My featured postcard for today’s “One Postcard Saturdays” serial was sent to Aunt Etta by her Cousin Allie White, postmarked from Hyannisport, Mass., in 1905. Because I am still working on tying up all the loose ends to the James Family research, I will need to do a little digging in order to correctly identify “Allie”. She may be connected to the Moore side instead of the James. That research will have to wait for another day.

Postcard front

The Hallett House was a popular hotel located on Cape Cod, in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. It was built in 1872 at a cost of $30,000.

The hotel building could hold up to 100 guests and was four-stories high with on-site bowling, billiards, a poolroom and dining room. It was operated by Mrs. Emily Wheldon.

On the evening of Sept. 5, 1905, Labor Day, a fire broke out in the men’s washroom and quickly spread, engulfing the building–a complete loss within an hour, estimated at $10,000 (including contents).

The fire was caused by the explosion of gasolene, stored in a room near the kitchen. According to The Standard: “one of the kitchen boys went into the storeroom where the gasolene was kept and lighted a match. An explosion immediately followed, and although the boy was uninjured, he made no attempt to extinguish the blaze but rushed from the room.”

This postcard was published by The Rotograph Co., N.Y. City, printed in Germany.

postcard back

The handwritten message on the front is as follows:

Dear Cousin;
Suppose you think it funny you did not hear from me. Sent for your address but I guess Grandma forgot about it when she wrote. Mama says to send this by mail. This is the hotel which was burnt down this summer Sept. 4, 1905.
Yours lovingly,
Allie White

Postcard front message

I do have some good ideas planned for a few more extensive posts in the near future outside of these “One Postcard Saturdays” so keep an eye for those.

Otherwise, in keeping things short and sweet today–that is a wrap.

Until next time…

Reference Material

Sheedy, Jack; Barnstable Backstories: A coincidence of Hyannis Port fires; Barnstable Patriot; Opinion article posted online February 21, 2018; Accessed 23 February 2019.

The Standard: A Weekly Insurance Newspaper; Volume LVII; July 1, 1905 to January 1, 1906; Boston, Mass.; 1906; Volume 57, Page 228; books.google.com; Accessed 23 February 2019