Since the month of October is now upon us, I have been sorting through the family postcards looking for any that may be focused on Halloween…there will several posted here on my blog during the month.

Today, my rather brief posting will focus more on the artist rather than the family history. The featured postcard, illustrated by Frances Brundage, was postmarked in 1911. This postcard was printed in Germany, published by the Samuel Gabriel Company of New York, it was number 120 in their Halloween Series.

The following biographical information, on the artist, was found online from Wikipedia.

Frances Isabelle Lockwood Brundage, an American illustrator, was born on June 28, 1854, in Newark, New Jersey. She was the daughter of Rembrandt Lockwood and Sarah Ursula Despeaux.

Frances began her career at age 17, after her father had abandoned the family. Her illustrative art primarily focused on endearing Victorian children. She would go on to illustrate many books and postcards, as well as, other ephemera items.

In 1886, she married William Tyson Brundage (1849-1923) who was also an artist. They had one child, Mary Frances Brundage, who died in 1891 at age 17 months.

Frances Brundage died on March 28, 1937, at the age of 82.

Certainly, I will be sharing more postcard images from this artist in the near future, as I know there are others.


This particular postcard was sent to Grandma Julia James (2x great) in 1911, while she was living in Franklin, Mass., probably with Aunt Etta at that time. According to the postmark, the sender Mrs. Starck, appears to have lived in Plainville, Mass., where Grandma Julia previously lived. In the future, I will try to properly identify this Mrs. Starck as I know there are many other postcards that were received from her.

In the meantime, I am in the process of putting together the information for my next blog posting–also a featured Halloween postcard. There was a great mystery to be solved, which has been successfully unlocked–at least in part.

Until next time…