Recently I went through some of the old photos that belonged to my Grandfather and Grandmother Y. Amongst the photos were some interesting Real Photo Postcards.
Real Photo Postcards were all the rage in the early 1900’s. You could have your picture taken and have it made into a Postcard, and then send it to your friends. The cost for the postcards was usually about a penny and then it cost you a penny to mail. So for two cents you could impress your friends. You could also keep them.
This one is from 1910. An early hunting camp in Minnesota. None of these people look like my Grandpa..and nothing is written on the back of the postcard. Nine men and fifteen deer, it must have been a good hunt. They have a fire going and someone has slept in a Tepee.
A. A. Richardson had a Photo Illustrating Company in Bemidji, Minnesota in 1910. ( His business only survived a year.) He notes on the postcard: This card is a genuine original photograph.
This postcard also from 1910 is what I call “No compromise” or “We are stuck together..forever.” There was no Photoshop back then..this is obviously an original genuine photograph! Who knows if these two bucks were entangled to their death or placed that way by a taxidermist.
I find these 100 year old postcards that my Grandfather kept very interesting. I wonder what I have kept that I haven’t marked. In 100 years will someone say “What was Grandma thinking?” :)