For some reason, the cards became scarcer about 1919, then tapered off to one or two a year. A few got added now and then by Hattie's daughter and her husband and by traveling friends. But there were no more from her sisters and brothers, although most of them lived many years more. Hattie was a contentious woman, and never forgot a slight. She refused to keep in touch with Clarence's parents after his death, and nobody ever knew the exact reasons why. Perhaps she fought with other relatives too, and that's why the postcards didn't come any more.
Contentious or not, Hattie left a priceless legacy. Her postcards opened new doors in family history for her descendants. And many more of them, scattered here and there on the World Wide Web, are still showing folks what the world looked like a century ago.
Hattie and her soon-to-be husband exchanged postcards while they were courting. He was an itinerant carpenter, she a lonely spinster. These postcards show that the ways of a man with a maid haven't changed in a hundred years...and maybe they never have.
Just a Few of Hattie's Holiday Postcards
Where They Were...
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