Message on back:
Dear old girl.
Sent card to
“Your friend” to-day.
Do write me a
_____. Lots of love
to you. “Pat”
Monday, November 13, 2006
Lives in Letters: Postcard with a Mystery for you to Solve
This postcard seems full of mystery and intrigue. I'll post my thoughts below in the notes, but I'd welcome your comments about what you think it means too!
Syracuse, New York
Mary May N-
Geneva, New York
Preprinted on front:
When I bring around my Auto,
You be ready to jump in.
For I really think you Auto
Come with me, and take a spin.
The first thing I noticed was the strange little poem. It's kind of awkward, don't you think? Then of course, there is the picture, which has some fun details. Note the hat with the very long feather. And I think she's wearing what was officially known as a "car coat." Oh and did you see how much smoke was coming out of the car at the end of the lane?
Now about that message... I'm so curious.
"Dear old girl," it starts. So I wonder, how old is Mary May? Is "old girl" meant ironically, affectionately, or in some way literally?
Who is "Your friend" and why is it in quotes? And why is the Y capitalized? Could it be someone Mary May secretly loves? Or perhaps someone she despises?
I love the use of "_______" instead of the word line. I think this suggests a younger writer and recipient, probably because it reminds me of text speak.
I wondered about Pat. Male or Female? I'm guessing female, but if male, then related (brother perhaps). Why? Because "Lots of love to you" seems out of place for any non-related male to use as a sign-off in 1921.
Why is Pat's name in quotes? My guess is that her name is Patricia, and she uses quotes simply to indicate a nickname. Of course her name could be Gertrude or Constance or any of a number of others, and then "Pat" could still be a nickname. Some day, ask me about the many many random nicknames in my family!
Okay, here's my final theory. Patricia and Mary May are college chums. Pat knows that Mary May is in love with Mr. X, though Mary May claims he is just a friend. Mary May asked Pat to send Mr. X a card, either as an invitation to some event where Mary May can see him, or as a note of encouragement or sympathy due to some trouble in Mr. X's life. Pat sent the card, but can't resist giving Mary a little teasing.
So, what's your theory? I'd love to see who can come up with the best story.