This linen-era postcard features an illustration of
the home known as "Melrose," in Natchez, Mississippi.
The reverse explains, "Built in
1845. One of the best preserved of all the ante-bellum mansions. House, grounds
and furnishings are practically unchanged since the 'forties. Its lofty double
drawing-rooms, with brocatelles, carry the onlooker back into the idyllic past."
The divider on the back reads, "Photo
by Earl M. NORMAN. Natural color postcard made in U. S. A. by E. C. Kropp Co.,
Milwaukee, Wis. (ALL) "
The card was never apparently
mailed to anyone, but it is covered with writing. It appears to be related to a
visit to Melrose. Another notation reads, "bought Dec. 8, 1980, Conover Square."
On another postcard
from this group, a similar note about the date and purchase of that card, in
the same handwriting, includes the information that Conover Square is in Oregon,
Illinois. The writing about the purchase does not match that of the notes
regarding the visit, so I presume that the note-taker (and visitor to these
antebellum homes?) was not the same individual as the collector who later bought
the cards in Illinois.
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see the reverse side of this postcard.
The Great Houses of Natchez
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