Sepia Saturday - Cow Card

Going along with the Sepia Saturday theme I dug out this old post card with cows looking very curiously at the photographer.

Old Town Hill is not in Newburyport as the card states, it is in Newbury. Newburyport was once part of Newbury and broke away in 1764. It came to be better known than it's parent due to shipping and shipbuilding industry on the banks of the Merrimack River. I suspect the photographer just developed many photos from the Newburyport area and lumped them all together.

There are fine views of Plum Island and the ocean from the top. One can still find curious cows on Old Town Hill.

Message: Much love from Isabelle just going to bed good night all. Julia
Addressed to: Mrs G. Muh 89 Stuyvesant Ave, Brooklyn
Postmark: Newburyport, July 21, 1910 7:30 AM
Photo: CrazyasaCoolFox
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Nancy said…
I love the old rural postcards. The cows do look very interested in the photographer. Most cows I've known give a glance and then go back to what they were doing.
Bob Scotney said…
The way to get a cow's attention is to have a dog with you. With all those stone walls on the postcard the scene could be in Yorkshire if the indivual staones were smaller.
Postcardy said…
I am surprised that one can still find cows there.
Little Nell said…
It does seem a strange subject for a postcard, however pretty. The message is a bit odd too - the author would have been at home with Facebook, where people seem compelled to document the minutiae of their lives.
Deborah said…
I love coming across old postcards ... and their messages!
Karen S. said…
The cows seem to have it all! Great photo for SS, and it's so funny how the writer just simply wrote...I'm going to bed!...kinda weird almost for a postcard...I'd be wanting more, but I know at least they got something in the mail right!!!
Betsy said…
love old postcards! And that is a nice one!
This is so neat. Thanks for the bit of history of how the towns changed too.

Happy SS,

Kathy M.
I always think of cows this way, peering over hedges to see why I'm walking by. Lovely card!
I had never heard of Plum Island (or Newbury w/o port), so this was interesting!
Kristin said…
maybe the people at home wanted a cow postcard and the message was secondary.
Wonderful cow card. Quite fun. And isn't it amazing how often messages back then were so short that they remind me of Twitter. Being the cheap person I am, when I send a postcard I fill up the space with my note. Often times the notes are so short you wonder why the people bothered.
Every time I see one of these old cards I remember as a young girl sending postcards in the 40's and paying 1 cent. This almost looks like a painting. Great post Mr. Crazy Fox.
Alan Burnett said…
Wonderful stuff. It could have been a text message written 100 years later : but will be be able to study such text messages and their surrounding pictorial detail in 100 years time?
PattyF said…
Very bucolic scene. I find the message even more fascinating than the scene, however. While a good many of them that I've read have been short and sweet, none have ever been quite so "twitter-y." I suppose it was the sender's explanation for not writing a longer message. Excellent post!
Howard said…
Interesting old postcard. The 'JV' on the front and the 'V and Sons' on the back signifies James Valentine and Sons of Dundee, Scotland. I didn't know they published postcards in the USA.
Thanks Howard. I didn't know that. I'm finding many of my cards have been published in Europe. I have a number of cards published in Germany. Thanks!

Patty, postcards were very twittery weren't they. I love this old cow card.

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