Monday Marginalia – Mattie’s Spurned Beau


Remember the interesting postcard from a spurned admirer?  The one to Mattie Longmire?  Well I found a follow up one that seems by the writing to be from the same admirer.  This one is from June 1908 in Lu___, Tennessee.  I couldn’t read the month on the other so I can’t tell you which comes first.  Again it’s hard to read the writer’s message, partly due to age, partly due to penmanship, partly due to cramming so much in there.  This one gets very creepy in a crazy stalker kind of way.  I’m not sure if that’s my modern woman mind alarms.  I’m thinking this after the ship card because he seems to say it was the 28th.  I’ll do my best.  So shall we continue the story of Mattie and her suitor?  As always if you can improve on my attempt at transcribing please let me know.  The comments are open below.


My Dear Little Girl Mattie,
How are you by this time I am sorry you have to _____ for wash. If I had my say I wouldn’t let you do anything. I thought I would send you a lot of doges this time to match all the cats. (in pencil) Ha Ha (end pencil) I believe you said you thought more of dogs than you did cats. So you know I _______ to ___________. ____________ You live best I have been fl____ today been(?) hot and mad at the old nite (?) Flys they have been something my sister and I all with. They were dead. I have killed sveral of them today. (in pencil) by by you (end pencil)
Well the lost letter came today to OGR I this to be a fool for I not the rich(?) man as he go__ ____ and was ___ not the 28th

So why write to a gal about killing flies then go back and write in by by you? Same for the ha ha after the comment about the dogs on the front. It seems Mattie wrote a letter back. It appears she claimed it was a misunderstanding about dates. However our writer seems to think it’s the money the other many has. Oh and he had his dates right…. and is a good fly killer.

Thursday Throwback – The last Spring Break


Spring 1987

It was Spring 1986. Mike was about to graduate college the next quarter. Yes quarters then not semesters. I was just a year from graduation. We were on our last Spring Break of our life. It was a cool windy March in Florida and in the ocean was a bit cold on the windy day so we flew a kite. About the shorts? What can I say it was the 80s and neon was cool baby.

Monday Marginalia – A fine Violet Postcard

Violet postcard frontViolet postcard back

This is a lovely embossed design on the card. All the flowers are embossed to give them depth and texture. I just found it lovely and imagine it cost more than regular cards at the turn the of the century so I expect the Leo was trying to impress Freedy on her birthday. Continue reading

Wednesday Words – Kentucky State Oath of Office

I was listening to Unsolved Murders:True Crime Stories podcast about the assassinated Kentucky Governor William Goebel.  There they mentioned that the Kentucky State Oath of Office still contains references to dueling that came from Goebel’s duel with Sanford.  So I had to look up the current text.  Do beware if you have been involved in dueling in any manner you are not eligible to hold state office in Kentucky.  Read on to see the oath as it stands today. (oh BTW great podcast follow it fun & entertaining way to learn history) Continue reading

Freaky Friday – Finding Dulce Base


underground by Chris Frewin on Flickr. Who granted use under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic posted with photo. Thanks Chris!

Welcome to 2017 Freaky Fridays. I took a break over the holidays. Now I’m back with tales of an underground base that is uneasily shared between aliens and humans complete with a Hall of Horrors that were gentic testing results between earth life (including humans) and alien life. Apparently at one point the uneasy sharing of this base resulted in a shoot-out fight between aliens and humans. I’d not dived into these but noticed them referenced in fictional works. So I decided it was time to jump down this rabbit hole and see if I could come up with a theory on how this got started. So what did I find?

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Thursday Throwback – Cathage Snowman


Welcome to 1973 in Carthage New York.  It’s Mike there with his little brother Mike.  Now look at Mike’s face and tell me that Mark’s not going to be crying soon after being hit by a snowball. LOL!  Mark looks like he’s disgusted by the snow.  I know how you feel Mark I was glad to move back south.