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Two postcards “Art” both undivided back – one faux divided back

August 27, 2015


In memoriam, Kathleen Evans, artist

Here are two instances of the same postcard titled “Art”.  Both are undivided back postcards, number 118 (front lower left) and COPYRIGHT 1906 S. S. PORTER, CHICAGO (front lower right), with ANGLO SERIES PUBLISHED BY A. H. printed along the back left edge.

Being printed in 1906, at a time when a message on the back of the post card was prohibited, and only the address was allowed to be written on the back of the postcard (commonly referred to as the undivided-back postcard era or UDB postcard era), these postcards were printed without a vertical line in the center of the back of the card.

Here are the front and back images of the unused “Art” postcard:





Now, here are the front and back of the “Art” postcard that was postmarked on October 8, 1907:





At first glance, the second “Art” postcard appears to be  a divided-back postcard, but it is, in fact, the same undivided-back “Art” postcard as shown in the unused copy of “Art”.  Effective March 1, 1907, the U. S. Post Office allowed the left side of the back of a postcard to contain a message, with the right side of the postcard reserved for the name and address of the addressee.  The sender of this postcard, one  “M. E. G.”, took advantage of that fact, and created a vertical line with the fountain pen being used to pen the written message.  It took quite a while for people to get used to writing a message on the back of a postcard, even though allowed to, and even though the postcard might have been printed with the vertical divider line on the back.  So I give M. E. G. credit for being bold enough to create her own (for some reason I think that M. E. G. is a female) divided-back postcard, just seven months after the postal regulations were changed.

Washington Park and Sloane House Hotel – Sandusky, Ohio

June 24, 2012

Washington Park and Sloane House, Sandusky, O.

Rectangular, approximately 3 1/2″ X 5 1/2″ (~86mm X 136mm) (standard postcard size)

The Illustrated Postal Card Co., New York & Leipzig

47-2 (lower left corner of back)

Undivided back



A glimpse of the center of Sandusky, Ohio as it existed over a century ago.  This post card is undated, but was likely printed between 1900 and 1906, before the beginning of the divided-back postcard era in early 1907.  Although not postally used, there is an ink inscription along the vertical white strip on the right side of the front.  One can deduce that this postcard was enclosed in a letter with other postcards, since the inscription reads, “In the P. C. ‘Washington Row,’, notice the Sloane House with porch & balconie [sic].”  Indeed, there was a postcard titled “Washington Row, Sandusky, O.”, that was printed in the same time-frame as this postcard, but I do not have that postcard.  The inscriptions on some postcards are self-referential, such as “I visited this place today.”, but this is an interesting example of a postcard inscription that refers to a different postcard!  Although the printed postcard title identifies the major structure as the “Sloane House”, I call it the Sloane House Hotel, in order to distinguish the hotel, which was built in 1880 and razed in 1957, from the still-standing Sloane House, which was the personal residence of Rush R. Sloane, and is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The original photograph for this printed postcard was taken from the vantage point of one of the upper floors of the Erie County Courthouse, which is located on Columbus Avenue on the other side of Washington Park.  That explains the flower bed in the postcard image that has the flowering plants arranged to spell the word “COURTHOUSE.”  One of the more well-known guests of the Sloane House Hotel was Katherine Hepburn.  She and another actor, Ann Harding, were touring in the autumn of 1940 to promote the film “The Philadelphia Story”, and stayed a night in the Sloane House Hotel.  Apparently, Ann Harding was a descendent of Rush Sloane.

Sandusky, Ohio is the County Seat of Erie County, and is located on Lake Erie at the mouth of the Sandusky River.  Visitors from all over the world come to Sandusky to go to nearby Cedar Point amusement park.Sloan House Hotel Sloan Hotel

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