Thoroughfare to Eternity

The Sepia Saturday prompt shows the annual blossoming of cherry trees in Washington DC. A long procession of blossoms is how the deceased sees their last trip to the hereafter at this cemetery.

Etta's message to her sister Hattie has two oddities. First her message is about train departures from Newburyport to a West K. (West Kennebunk, Maine) Yet her sister lives in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Perhaps they have relatives in West K?

The rail line in Newburyport is Boston & Maine's eastern branch to Maine and West K. was a stop on that line. The rail line is Haverhill is Boston & Maine's western branch to Maine and West K. could have been reached with a transfer as the two lines cris-crossed. Today the eastern branch is non existent north of Newburyport. The western branch still exists and is used by Amtrak's scenic Downeaster rail service.

That  other oddity? In 1914 Etta used a postcard of a scenic drive in a cemetery. It's a beautiful card undoubtedly, or is there a subtle message to her sister.

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Brett Payne said…
One hopes there's no subtle message!
Little Nell said…
But why have postcards of cemeteries anyway unless people accepted the as the norm.
Alan Burnett said…
Such postcards will have been the text messages of their time. The difference is that none of todays text messages will be around in 100 years time to perplex generations to come.
Wendy said…
Who wouldn't want to be buried along Hydrangea Drive? I suppose the postcard was a good ad for those looking for a burial plot.
Postcardy said…
Etta probably liked the pretty flowers on the postcard.
Bob Scotney said…
We will lose a lot when postcards go even if they sometimes are of cemeteries.
Boobook said…
Maybe Etta never even looked at the card properly. LOL.
What a lovely cemetery. I wonder if it still looks the same.
I for one, love cemeteries. Many are very well kept and have beautiful landscaping. One particular cemetery in my hometown has several miles of beautiful walking trails that I use each time I visit my parents, it is very peaceful and as a side benefit a number of my ancestors are buried there.

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