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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Lost Dog

Lost Dog

1910 Postcard photo sent to my great-grandmother. This photo is still in our family collection. The back reads: "The dog whose picture is on the other side is lost in your neighborhood. If you find any trace of him let us know and recieve a reward. Forever, I P Schear, Geneva, Ind." It is addressed to: "Mail Carrier R.F.D.I. Bryant, Ind" and the postmark is "Dec. 27 8am 1910 Geneva, Ind." View full size.

 
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