Friday, November 13, 2009

Postcard Friendship Friday! Wishing on Wishbones

Postcard reprinted with kind permission of


Happy Postcard Friendship Friday! This colorful Thanksgiving postcard includes a verse:


May your Thanksgiving be happy

And when the dinner is through

May the biggest part of the wishbone

Be the end that's held by you

Ahh that magical wishbone. Only one to a bird. Something to fight over when there are more than two folks at the table. I get dibs on the wishbone! No you don't, you had it last year. Did not. Did. - besides, you got the drumstick. Maaaa!?!?!

Well, you have a lucky break this year, and so do vegetarians! Synthetic wishbones are available in packages of all sizes from 3 to 300. Sorry, you'll still have to fight over the drumsticks until someone comes of with a four legged bird.


Ed and Millie mailed this card November 24, 1914, from Penn Square Station in Philadelphia to 11 year old Alice E. Desmond in Providence Rhode Island. How do I know Alice was 11? Because I found her obituary! It appears she enjoyed an interesting and full life.

I attempted to find information and a picture of Penn Square Station, but came up empty.


Narragansett Indians meet with Roger Williams


Alice's address still exists in Providence, which is the capital and the most populous city of the U.S. state of Rhode Island, and one of the first cities established in the United States. Providence was founded in 1636 by Roger Williams, a religious exile from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He named the area Providence Plantation in honor of "God's merciful Providence" which he believed was responsible for revealing such a haven for him and his followers to settle.


Providence circa 1850

The separate plantation colonies in the Narragansett Bay region were very progressive for their time, passing laws abolishing witchcraft trials, imprisonment for debt, most capital punishment, and on March 18, 1652, chattel slavery of both blacks and whites. Most religious groups were welcomed, with only some restrictions on Catholicism.


Providence, circa 1950

According to The Onion - Our Dumb World Atlas of the Planet Earth, which I like to reference for accuracy, Rhode Island, the basic unit of geography, exists solely for the purpose of describing how big other land masses are. For example, it's about 1/3 the size of Puerto Rico and you can fit about 76 Rhode Islands in Portugal.


.The Rhode Island Red is the official state bird of Rhode Island. Is too. Look it up.

The Providence thanksgiving table might include a few local dishes.


Snail Salad

Several foods and dishes unique to Rhode Island and hard to find outside of the state include
Hot wieners, which are sometimes called gaggers, weenies, or New York System wieners, are smaller than a standard hot dog, served covered in a meat sauce, chopped onions, mustard, and celery salt.


These look something like the Lafayette Coney Island Hotdogs served in downtown Detroit, but.....hmmmm...celery salt?.? Patooie!

Famous to Rhode Island is Snail Salad, which is served at numerous restaurants throughout the state. The dish is normally prepared "family style" with over five pounds of snails mixed in with other ingredients commonly found in seafood dishes.

Grinders are submarine sandwiches, with a popular version being the Italian grinder, which is made with cold cuts (usually ham, prosciutto, capicola, salami, and Provolone cheese). LinguiƧa (a spicy Portuguese sausage) and peppers, eaten with hearty bread, is also popular among the state's large Portuguese community.

Johnny cakes are one of the oldest dishes, and stuffies (stuffed clams) are one of many seafood specialties.

Johnny Cakes


Providence today

Thank you so much for stopping by!!!

For more PFF fun stop by Marie's place at Voila Vintage Postcards!


viridian said...

Once again, a lovely post. Sweet postcard. Google is amazing, isn't it, to find out so much.

AnitaNH said...

Ah, yes, the wishbone! I really enjoy your posts. I'll be back to check out your collage art!

Bob of Holland said...

A sweet card and wonderful story. Best wishes for Thanksgiving to you too.

Renee said...

Oh Cynthia I feel like I am home.


Evelyn Yvonne Theriault said...

What a ``meaty`` post your prepared for us this time!
Evelyn in Montreal

maryt/theteach said...

What an extensive and informative post, Muse Swings. An excellent job to tell my more about Providence Rhode Island. I live pretty nearby in New York City! Can't believe there are plastic wishbones! My brother and I used to share the wishbone every Thanksgiving! :)

Debs said...

at last! a thanksgiving blog post that acknowledges us vegetarians! thanks you...and once again, a mine of information here.

Snap said...

Great post! Fake wishbones! What next? I'm afraid I'd pass on the snail salad. Happy PFF!

Beth Niquette said...

I loved the postcard and enjoyed all the fun facts you've shared in this blog. Wonderful!!! Happy PFF!

Sheila said...

Synthetic wishbones! And do they snap perfectly in half so that no single person has more than their fair share of the wishes? :)

Postcardy said...

I used to get the wishbone because I was born on Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving was when my birthday was celebrated.

Mim said...

Synthetic wishbones! gotta get me some of those. Since I live in MA - RI is very close and it's just as you have described.
Love your header!

Cynthia Pittmann said...

What a fun list of facts! I'm glad you included a bit for the usually left out vegetarians-me! Ha! We had that wishing tradition, too. You must wait for the bone to dry for best results-otherwise you pull and pull and the bone just bends and bends! So Puerto Rico is not so small afterall! Great news to those of us who hear that we are just a speck on the ocean!