Thursday, May 14, 2009

Strange Postcard Friendship Friday




To Kenneth Van Patter or Van Patten, Hubbard, Iowa. Illegible postmark.

"Tell the kids Hello! My school let out last Friday the 19 th. Good-bye. All kinds of flowers here now. Hello Kenneth, I rec’d your card. I found you on the picture. Would you like for me to send some little Prairie Dogs? If you do let me know right away for I have my trap set now. I’ll tell you how I’ll send them if you want them. I am well and so are papa and mama. Hope you are well." C. Ri ????

A very mundane card, except for... the prairie dogs. What is going on here? How would one send prairie dogs through the mail, even now, never mind 90 years ago? Live in a cage? Butchered and dressed in a box? (Ugh) I don't think refrigerated or frozen delivery was available then. I sure hope this was an inside or family joke.
Strange.

Viridian61


12 comments:

Postcardy said...

I think people could send things like that by train back then.

Evelyn Yvonne Theriault said...

Maybe the Pony Express (smile)?
Evelyn in Montreal

Mandala Michelle said...

I think they were seriously going to send some prairie dogs. Mmm, prairie dog jerky.

Chris Overstreet said...

No refrigeration. Salty dogs? Mmmm....

ARTERY said...

I like written postcard. You are one of the lucky people who received one.

Marie Reed said...

That is hilarious! What in the world? Boy I'd like a little Prairie Dog myself:) It be nifty to have a little colony in my backyard! Very National Geographic!

Wonder Turquette said...

Yes it seems he wants to receive prairie dogs live in a cage. Have a nice weekend!

viridian said...

Hmm, prairie dog jerky. Now that's an idea. thanks for your comments everyone.

Daryl said...

That is pretty weird ..

Sheila said...

Oh dear, I'm going to show my ignorance here. I'm going to have to go and google "prairie dog".

Terry said...

Hello
Great post ,I am a bit curious about how he planned on sending the prarie dogs .
Perhaps someday in this blogland another card will turn up with the answer .Happy PFF .
Have a wonderful weekend.

Beth Niquette said...

Oh how funny! I am wondering, too, if it is a family joke. (grin) Do people EAT prairie dogs? I don't know if they make good pets...

Kinda opens a can of worms, doesn't it???

I love it!

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