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    Posted 5 years ago

    SpiritBear
    (813 items)

    This one, albeit worn, has a few special things about it.

    To me, what is most exciting is that it says, "After March 1, 1907, this space can be used for a written message...."

    Prior to some time (I now know exactly when) in 1907, you were supposed to write a message only on the front of a postcard. The back was solely for addressing. Of course, people often went against this.

    Another interesting thing is who this one is addressed to:
    From what I gather, this was addressed to:
    Capt. Geo. Robertson,
    Str. Phenix
    Marine P.D.,
    Detroit,
    Michigan.

    I didn't find Captain Robertson in Detroit. Nor am I sure what Str. Phenix is-- Phenix also being written out in large letters at top over the 1907 postmark from Denver, Colo.

    Other than this, the only other things of interest are the train-theme and message on front and back.
    Geo. N.R. / This is a glimpse of what we saw this afternoon-- altitude agreed with us both fine. Will let you know where to write in a few days.

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    Comments

    1. SpiritBear, 5 years ago
      Oh, and if anyone wants to know what my hand-writing looks like, this person has a similar hand-writing and writing-style to me. I found that ironic. Theirs is a bit more cursive, though.
    2. martika martika, 5 years ago
      I think the last few words might be : will let you know where to write in a few days.
    3. SpiritBear, 5 years ago
      I will correct it to that. Thank you. :)
    4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Maybe 'Marine P.O.' ??

      That is interesting enough I think ... 'Marine P.O. Detroit Michigan'.
      I searched that phrase and got a hit with :"[Zip] J. W. Westcott II, Marine P.O., Detroit, Michigan 48222, is the world’s only mail boat (floating post office) delivering mails to ships in the Great Lakes while they are still underway."

      https://sites.google.com/site/numberopedia/numbers48000s

      Maybe Captain George Robertson was on some boat called the Phenix ??

    5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Maybe Str is short for Steamer?
      The Steamer Phenix.
    6. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      There is mention of it here :
      http://linkstothepast.com/marine/vessels-1905-A-L.php
    7. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Elphicke & Co., C. W., 6 Sherman St., Chicago.
      Steamer Phenix
      Captain, Ed. C. Vanpatten
      Engineer, Wm. Frazer.


    8. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      "Altitude agreed with us both" ???
    9. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      It looks like George Robertson had moved on by 1905 and owned a steamer himself:
      Robertson, George, Grand Haven, Mich.
      Steamer Sidney O. Neff
      Captain, Antony Greilick
      Engineer, Frank Greilick.

      http://linkstothepast.com/marine/vessels-1905-M-R.php#R
    10. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      The PHENIX at the top of the card may have been written by the sender in ink as a convention for these 'maritime' items ???
    11. SpiritBear, 5 years ago
      Sounds like you're enjoying doing all my hard work for me LOL. Thank you so much for all the help! :)

    12. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      PC's get me going SPIRITBEAR .... I've learnt a lot ....

      There was an even earlier Phenix .... a vessel of significance .... but that's for you to work on if you wish. Pity we have no idea who wrote the card ... or do we ??? LOL !!!
    13. SpiritBear, 5 years ago
      You have some very nice ones, as I've seen. Check out the one I today posted.

      We might be able to find out who wrote the card, but that'd be an incredibly difficult task. LOL.

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