know how serious the Dr. regards it. - Do you remember old Mr. Estabrook & Dea. Dickinson, the Seventh Day Baptist? Mr. E. had his 90th birthday party on Jan. 12 & Dea. D. his 90th on Feb 5. Many went from the village. - Yours. E. P. Bowers."
[In the book!]

Reply Postal Card
front Reply Postal Card, Universal Postal Union, United States of America. Postmarked Dec 10, 1918 in South Hadley.
back Undivided back. "Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass., Dec. 10, 1918. Dear Mama; I don't believe I want my satin dress made exactly over that pattern, so don't let Mrs. Hyde start making it. I don't want the sides of the skirt that way and I am not sure of the belt, so don't start making it yet. I have not had a chance to see the styles yet & I have not seen the new Delineator. I will soon decide for sure. We will arrive in N.Y. at 5.40 or 6.07 I think we can catch the earlier train but can not be positive. Marian."

Reply Postal Card
front Reply Postal Card, Universal Postal Union, United States of America. Postmarked Dec 13, 1918 in South Hadley.
back Undivided back. "Dec. 13, 1918. We are quite sure of catching that train due at 5:40, since classes are to start at 8 o'clock Tuesday morning. I could catch a train about 3 hours earlier, but will wait for Helen. The laundry arrived last night. Helen has a headache today and is going to stay in bed all day. We will send off some packages on Monday. I want to see the styles in N.Y. before deciding about the dress. Beth Stone is planning to come up to see me Sunday. I am going to get our tickets this afternoon - the ticket agent comes up to college. Marian."
[In the book!]

Postal Card
front A Postal Card. Postmarked Dec 28 7am in Lowell MA. Transit mark Dec 28 7pm. Addressed to Miss Julia E. Ward.
back Undivided back. "Dear Julia, Your cards have been rec'd. The united wisdom of Wards Burnham have decided that Julia better not go to SH at this time. its a dissapointment to her & she hopes to go yet but thinks that the 1st of April she will not be able to. Miss Kennedy came in with your 'valuable' letter. Colds are very plenty & cheap. I got one for nothing. Took good case of it by putting it to bed all day Sunday with myself. it refuses as yet to entirely leave me 'tho I have been to work all the week. Rest of us pretty well. A very quiet & good Christmas. Hope you had a merry one. Shall have to help run the city next year as common council. All send love Yours A. W. B."

Postal Card
front A Postal Card. Postmarked Jan 15, 1886 in South Hadley. Transit Mark Jan 15, 1886 in Bristol CT.
back Undivided back. "The pretty Xmas card was very suggestive of a Northern country. Do you expect to go next summer? What a good time they will have will they not? I hardly think I shall go, that is, it is not very probable though not impossible I shall. Have had only one or two momentary glimpses of Miss Peck this year. The very last of last term Miss Sweetser and I started to go over to northampton each laden with a paper back of giner snaps, but, alas! Miss Peck never saw them. We went where the ferryman was and he was not there. There was some ice in the river and the large boat was drawn up high and deep on land. Are we not to see you again sometime? With love and best wishes for a "Happy New Year" though fourteen days have passed. C. F. Stevens. Sem."

Postal Card
front A Postal Card. Postmarked Dec [1877] in Boston. Addressed to Miss Mary Cutler at the Seminary.
back Undivided back. "Boston, Dec 11 5ock 1877. Father doing well. Has had no pain at all. Sisters are very kind to him. Feed him with spoon. H. F. C." Currently the oldest postcard sent to the Seminary in my collection!

Postal Card
front A Postal Card. Postmarked Dec 18 [1880] in South Hadley.
back Undivided back. "South Hadley/Gentlemen Please send samples of your Flannels Red, Navy Blue, and Brown. width & Price and much oblige. Shall send your paper in Rolls in a few day[s] Respectfully yours Harvey Judd"

Postal Card
front A Postal Card. Postmarked May [1881] in South Hadley.
back Undivided back. "Seminary May [...], 1881. Dear Henry - Will you take a card instead of a letter this time? I received your letter some time since. Am glad you like so much. Received a letter from Auntie last Monday. She said she enjoyed your visit very much. Things are as usual here - the days very full. Do you know when you are going home? I shall go five weeks from next Friday, if nothing presents. Write when you can, and I will write in a few days. Love F. G. [?] H."

