Happy Easter to all. Just a quick posting on this Easter Sunday morning.

My featured postcard today was found in one of Grandma Julia’s albums, her full name being Julia Ann (Moore) James. She was my grandmother’s (Bertha L. James Watts) paternal grandmother. You can learn a little more about Julia from a previous blog posting Intro to Grandma Julia and the Bitgood’s Pine Knoll Laboratory.


This postcard was postmarked April 5, 1912 from Hyde Park, Mass., and was sent to Julia by her son and daughter-in-law, signed “May and Will”. This would be William and Mabel (Dollof) James. They lived on Cleveland Street, in the Hyde Park section of Boston for many years. A previous blog posting focused on my grandmother’s brother, Lionel, points out that his WWI Draft Registration card, dated in 1917, listed him as living at the same Cleveland Street address. You may read the post to learn more Uncle Lionel, First World War Veteran and Fort Greble.

William back

The card was addressed to Julia in Franklin, Mass., and the handwritten message reads:

Hoping that your Easter will be bright and happy. Will try and see you soon. With Love, May & Will.

I am uncertain of the publisher of this embossed postcard, the reverse side lists that it was printed in Saxony and was given a number, No. 694.

There are more stories and details to tell about this family branch–others, as well. As I am growing older, the realization that time cannot be taken for granted and the desire on my part to share what I know and what I have learned (and yet to learn) grows ever stronger. However, squeezing out that time to share and being in the right frame of mind to write it out is not always that easy–I am trying my best to put together a couple of in-depth postings in the near future.

Until next time….Happy Easter!