The Andover Historical Society counts hundreds of postcards among its collection and although many feature bucolic landscapes, picturesque old homes, or notable landmarks — more than a few are simply humorous and meant to elicit a quick chuckle from the recipient.
This example is postmarked Feb 2, 1913 from Waltham – a city nearly 30 miles south of Andover. With the popularity of stamp collecting throughout the 20th century, it is not entirely surprising that the postage stamp is missing.
W. J. Mitchell of 123 Elm Street, Andover was the addressee on this comical piece of mail and the message reads:
Here is one suggestion for a good time. Mr. H says he will meet you in Boston any time and he will show you a good time. I told I did not think you would care for that kind. Take care of yourself and do get some rest. Drop me a card once in awhile and let me know how Olive is.
The postcard appears to be signed Edna… but could also be Edwin, or Edward. Depending on whether the sender was male or female, certainly puts the message in a different context.
A William J. Mitchell did indeed live at 123 Elm Street in Andover, according to the 1916-1917 Andover and North Andover Mass. Directory. His occupation is noted as ‘baker’ and he appears to conduct his business from the same address as his home. Interestingly, only 2 years later, an Agnes C. is listed as his wife in the 1918-1919 directory. Which begs the question… who is Olive? Is it a nickname for his future wife, or was there an earlier romance?
As with many items at the Historical Society– more research is needed! Check back for more details in coming weeks.