Vintage from the 1900s
Antique Southold New York postcard. 1906 rural North Fork, Long Island, NY. Riverhead and Southold town postmark post card printed by Souvenir Post Card Co, NYC 1905, purple orange and black three tone printed illustration.
The printed cartoon on the from depicts amail man read and smoking on his bike with an aggressive dog he is seemingly ignoring at his heels. The message pre-printed on the card reads:
“Here’s a hurry up message for you”
The card is marked on the front bottom right corner:
“Copyright 1905 Souvenir Postcard Co.”
There is a “5” on the bottom right corner.
This is a very early postcard by the Souvenir Post Card Co., perhaps one of its first printed. The publisher operated out of 268 Canal Street, New York, NY from 1905-1914 and became a major publisher of a variety of postcard types. They used three different printers over the course of their business, which changed the look of their cards. The company was purchased by Valentine and Sons. and they produced cards in America under the name Valentine-Souvenir Co.
(info sourced from www.metropostcard.com)
The handwritten message is wirren on the front of the card (The back of the card is not divided and there is only the address written.)
The message (which has been written upside-down in black ink) reads:
if it is pleasant look for us all wed. noon will write if we dont come wed.
love from all to all
The card was sent to:
“Miss Katie Laurey (?) (Lurey, Lwrey) The same is most likely Laurey, a name among the very few inhabitants of the area at the time.)
“North Road” (prior to there being addresses in this very rural area)
The card is postmarked both in Riverhead and Southold towns.
A very rare and old post card.
Very good used vintage condition for its age, with some wear. All color and printing, as well as handwriting and postmark, are very clear. The original stamp is missing. There is some creaing throughout the card and the corners are a bit marred. There is also light staining, water staining possibly, throughout.
The card is 5.5″ x 3.5″ or 14 cm x 8.9 cm
This item will be kept safe in a sealed archival sleeve, shipped inside a flat, unbendable mailer.