Monday, July 4, 2016

Amanuensis Monday: "Do not burn your fingers" on July 4th

Hubby's Wood family, spread across Toledo and Cleveland plus one family in Chicago, stayed in touch via colorful penny postcards for every holiday.

Here's a July 4th postcard sent from Aunt Nellie Kirby to her nephew, Wallis W. Wood, about 1909. Aunt Nellie never got her nephew's first name correct, but since he was barely in grade school at the time, he sure didn't read this card on his own.

Aunt Nellie wrote: Take care Wallace that you do not burn your fingers. Do you remember Aunt Nellie


  1. How neat that you have a collection of these family postcards! Happy 4th!

  2. This is good advice for us all on the fourth, but it does make me wonder if there is a story behind it.

  3. Many thanks for all your comments. These postcards are all so colorful and interesting. I wish I knew the story behind this one but it is probably a kind of joke because the recipient was way too young to be playing with sparklers or fire crackers!