Postal Card
front A Postal Card. Postmarked in South Hadley, and transit marked May 6, 1887 in Springfield Mass.
back Undivided back. "I want to ask another favor. I want some rather smallish museum jars - flattened, so as to better shape for exhibition of preparations in alcohol. I saw them at the Cambridge (Harvard) museum, & thought perhaps you might happen to know what I want, & where they could be obtained. If Mr. Dimmock is in S. perhaps he would know something about the matter. May I trouble you about this? I am very [anxious?] to get hold of this kind. Yours C. M. Clapp"

Postal Card
front A Postal Card. Postmarked July 10 [1876] in Holbrook Mass. Addressed to Miss Julia E. Ward.
back Undivided back. "At Home, July 7, 1876. Dear Miss W. We enjoyed our week in Phil. more than I can tell, notwithstanding the intense heat and our weariness. I hope you will not go till it is much cooler. It wasn't the best preparation for the care that always falls upon me at home, but I hope to get rested soon. Cousin Lizzie Russell is here, and sends love to you. I am going to send my sister away, after a little, for an entire rest and get strong myself doing housework. With best hopes for your vacation, Clara W. Wood"

Postal Card
front A Postal Card. Postmarked July 18, 1917 5:30pm in South Hadley.
back Undivided back. "Mount Holyoke College South Hadley, Massachusetts July 18, 1917 In behalf of Mount Holyoke College, I beg to acknowledge with thanks the receipt of Report of University of Illinois, 1916. Mary E. Woolley, President." I don't believe this is MEW's handwriting, though.

Postal Card
front A Postal Card. Postmarked Mar 25, 1929 12:30pm in South Hadley.
back Undivided back. Preprinted with "Williston Memorial Library Mount Holyoke College South Hadley, Massachusetts" Inscription: "March 25, 1929 Dear Mama, Your letter saying that you had made an appointment for me at the dentist's for Wednesday at three came this morning after my letter had been mailed. Don't bother to change the time. I meant to say anytime after Wednesday morning, but did not have time to write so much. Emily."

Postal Card
front Unused.
back Undivided back. Preprinted with "Mount Holyoke College Library South Hadley Massachusetts / Gentlemen: We note the announcement of your recent publication as follows: [blank] We would greatly appreciate it if you would send us a copy of each and place us on your maiing list for other publications which you issue free. If there is a charge for these publications kindly notify us before sending them. Very truly yours, Flora B. Ludington Librarian"

Postal Card
front Postmarked Nov 15, 1912 10am in South Hadley. Addressed to Thomas S. Childs in Holyoke, who ran a general store there.
back Undivided back. Inscription: "The shoes you sent me were duly received and are very satisfactory. Thank you for your courtesy. Sincerely yrs, Harriet L. Barstow. Mt. Holyoke College. Nov. 14, 1912."

Postal Card
front Postmarked in South Hadley, circa 1875-1880.
back Undivided back. Inscription: "There is a Mr [Thomas] Hitt [writing to Irving] Post Office address South Hadley Falls Mass - dont know his given name"

Postal Card
front Postmarked Aug 27, 1906 5pm in South Hadley. Transit mark Aug 28, 1906 8am in Lowell, Mass. Addressed to Miss Julia E. Ward.
back Undivided back. Inscription: "My dear friend, I am gaining. We have felt the heat in common with the rest of the world, but have not been much ill. Wish you were here with us to help out our philosophy. Mary Ellis would desire to be cordially remembered. She is very well. With my nurse Miss Easton I am boarding at Mrs. Lovell's. M. O. N. is at Springfield, is well and would send a cordial message. Love to all from all. H. M. G."

