Before There Was Email, There Were Postcards

A Page from the Scrapbook of Postcards


I have a scrapbook of postcards saved by a family member. I can’t really tell who created the scrapbook because the post cards were sent to several members of the family.  But I am now the trustee of the collection. 

A postcard from my GreatGrandfather to my Greatgrandmother.

I find them very interesting in that the are a slice of life of my family back in 1920’s.   Many of them are from my Great Grandfather to his family.   He worked for the Frisco Railroad and spent lots of time away from home. The postcards were short notes from a man to his children, telling them to do well in school and help their mother.   Other times he comment on his concern for his family who had been ill.     I am not sure if he got mail from his family as he was on the road, there is no indication that he received mail his family. 

I look at these as the 1920’s equivalent of email. They were pretty short, but more than a text or twitter.  It is sort of sad that in this electronic age that these email messages that reflect so much of our life today won’t end up in some one’s scrapbook capturing history for tomorrow. 

Today Clyde would have Tweeted his mother.