Tuesday, August 4, 2009

What's up with Ethel?!

Miss Ethel Greenleaf of Mt Vernon, Washington received her fair share of postcards, but it appears as if she had an aversion to returning correspondence.

In 1907, Marguerite Heritage tried a bargaining approach with Ethel:



Dear Ethel: How are you anyway - Write because I like to hear from you - did you get my other postals - Send me some from out west and I will send you some from here

In 1908, Billy tried the friendly and optimistic angle:




Father used to have a farm 1/2 mile from this old mill and I used to go fishing there when I was a kid. Am expecting a letter soon. is it on the way. Got a few dandy postals lately from friends nearby. Hope I will be out there soon. Yours--Billy

In 1910, L.K. Stelzig was just plain annoyed:



Don't you think you owe me a letter, or a card. It is nearly two months since I heard from you. Yours, L.K. Stelzig

8 comments:

Jennifer said...

Waa! These are great!

Presbyterian Gal said...

Ethel was probably an early version of Britney Spears. She apparently had postcard stalkers!

Rev SS said...

I'm thinking Ethel was born before her time ... if she was living now she'd respond prompbly to email .. and would love blogging!

David said...

Haha, I liked Stelzig's the best :)

Hot Cup Lutheran said...

Ethel... i'm sure she was busy... baking, canning, gardening, rounding up things and children... or perhaps ethel wanted to be left alone to write the next great american novel...

Barbara B. said...

I like all of the Ethel theories! :)

Purple said...

Laughing.

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

These are hilarious . . . and I love that she kept them, guilt trips and all.