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Vintage Linen Postcard

Natchez, Mississippi

Date Unknown

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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