Postcards from America
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This first card was sent to Miss Alma Knowles of Falmouth, Cornwall from New York in 1909. It was produced to mark two events. the first Henry Hudson's search for the Northwest Passage in 1609 which yielded the discovery of the mouth of the Hudson River whilst the second was the introduction of the first steam ferry across the Hudson in 1809 when a company was formed with a capital of $50,000. They acquired a lease for nineteen years from the Corporation of New York and from the proprietors of Jersey City of their respective rights, wharves, and boats at New York and Paulus Hook respectively. Robert Fulton was applied to to construct a steam ferry-boat, the details being left entirely in his hands.
The second card in this group was also sent to Miss Alma Knowles of Falmouth, Cornwall by her cousin Julie in New York. The Knowles family were living on Victoria Place in 1904 but Alma does not appear on the 1901 census.
This third card was sent from Rensselaer County near Albany, New York State. It shows the Falls at Irwins Mill. This area was famous for its Iron mills.
This card was sent internally within the USA. however I thought I would include it as it shows a view of Champions Mill on the Copper Range Railroad in Michigan. I also include it because it was sent between members of the Oates family who came originally from St Just in Penwith.
Calumet became the most civilized community in the Copper Country. The district includes the sites and properties that represent major elements of Michigan's copper industry in the Keweenaw Peninsula. These deposits were first mined in the early 1840s, setting off a boom which spurred settlement of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The international consequences of this boom brought experienced miners from the copper mines of Cornwall, England. Cornwall, then the world leader in production, would soon be surpassed by Michigan.
This card did not have a message on the back so must have been sent over in an envelope or brought back to Cornwall possibly by one of the miners in the picture. I wonder how many of the miners shown were from Cornwall.
A lovely card showing that the women's movement was strong in California. I found the card in a second hand shop in Camborne.
This next card was sent to a Mr Jenkins a Green Grocer at Falmouth from a relation named Perry who said that it was a picture of their house in Scales, Illinois. I found the following entries for the cemetery in Scales:- Perry William, b 1817 in Cornwall, England, d Mar 22, 1885, 67y 11m Margaret B., b 1823 in Cornwall, England, d June 25, 1894, 70y 11m 3d Peter, 1856 - 1925 E. Mary, 1858 - 1937
The wording on the front of this card reads as follows:- The ruins of the New Hotel, Santa Rosa, Cal., after the earthquake and fire, April 18, 1906. Although Santa Rosa lies about 30 kilometers from the San Andreas fault, damage to property was severe, and 50 people were killed.The card was sent to Master Cyril Stewart of Redruth.
Another card found in Camborne, this time in a charity shop. This is the Tom Reed Mine in Oatman Arizona. In the area, you will find the Tom Reed Property which was extremely rich also the Vivian, Gold Road, and Boundary Cone. Localities in an area about 10 mile long by 7 mile wide on west slopes of south part of the Black mountains, with Union Pass sometimes included, discovered in 1864, had a total production through 1931 of 2,045,400 ounces of lode gold.
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