We are mailing it in today, but for good reason. It's the @usnatarchives #archiveshashtagparty and the theme is #archivespostcard 📬💌
This well-worn early 20th-century postmarked postcard shows Market Street looking toward Market Square. You'll notice the trolley lines in the center of the street and the two-way traffic of both cars and horses. [PC0977]
Sent October 15, 1918, from Portsmouth, the postcard was addressed to Mr. George E. Jones M. M. 1/c at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Portsmouth (Kittery, Maine).
The M. M. 1/c would be Machinist's Mate, first class.
Don't get us wrong, we love a good postmarked postcard filled with mostly trivial bits of information about the weather, the trip, or the location. Feels how we might text each other today. But sometimes the messages offer a bit more for us the chew on over 100 years later.🍿
✍️"Shall expect to see you soon walking up this street. It didn't look at all natural to me. We have been quite busy to-day, how about working some Saturday night? Yes? No? Beth inquires for you every day. Is just the same old girl. We don't use the spray to make her work. --Joan[?]."
With the hope we transcribed correctly, we have a few questions / comments.🙋♂️🙋♀️
First, George is in the hospital, but Joan's got a work schedule to fill. More importantly, should we be worried about Beth? Is she human? What is the spray?😩 #justiceforBeth
We don't know anything about Joan or Beth, but we do know about George.
During WWI, in July 1917, George Elmer Jones (1890-1963) enlisted as a machinist's mate, second class, in Portsmouth. On his draft registration, we learn that he was a clerk at F. W. Lydston's, a men's clothing store on Congress Street. So asking someone in the hospital if he can work Saturday tracks. #screamsinretail
In September 1921, George married Florence Parker in Portsmouth. The couple had two daughters & the family lived in nearby Eliot, Maine. Census records show George was an iron worker and a machinist. He also was an employee for the Memorial Bridge. Sadly, he died in an automobile accident.
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