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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Third in a Series

The picture on this post card is of one of the steam engines pushing a passenger car up the steep incline on Mt. Washington in New Hampshire. Does this sound familiar? These are the opening words on my last two blog posts. In looking through my collection last week, I found a third G.W. Morris post card that very accurately reflects the concept that the sky on many of their cards was added in by hand.
This post card is the third in a series of G.W. Morris post cards that illustrate post card history.

The title on the front is “Jacob’s Ladder, Mt. Washington, N.H.”. This post card was mailed one year before the steam engine #9 Waumbek is to be delivered to Mt. Washington. It is going to be the last new locomotive delivered to the railway for 65 years. In 1973 the next new engine will be #10 the Colonel Teague. It is also the first engine to be built in their own shop.

This card might look strangely familiar – like the first card that I blogged about two weeks ago. Jacob’s Ladder is now brown and there are hand-drawn clouds in the sky. The picture is larger on the card, too.

This is because this is another G.W. Morris post card of the Mount Washington Steam Railway. They used the same picture as the card from two weeks ago, then, added some color and clouds.

Here is the big difference:
This post card was mailed after March 1, 1907. The message could be added to the back of the card, so the picture on the front could be enhanced. It is interesting to see that six months after the law allowing a message on the back was enacted, the sender of this card still wrote a message on the front of the card.

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