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Object Name Card, Greeting
Date 1913 postmark
Description Greeting card (holiday postcard). Color-printed and embossed illustration of a holly branch draped with a red tassel, and a circular inset illustration of a church in snow. Printed inscription: "Across the miles / that part us, this / little messenger shall bear / my hearty Christmas / Greeting". Fine print at bottom has number "863". Reverse side is addressed to "Miss Alice Austen, / Rosebank, / Staten Island, / N.Y." and has handwritten note, "From / Alma, / Betty & / Oswald." Reverse also has printed headings. Postmarked in Los Angeles, California, Dec. 20, 1913. Postage stamp value is one cent. Cancellation stamp reads, "WORLD'S / PANAMA-/PACIFIC / EXPOSITION / IN SAN FRANCISCO / 1915".
(Keywords: Holiday, Twentieth Century, New York City)
Acquisition From Alice Austen
Ownership and History This card is part of a collection of personal items that came to the Staten Island Historical Society from photographer Alice Austen in 1945.

The "Oswald" who signed the card is most likely Alice Austen's cousin, Oswald Townsend Austen.
Earliest Date 1910
Latest Date 1913
Material Paper
Subjects Christmas cards
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Austen, E. Alice
Austen, Oswald Townsend
Catalog Number 45.002.0032
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, January 2015.
Legal Status Items represented here are from the collections of the Staten Island Historical Society. Materials reproduced for personal non-commercial use must credit the Staten Island Historical Society. Commercial licensing is available.