Newburgh, NY

I don’t know why 1776 is in quotation marks, or even appears on this card at all. This was Washington’s Headquarters in 1782 and 1783, after the Revolutionary War was over. At one point the soldiers, not having been paid for a long time, circulated a few letters proposing a revolt, which came to be known as the Newburgh Conspiracy. Washington made a surprise appearance and talked everyone down, in sharp contrast to a more recent president who confronted a conspiratorial mob and talked them up.

Cincinnati, OH

This postcard was sent from Cincinnati to Frances Murphey of Kent, Ohio in 1940. Frances was then a student at Kent State and a staffer at the Kent Stater newspaper. She went on to become a reporter at the Akron Beacon-Journal for over 50 years. She was an avid postcard collector and had over 200,000 cards when she died. In a story published after her death, a friend said, “Instead of smoking and drinking in college, she bought postcards…she often would write postcards all night.”

In an alternate universe somewhere, Frances Murphey is a household name, and the cards she wrote and received are highly sought after. “No thanks, I already have that one of the Taft Museum,” someone might say. “Maybe so, but this one is a Murphey” would be the reply.