Meet Me On The Other Side
You remember my adventures in tracking down Mrs. E. Longbotham?
To recap quickly: When I've got nothing better to do and Facebook has gotten boring, all my normal blogs have been surfed and message boards start irking me, I surf vintage correspondence/photos on Etsy, or I'll surf this site.
Aside from a small collection of stuff I've found in the used books I've purchased (my latest fave being 1/2 a five dollar bill I found in one of the Regeneration Trilogy books I purchased recently) I don't normally buy the things I surf.
But this postcard caught my eye because of the address.
This address is less than two miles from where we live and I drive past this house every other Friday to get to the bank.
What sealed the deal in purchasing this card (aside from the fact it was less than $5) was what was on the back.
A postcard of magical sugar coated ponies?
A postcard from Alaska?
A postcard from Cookietown, Oklahoma?
I think you'll like it since technically this is supposed to be a knitting blog.
It's a sock pattern!
Ok, maybe not that exciting as the buildup might have made it -- but I flippin' love it!
The handwriting is quite legible and knitting shorthand hasn't really changed in 71 years.
I think my favorite part is this:
"Using 4 kneedles k[nit] round and round until almost 2 in[ches] before desired length."
How come I find a 71 year old spelling error so quaint, but will actually leave a comment on a newspaper website pointing out that the subject of the article suffered a grand mal seizure, not a "grand maul" seizure?
Now I'm left wondering who sent this postcard to Elizabeth Longbotham? Why did they send it to her? Did she perhaps mail it to herself for some reason? The postcard is postmarked in the same town, and honestly if you've ever been to Glen Ridge, it's not that big (or maybe letters were postmarked at their destination not their departure post offices back then??). One could easily walk something to its destination in Glen Ridge. Although maybe not in March! Brr!
How did the postcard end up in Texas? (Actually I found quite a few Longbothams living in TX--they must be connected to the NJ ones).
Did she ever use it to knit socks? It's survived this long and is creased, so I would guess yes, she probably did. Or at least intended to.
I'd love to take a picture of Mrs. Longbotham's house for you, but I'd feel kinda weird doing that and posting it on the internets. Not to mention I'd look like a weirdo doing it.