Friday, October 16, 2009

Postcard Friendship Friday With Good Luck Wishes

I've found another early 1900's postcard with unusual good luck wishes for Halloween:


A message of good luck for you

The best that you could dream

So let us all be merry

On this joyous Halloween.


Apparently that is a good witch in the picture. Her BFF, the good Blue Fairy is mixing a cauldron of luck to ensure a joyous (?) Halloween.


The year on the postmark is unreadable. My best guess is October 2o, 1904, 24 or 34. You choose.

It was mailed from Grants Pass in Oregon - another state the rest of us never talk much about. The liberal, Caucasian, gun toting, treehugging, hydroponic residents sandwiched between Washington and California would have moved further west had it not been for the Pacific Ocean.

The written message is like a prehistoric discovery. Cave drawings. Footsteps in the sandstone as it were. The author, Ralph, used the text messaging abbreviation "r u" for "are you"! I should send it to the Smithsonian. I'm thinking this find will surely compete with the Prehistoric Barbie!


The message reads:


Dear (unreadable) thithter Ruth,

How r u and Rose getting along in H. School now. Mrs. Gruber, Marie's sister you know, thought you were doing fine. She used to be a stenographer. She, Mr. Gruber and little "Snookie" are coming down Saturday. "Snookie" or LaVon, rather, is a mighty cute baby and we have great times. She comes to me when she won't to her mother sometimes. Love to all, Ralph.


Sounds like Ralph is a fun brother to his "thithter" and a great attraction to babies.


Grants Pass and Medford are located in the Rogue Valley of southwest Oregon. Grant's pass was once a timber town, but now relies on tourism and Medford, once an agricultural area now has healthcare services as the main industry.


Medford, down in the Rouge Valley


Meet the Thunder Egg, an agate filled nodule. The Oregon State rock.


Seed cone of the Douglas Fir, the State Tree of Oregon


A California Native American myth states that the three-ended bracts in the seed cone are a tail and two tiny legs of the mice who hid inside the scales of the tree's cones during forest fires, and the tree was kind enough to be the enduring sanctuary for them. Beautiful!

The name of the tree honors David Douglas, a Scottish botanist who first cultivated the fir tree in Europe. It is one of the most common trees in North America and a very popular Christmas tree choice.
A little too early to think about's not even that lucky joyous Halloween yet!
For more Postcard Friendly Friday fun, stop by and see Marie at Voila! Vintage Postcards.


Mim said...

I have been very delinquent in visiting your blog - put it down to travel and trials - but have missed you. Your comment on my post was very insightful - thanks for that.

I miss my PFF - going to go look for some fun ones to start posting again

Elizabeth said...

Such an amazing post.
Do you remember when LOL meant
'Lots of love'?

Evelyn Yvonne Theriault said...

What a delightful little card with exactly the kind of mood I like at Hallowe'en (as opposed to the more gory interpretations nowadays!).
Evelyn in Montreal

Heather Kephart said...

I love that Halloween postcard! I don't think I've seen one before.

Christine said...

These are the most benign, non-spooky Halloween characters I have ever seen. I vote for 1924 as the year. Divided back postcards didn't come about until 1907. Before that you could only write the address on the backside of the card, so it had to be later than 1904.
As for the Oregonians, you're right sort of. I would say it's very left or very right, depending on what part of the state you're in...the gun-toting regions or the tree-hugging regions.

Christine said...

P.S. I meant benign and non-spooky in a good Caspar the friendly ghost.

viridian said...

Oh, I like the blue fairy. Gosh I had almost forgotten - LOL for lots of love.

Snap said...

I love the old vintage holiday cards. this is a beauty.

Beth Niquette said...

What a lovely post! I enjoyed the postcard and all the interesting things about Oregon and California--both states are near and dear to my heart.

Thank you for sharing and happy PFF!

steviewren said...

Some how the phrase Joyous Halloween...just doesn't have the same impact of Trick or Treat, Smell my feet.....

Sheila said...

Interesting that Halloween cards started so early. I've never yet seen one in Europe, but no doubt that's because I've never looked.

Tricia McWhorter said...

Very fun post.

I remember when LOL meant little old lady. Herb Caen who wrote a daily column in the San Francisco Chronicle coined the phrase (by my memory) sometime in the sixties. The LOLs were a feisty group. I remember one column where Caen described a LOL coming up behind him and another man, inserting her closed umbrella between them and then bashing it back and forth to make them move over and give her room to pass.

Joyce said...

Not sure how I came to find your blog today but found it fun. Love the Halloween postcard with the little saying. Interesting facts about the area. Thanks for posting.

Lanny said...

I'm starting to think I come here to get all riled up in the nicest of ways! Grant Pass and Medford are beautiful places that is for sure. And both still fairly full of agriculture and trees, its just that on the big P 'n L statements other industries look more vital.

Dig the Halloween cards. Luck is necessary when your dealin' with those spirit things you know. And every brother should be as splendid as dear Ralph.

Jeanne said...

I get the witch, and even the Blue Fairy, but what the heck is that thing with the giant yellow head between them?

Marie Reed said...

Good luck getting a pillowcase of Halloween candy! Those little plastic pumpkins never did hold enough, did they?