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It was once quite a thing to receive a postcard, and all the better if it was homemade. This magnificently one-of-a kind card was actually part of a series. Entirely handmade in collage technique from clippings taken from advertisements and catalogs, it was made for a woman named Alice in South Orange.
Note the handwritten #1 in the upper right hand corner, the only part of the card not clipped, and on the reverse is written "First of a series of instructive postals" but unsigned. I am going to guess our primitive but accomplished collage artist was literally on his way back to Alice, and at each opportune moment took the time to construct a report from the road. I like to think one was sent each night. How far or arduous the journey will never be known.
The date shown on the cancellation is hard to make out, but I am guessing close to the 1900 date. Postcards were a penny then and for a long time after.
Anonymous handmade postcard to Miss Alice Osborne Date Unclear. Collection Jim Linderman
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