Peterson Postcard (1919)

Torger Peterson's house - Ohop Valley (1916)
Torger Peterson's house – Ohop Valley (1916)

This postcard of Torger Peterson’s house in 1916, not long after it was built, was authored by Helen Peterson.

You might think, “Wow, that place must have been famous to have its own postcard,” but it’s actually an RPPC (Real photo postcard).

RPPC Cards
“In 1903 Kodak introduced the No. 3A Folding Pocket Kodak. The camera, designed for postcard-size film, allowed the general public to take photographs and have them printed on postcard backs. They are usually the same size as standard vintage postcards (3-1/2″ x 5-1/2″). Also known by the acronym “RPPC”.

Kodak’s 3A camera pioneered in its use of postcard-size film but was not the only one to make Real Photo postcards. Many other cameras were used, some of which used old-fashioned glass plates that required cropping the image to fit the postcard format.” (Per Wikipedia.)

Peterson Postcard - side 2
Peterson Postcard – side 2

Helen’s Card
For those of you who can’t read second grade writing well, it reads . . .

Eatonville, Wash., March 19, 1916
Dear aunte Ti ane
I will send you a card of our house. I am going to school and I’m in the second grade. 
Thank you for the nice things you sent us for Christmas. With love to all. Helen Peterson
Images courtesy of Linda Lewis.
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