Postal Card
front Postmarked Jun 20 [1883] pm in Oberlin OH. Transit mark Jul 2 [1883] 8am in Dorchester, Mass. Addressed to Miss Alice S. Blackwell, Lucy Stone's daughter.
back Undivided back. Inscription: "Oberlin Sat. June 30. 1883 We are safely here and snugly housed. Old classmates & students meet us at all corners, and there is evidently to be a good time. We have your letters, and were very glad to get them. Old Put! [?] Well Maggie is [...] to him, but he must not get the chickens. We are both well. Glad Tilo [?] will be with you. Sorry Eliot could not come. We shall leave here probably on the evening of the 4th. Neither [?] is well. We have [...] captives at the house of Ct president. Papa is radient & useful."

Postal Card
front Postmarked Sep 4, 1958 7:30pm in New Haven, Conn. Addressed to Miss Carol Haage [1959].
back Undivided back. Inscription: "No rhyme, no rythm [sic], no song! Just plain "HI" and "WELCOME" '59 abroaders. I hope you all had a wonderful year, and the rest of '59 a marvelous summer. All too soon we'll be back with the ivy-covered walls and the many senior responsibilities. Convocation, our first opportunity to march in black, is Sunday, September 28th, and we all must be there to line up in Wilbur at 7:30 p.m. Therefore, I'll see you sooner than you think, and in hopes for a terrific year. Anne Haskell [1959]"

Postal Card
front Postmarked Jan 1 [1950] 12:30pm in South Hadley.
back Undivided back. Inscription: "F.T.D. Acknowledgment South Hadley, Mass. Dec 24, 1949 Your order for 12 r roses Amount 8.00 Sent to Mrs Holland Card yes / This order has had our careful and prompt attention. We thank you and shall reciprocate. Carey, the Florist South Hadley, Mass."

Postal Card
front Postmarked Mar 20, 1942 10am in Thompsonville CT.
back Printed announcement for the estate auction of I. F. Boynton of South Hadley, on Monday, March 30, 1942.

Postal Card
front Postmarked Jan 9, 1919 5:30pm in South Hadley.
back "Thursday. Dear Mother:- The overshoes came O.K. last night. Thank's [sic] a lot. Your letter came also and put some backbone into me again. Exams begin 2 weeks from today. I went to hear Mable Garrison and she was splendid. I had to sit up and study for a physics quiz too [?] when I got back. The Orpheus club from Spfield comes Fri night up here but I have a math quiz sat. A.M. Hard luck. Harold stopped off for about 1 1/2 hrs. Isn't the watch a beauty? He ought not to have got me anything so nice though. I've paid my tuition & will send the receipt Sunday. Had a letter from Payne. [...] came home before Xmas. Love, Ruth."

Postal Card
front Postmarked Jan 3, 1919 12:30pm in South Hadley.
back "Jan 3. A.M. Dear mother: Got here safely with hat etcetera. When you send me some stuff please send your little round black fur and my striped jersey. Also when you go to S- would you please get me a nail brush and a shoe brush? I didn't leave time yesterday. I guess we are in quarantine here again. There are notices up every where. No chapel until Jan 10. Gladys isn't back yet. I met Margaret and Charlotte and Dorothea and got a train for Holyoke and just caught a trolley. The conductors boosted my suitcase for me and each one heaved a pathetic groan. I didnt carry it at all. If I don't write Sunday I will the first of the week. Love, Ruth."

Postal Card
front Postmarked Oct 19, 1911 6pm in Westport Conn. Transit mark Oct 19, 1911 10:30am in New Haven Conn. Addressed to Miss Julia Adams.
back "The Mt. Holyoke Alumnae Association of New Haven & Vicinity will hold its semi-annual meeting at Dr. Dole's 15 Elm Street, on Saturday October 28th at 3.30 P.M. You are earnestly requested to come. Sarah B. Allyn, Sec. 186 Exchange St."

