Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Rabbit Wright and Her Postcards

I enjoy my postcard collection so much. I only buy ones that I like or that have a interesting story. The ones that show people in them are the best, such as in this picture. Postcard collectors focus on the style, divided backs, the stamps, linen or not, handcolored or not and many other details. There are many unique PCs out there. My hobby started with family history. I wanted to write my own family history using just postcards. Then I discovered cemetery PCs. By researching the cemetery depicted I learn so much. Some places that I would have never thought to dig into suddenly becomes interesting.
The picture here is of Orchard Knob in Chattanooga, TN. Here was the Battle of Orchid Knob, a exciting battle that Ulysses S. Grant commanded. Upon taking the ridge General George Thomas conceived the idea for a cemetery. Today the National Cemetery at Chattanooga holds the graves of some 37,000 American veterans. The cemetery holds the remains of veterans from the Revolutionary War to the Gulf War and 186 graves of German prisoners-of-war from both World Wars. It is the only national cemetery to contain the graves of foreign POW's.
I looked on line for current pictures of the cemetery and it doesn't look anything like this PC from 1909.
Two cemeteries I am on the lookout for are my own cemetery here in Corona, CA. I have only one and at that I only have the image because someone else in town has the orginal. The other is my future place of residence, the Sunnyvale Cemetery in Valley Center, KS. I can't find anything on it, much less a PC. I begged my sister in law to begin the research since she lives nearby. The only thing I know about it is that the rows are real wide because they used a horse drawn "lawn mower" contraption until a couple decades ago. Oh! and I know many people that are buried there. There is always the mystery!


Judith Richards Shubert said...

I still love all of your postcards. Isn't this a beautiful cemetery. You can see everything so much clearer when you click to enlarge it. Thanks for adding this post.

Hope you'll stop by soon over at Genealogy Traces or Cemeteries with Texas Ties and say hello!


Evelyn Yvonne Theriault said...

This is one of the greatest postcard themes I've seen in a while.Don't know why I never noticed this series before!!!
I'll be back to keep on reading through them.
Evelyn in Montreal

A Member of The Association of Graveyard Rabbits