A Valentine’s Day Card to George from his sister Rose

This beautiful Valentine card, from “dear sister Rose” to “dear brother George,” is dated February 28, 1912.

“To My Valentine”



To dear brother
George from
dear sister


George Schenk, Mary’s 1st husband, had several siblings, including a younger sister Rose.

Sadly, Rose died at age 30 – two months after she sent this card to George.

  1. I believe the word “Neihart” and the date below Rose’s name were written by my great grandmother, Mary.

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Happy New Year!

A lovely “New Year” card to Mary from her sister-in-law Edith (Schenck) Ledbetter, circa 1910.

“A Happy New Year”


“To Mary From Edith”


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Wordless Wednesday: “May All Thanksgiving Day Pleasures Be Yours”

A Thanksgiving card  postmarked November 1912 and addressed to “Cousin Mary” from her cousin Irene Louisa Ehrhardt of Decatur, Illinois.

Vintage postcard, circa 1912
Vintage postcard, circa 1912


Back of vintage postcard, circa 1912
Back of vintage postcard, circa 1912


Dear Cousin Mary

We are having winter weather here now. I hope you are all well. Why don’t you answer my letter?

Your cousin Irene

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Herzlichen Glückwunsch (Happy Birthday)

Mary gave this beautiful birthday postcard – made in Germany – to her oldest daughter, Georgiana Frances. Unfortunately, the card is not dated.

Birthday card from Mary to Frances

Birthday card from Mary to Frances_insideWhen you open the card, the die-cut on the left inside is visible . . .

and the right inside is very roughly translated as follows:


Only happiness and

pure joy

Happy feelings

all the time

Health, wealth

God’s blessing

Be you granted

all because!

And finally, the back side of the card is addressed to “Miss Frances Schenk”. Also note the “made in Germany” stamp on the left side.

Birthday card from Mary to Francees_back

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