Sometimes the damage is too severe for me. This image is a scan of one of my great-grandmother Minnie’s picture postcards. Before World War I picture postcards were a popular way to keep in touch. Most small photography studios made picture postcards. I like them because unlike many other photographs of the time postcards have postmarks and text on the back. The text on this card is perfectly legible, and as you can see, penmanship was better in 1912 than it is today. Generally the older a handwritten document the better the calligraphy. The two children in the tub are siblings of my grandmother Hazel. Elizabeth was the oldest of Minnie’s children. She was almost one hundred years old when she died. Clifford died long before Elizabeth and Hazel. Hazel wasn’t born when this postcard was made. She was born the following year.