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moment that you disappoint me on purpose. If I did think that, believe me you would not get a chance to do it again. It didn’t matter so much last time, but it does matter especially (?) this time. I’m sorry about your suit, but you know dear it doesn’t matter to me what you have on, though I like to see you looking nice for your own sake. I’ll have to try some back hand writing too I bet I’ll beat you at it. It’s only in the last couple of years that I have written upright but I’m out of practice now and

[wire if you are coming – written upside down]

 I haven’t any lines to guide me. I’ll have to stop now as Dad is starting to kick his heels and yell for his supper. But you will come up to-morrow won’t you sweetheart. Goodbye till then dear Frank. Your own loving Kiddie.

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The perils of coming in part way through a conversation – I wonder what the other card(s) that made up this letter said? Frank is getting an earful – I thought it was his girlfriend to start with, and then wondered if it’s from his mother, but I’m not sure. Either way she has plenty to say!

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Another postcard from Joe to Rose, I have another one of  them here.  It’s sweet that he apologies for writing a postcard, as someone has used the writing paper he bought.



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A tale of doomed love ….  honeymoon-pair-ed1











As this may be a tricky one to read I’ve transcribed it as best I can …

Dear Ruth,

When I got this card I thought of you, when you told me you did not like kissing. I believe you don’t, but you are a real sport. You can …… them at sporting times. Well I am glad you and Jim are suited I have been going to introduce you both for a long time now. Only I loved you myself and do now but as I am married and not divorced as yet it would be wrong for me to try to hang on. Any way I am proud. I have been able to make a match with you both and if you ever make a match may it be [up top] like the postcard. I will always love you and remember you as it will be impossible to do otherwise.

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I’m not sure how serious the author of this postcard is – but if you read it taking it at face value she seems mighty annoyed! The word “love” has been crossed out and replaced by “your” in quite an emphatic way!


Purchased from an antiques store in Tirau, New Zealand, December 2008.

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