Constantinople Postal Card
front Postmarked Nov 7, 1916. Addressed to Miss A. H. Turner at Mount Holyoke, from Louise B. Wallace at Constantinople College.
back Undivided back. "November 7, 1916. Your printed card, not dated, came last week with fine news about Dr. Clapp and the Biological Department. Mary is blooming since her return and our college-life runs smoothly. I do not receive Dr. Clapp's letters, alas, but Mary brought so much news that I had a feast. I think of you and Ann very often[.] Loving wishes to you both and to the Doctor. many thanks for your card. Louise B. Wallace"

Postal Card
front Postmarked Sep 20, 1921 1pm in Easthampton, Mass. Addressed to Miss Abby H. Turner at Mount Holyoke.
back Undivided back. "Easthampton, Mass. Sept. 18, 21. Dear Friend - Forgive me for seeming to neglect your kind birthday greeting of July 28. (31 July was my 86th). You know how full of everything my summer has been. I am glad you had such a restful time on the Maine coast for you certainly needed it sorely. I do not forget all yr. kindness to Katharine & myself. K. seems to be enjoying her new life at the [...] School. N. Y. C. Says the Mt. Hol. grounding in Geology &c. wh. you & others gave her help greatly, now. I hope you are feeling invigorated for another yrs work & that I may see you after I return Oct. 1 Love, Anna C. Edwards"

Postal Card
front Postmarked Jun 12, 1906 10:30am in Brunswick, Maine and transit marked Jun 13, 1906 9am in South Hadley. Addressed to Miss Mary S. Coombs at Mount Holyoke College.
back Undivided back. "Tuesday morning, June 12, 1906. I met Aunt Jen last evening she is coming down to dinner today. She says she & Sue would like to see you when you pass through Boston so write & tell me what time you reach Boston & when your train leaves. I haven't a time table yet so don't know about the summer trains. It just occurs to me that you may have made other plans, for the time you have to wait & if so, can't you be at the North Station half an hour before the train goes out, what would give them time to see you all right. I had a nice busy day yesterday hope I shall accomplish as much to-day[.] I will get my letter started this evening I think, bot yours last evening, I shall be more than glad when I get you home where I can look after you a bit. Good bye Mother"

Postal Card
front Postmarked Jun 14, 1886 11am at Dorchester Station, Mass.
back "The meeting cannot be held on Tuesday. But it is appointed for next Saturday i.e. the 19th at 10 o'clock. Hope your throat is better.. and that this cold damp day will bring you no ill. Yours truly Lucy Stone"

Postal Card
front Postmarked in South Hadley, and mailed to Alfred Saben of Winchester NH. Currently the oldest postcard sent from the Seminary in my collection!
back "My dear boy[,] I expect to see you in about three weeks I shall write again when I know just the time I wonder if there are any great changes this time I have been away. Perhaps Mr. & Mrs. H_ are there. If so, tell them I would like very much to be there too - much love to them - I wish they wd stay till I get home. I wish you would ask Mrs. Harmon when she is coming to the sem. only a little more time here. June 9, 1875 From Aunt May" [I wish I could have identified Mrs. Harmon. There were two wives of an Elijah Harmon that attended Mount Holyoke, Lucy M Smith x1861 and Eunice M Smith x1868, but both of them were dead by 1872 according to the 1937 biographical directory.]

Postal Card
front Postmarked Dec 2, 1937 in South Hadley.
back "Thurs. Noon / Hope you are reading this before you leave & not after you return. Rec'd your letter this A.M. Train O.K. by me. Will be at top of platform to meet you (one has to go downstairs to the station). If not there wait by Western Union telegraph place across from ticket offices. Have arranged for Sat. night. You will stay at place in South Hadley with one of many families here who take dates for week-ends. Very nice as far as I know as know people who have stayed there before & they didn't complain. We can check your bag in station Sat P.M. & get it later. Chess sounds good; hope you do not get too serious over it. Busy with academic work & lectures etc. "Lost Horizon" here tomorrow night so going to see it just on your reccomendation. [sic] Here's hoping I like it. Sorry you have to leave so early Sun. but have 4 classes Mon. myself. Very mild weather here now (for New England) but one can never tell what might turn up. Hope it stays clear. Hope you have a good trip up. Nice scenery from Westchester on. Terry"

Postal Card
front Postmarked Mar 6, 1905 5pm in South Hadley. Transit marked Mar 6, 1905 7pm in Holyoke, Mass. Addressed to Thos. S. Childs in Holyoke, a shoe store.
back "Mount Holyoke College South Hadley Mass. My dear Mr. Childs - If it is not too late, will you please have the shoes that I ordered, made Blutcher - very truly yours. Helen Broeksmit. March 6th 1905."

