Sunday, January 10, 2016

A Case of Roses Will Be Fine

Dear Peeps,

Going through old postcards today, I came across one of my all-time favorites. While the edges are tattered and torn, the central portion of the card remains very intact and beautiful with age. You may have seen it before on -- before the big crash, as I will call it.

Beautiful beautiful rose!

I have always admired the handwriting on the back of the postcard but I don't ever remember having the words sink in like they did today.

June 23/
Hello Anna:
Shipped another case of roses yesterday.

It was addressed to Mrs. Anna Curtius
Port Richmond
Staten Island

It is postmarked Jun. 23 1909

Now Peeps. Postcards keep people and history and love alive! It is one of the reasons I love postcards so much!!

I began searching online and found a very interesting piece of history in Google's free ebooks.

It would appear that in 1919 an Anna Curtius of 366 Watchoque Road, West New Brighton, Staten Island, New York, filed a claim for damages from an explosion of the T.A. Gillespie munitions plant in New Jersey. Peeps, this is your history lesson for today. About 100 were killed. Over 100 were injured. Around 18 were missing. A LOT of money was paid out by the government in settlements.

Now. About that rose shipment. At first I was thinking of stems of roses but then I wondered if maybe it was rose plants for a garden. And the postcard seems a German postcard to me. I would love to find more information about this lady. In searching for the address in New Brighton, I am led to a website of the Catholic Church, I believe. New Brighton and Port Richmond are not so far away from each other. It just brings all sorts of questions to mind.

On that note I will say...

Enjoy this day!



  1. Lynn, you do search out and find the most interesting things. My first thought was long stemmed roses too. The rose is so pretty. I love you!

  2. That's fascinating! There appears to be more than one language at the top of that postcard. Hope you can find out more!

    1. Hi, Karen. I agree. Seems German was the first and biggest on the card so I made a big assumption. xo Lynn

  3. How wonderful, its like been a detective. My first though was cut roses too. Hope you manage to find out more.

    1. It was really tempting to join ancestry just to verify some things!


Dear friends, I love hearing from each and every one of you. I will always do my best to respond and to keep up with your blogs as well. xoxo Lynn