Wednesday, January 30, 2013

March 7, 1912

       How are
you standing
these times
fine I hope
I am have a fine
            Bye Bye

Postmarked: Buffalo ________
Addressed: Miss Esther Richardson
                    R.F.D. #2  Va

The writer of this postcard is Atwood Gosney, first cousin to Esther. Atwood is also the writer of the December 13, 1911 postcard.

Monday, January 28, 2013

March 25, 1912

Howard [signed up top]
___________[obscured by postmark]
________wether I am 
up here having 
a time ____ you 
was up here
I seen Atwood few minutes ago
I down here to
 the [station] now
going down on 
the train now tell
Charlie to look 
out I had
my picture mad[e]
to day  from yours
truly friend.

Postmarked:  Danville, Va
Addressed:  Miss Esther Richardson
                     Ringgold, Va
                     R.F.D #2

Howard Roberts is the author of this card to Esther.  Notice the postcard is a birthday card, yet Esther's birthday is in November, not March.  No  where in the body does Howard even wish Esther a happy birthday. I've have seen this happen previously among writers of postcards.  I suspect the writers of postcards used cards they had on hand.

Howard Roberts was an ardent suitor of Esther's.  A number of his postcards and letters will find their way onto this blog - at least through 1915!

Friday, January 25, 2013

March 26, 1912

Hello how are you
standing the pretty
wether. this leves me
all OK hoping find
you the same.
I went to town to
day and I thought
I never get back
the road was so
bad . from yours
friend  Howard
by by              
[On front]

Postmarked: Ringgold, Va
Addressed: Miss Esther Richardson
                  Ringgold, Va
                  R.F.D. #2

Howard Roberts was definitely smitten with Esther!  This card is written by the same Howard of the March 25, 1912 card in the previous post.

Monday, January 14, 2013

February 20, 1912

Hello              Feb 2-20-12
            We are having some
fine weather here now.
Give Miss lucie my
regards. I guess that
is the party you spoke
about. is that right or
roung [wrong]? How is D.T. getting
on? Give Kattie my Love
By By
            W.F Elliott

Postmarked: Ft McPherson, Atlanta, GA
Addressed:  Miss Esther Richardson
                   R.F.D. # 2
                   Ringgold, Va.

WF Elliott is the son of CR Elliott and the first cousin of Esther.  WF Elliott was the writer of previous postcards on Sep 11, 1911, June 18, 1911, July 16, 1910, and Dec 2, 1909.  Miss Lucie could be family friend Lucie Farson. D.T. is Daniel Thomas Richardson - Esther's father.  There is some indication from later letters that D.T. may have been in poor health during part of 1912. Katie is Esther's younger sister.

Friday, January 11, 2013

January 26, 1912

     What are you doing for a
     good time this muddy
     Work is all the good
     time I can find here
     I guess I will after come up
     there to have a good time
     By Bye


Postmarked: News Ferry, VA
Addressed: Miss Esther Richardson
                  R.F D. #2   Virginia

This postcard is unsigned; however, the writer was likely Willie.  The handwriting matches the Willie who wrote the Dec 21, 1911 postcard.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

January 11, 1912

Hello Cousin,

are you standing
this rough weather.
fine I hope. This
is a nice time
for you to go to
school ha. say
tell Nannie hello
for me I just got
   back from

[written sideways at top left]
you bet
I had
a good
I was
real soon
bye bye
from a friend

Postmarked: Dry Fork, VA   [Pittsylvania County, VA]
Addressed:  Miss Esther Richardson
Charlie Giles was the son of Columbus and Virginia Giles.  In the 1900 census the Giles family is listed on the same page as H. L. Richardson, D.T. Richardson's brother.  I am unclear of the "cousin" relationship between Charlie Giles and Esther. Nannie is likely Nannie Lee Farson - Esther's best friend and mutual friend to Charlie and Esther.

Monday, January 7, 2013

January 3, 1912

     How are your
boys[?] now fine I guess
I am feeling kind
of bad now.
I am glad to
say that we
are not going to
move so far off
Bye By wishing you a
bright and happy New

[in L margin]
Friend Willie

Postmarked: News Ferry, VA
Addressed:  Miss Esther Richardson
                   R.F.D. #2

The identity of Willie is not fully known.  He appears to be an ardent beau of Esther's.  Based on the handwriting Willie may be Willie W, author of this October 16, 1911 postcard.

Friday, January 4, 2013

January 1, 1912

Hello!  Hope you arrived
home all O.K. Was very
sorry that I did not go
with you. I did not go any
farther than Danville. I came
back on the train that eve.
Somebody said they would have gone with you all if
I had said so. Don’t you
think that was nice. Tell Nannie Lee hello. I have a trade
for both of you all. write real

[Continued on top right]
 soon and
tell me
the news.

Come again real soon
Somebody wants to see
you. ha ha

Postmarked: Witt, VA
Addressed: Miss Esther Richardson
                   RFD #2

This postcard is from Hattie Yeaman, first cousin to Esther and daughter of Eliza Ann Richardson and Isaac Yeaman. The Yeaman family lived in Witt, Va.

Nannie Lee is Nannie Lee Farson, best friend to Esther.  Nannie Lee was the author of many letters to Esther.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

December 21, 1911

     How you
standing this
rainy weather
we are not
going to mine
until after
            Bye By Willie

*Written on L side and L corner torn:
[..]ishing you a happy Xmas

Postmarked: News Ferry, VA
Addressed: Miss Esther Richardson
    R.F.D. #2

The identity of Willie is not known. Based on the handwriting and the postmark, Willie is Willie W of the October 16, 1911 post card.  He appears to be a friend and early suitor of Esther's.