Friday, July 10, 2009

Harry Buzzell's Postcards Part 1: Stone Bridge, South Manchester, Connecticut

I am inspired by other bloggers that I have been reading to photograph and share a collection of postcards from my great-uncle Harry Buzzell who grew up in Woodland in Aroostook County, Maine. He died in WWI in France and is buried there. So here is the first post of what I hope to create as a Friday series. The cards show scenes from Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts as well as holidays and birthdays. They were sent to and from various family members and friends.

Harry’s mother not only saved the 60 letters that he sent home to Colby in Woodland, Maine,
but she saved many postcards and other memorabilia from Harry’s life. The items in this series were included in the three old stationery boxes in the back of her closet.

Transcription:
Postmark: South Manchester, Conn. Dec. 13, 1914 8:30 p
Address: Mr. Harry Buzzell, #32 Holyoke St., Springfield, Mass.


Dear Harry, Do you remember this place ? We walk here Thanksgiving. Would like to see you Xmas. Hope this few lines find you well and happy. Coz. Ethel

(Ethel is Harry's first cousin, born Oct. 23, 1893 in
South Manchester, Conn., almost one month before Harry. “Ethel gave me a necktie. “ Harry Buzzell mentions Ethel in a letter home to his mother Dec. 28, 1914 saying he had been to visit at Xmas. Ethel and Harry's fathers were brothers. Ethel's father, Fred, moved to Connecticut. Harry's father, Colby, stayed in Woodland, Maine.)

Front of card:
Highland Park, The Stone Bridge by Moonlight

South Manchester, Conn.