Some of the fronts of the postcards are featured in the book too, but the real focus is on the messages. The book is tiny, barely larger than a postcard itself, but it is full of great messages:
Monday Morning I am feeling fine expect to get a new leg today.
Everything went fine, except the fire...
Do you remember the fat man we saw out here Aug 2
Sister I did not go to the fair after all. Jimmy brought home some real bananas kinder think he'll die before morning.
I have looked at a lot of postcards and I also tend to focus on the message side, but I have never seen so many unusual, cryptic, and hilarious messages on postcards. I wondered how Deborah was able to find these. She must have spent years going through boxes in antique stores and flea markets.
I also wondered if the unusual nature of the messages had something to do with the fact that they are all from Maine. I have a number of Maine postcards. Here are a few.
Very few of my Maine postcards have any message at all on the back, including the ones that were sent. None of these do, not even the last one, sent in 1925 to Miss Elizabeth Hall on Great Diamond Isle in Portland, Maine. No message, not even a signature. I know that Mainers have a reputation for saying very little, so I assumed that this might account for the lack of messages.
Maybe the cards with the great messages never make it out of the state. I don't know. I noticed something else about the messages in the book though. Fat is mentioned in a number of the messages, something I found very unusual. I have also never seen haint written on a card, as in Dear Sister I haint heard from you for some time... I think it was a good idea to limit the cards in the book to Maine cards, because you get a sense of the place as well as the era.
If you want to take a closer look at the book or order one for yourself, you can find it here on Amazon.com.