Postal Card
front Postmarked Feb 17 [1871] in South Hadley Falls. Addressed to Mr. Charles H. James Douglas of Providence R.I. Currently the oldest postal card I have that has been sent by an alum!
back "So. Hadley Falls Feb 17 71 Mr. Douglas, I thought you would understand from my postal, that I cannot give the information you wish. I gave you the names of some of Elizabeth Dou[g]las Miller's grandchildren and willl now add two others. I think Mrs. John Sherman, Wakeman, Ohio, Mr Anson Miller, Fremont Ohio. I think some of them can give you the information you wish[.] All the information I can give you, concerns the grandchildren of Joel Miller, the children of his only son. Yours respectfully, Mrs. Julia S. T. Miller"

Postal Card
front Postmarked Nov 3 [1884] in South Hadley. Addressed to Miss Lizzie Fairbanks, Milton, Mass.
back "So. Hadley, Mass. Nov., 2, 1884. Dear Lizzie I just write this postal to know whether you are alive or dead or whether you have forgotten how to write This is my address Ellie L Ruggles Mt. Holyoke Sem. So. Hadley Mass." Identifying these two is problematic. There's Elizabeth Fairbank in the class of 1893, but as far as I know she never lived in Milton, Mass. There's Eleanor M. Ruggles in the class of 1892, but Eleanor wouldn't be a student at the seminary in 1884, and Eleanor's middle initial is different. If the date is wrong and it's really 1894, then Elizabeth shouldn't be in Milton according to the biographical directory. She should be in Shelburne Falls, and the card should have been forwarded there.

Postal Card
front Postmarked Nov 6 1913 7am in South Hadley. Addressed to Mrs. Edward Earl in Leominster, Mass.
back "Dearest Müder;- This is a horrible way to thank you for the grand and most perfectly wonderful box, but you will understand I have been too busy feasting to write a letter. It came yesterday & we had it tonight for supper, the eight in our bunch & Nellie. They all want me to thank you & you'd think they meant it if you could see them. The cake was awfully good & so was the candy. They all swore they never tasted better puffed rice candy. There is not one single crumb left. Everything disappeared within the space of one short hour. I spent the mornin gin lab. & the P.M. at Holyoke buying my best winter hat. It's a peach. Will give details in letter. Probably can't write before Sunday as I have a big lit. quiz Sat. With love to the fambly, Maggie."

Postal Card
front Postmarked Aug 1945 5:30pm in South Hadley. Addressed to Léonie Villard in France.
back "South Hadley, Aug. 7 Dear Mlle. Villard, Your lovely long letter came today: I'd been wondering if you mightn't be arriving yourself any minute, and so had not sent you any parcels recently, and I had asked Mr. Hovde of the Cult. Rel. in State Dept. if he had news of your arrival, but he did not know of your proposed trip. I'd be terribly honored to be the custodian of the typescript of your journal, but if you want it published over here I have no connections for that purpose and hardly know how to go about it, whereas H.P. has many connections in Franco-American circles and would, I'm sure, be able to do much better by it; and we could all still read it here just as well in her hands as in mine. We are now allowed to send printed matter, not over 1 lb. per package, so I have begun sending you the weekly book sections that I've been saving for you: I'm sending them in reverse chronol. order. I'll seek current theatre information from Prof. Dorothy Foster whose field it is. Love, Ruth / Yes, I collect a few items & have some for you. Melva's parents have not been well, that may be why you've not heard from her."

Postal Card
front Postmarked Nov 15, 1909 8am in Westfield, Mass. Addressed to Miss Harriette E. Cushman at the College (Box 457).
back "Come Wednesday by all means. Glad you are coming. Think it will be best for you to plan to spend the night. You may not have sufficient time unless you do. Come as early as you can. Mabel."