If it's your birthday today, I hope you're spending it in a boat full of roses and forget-me-nots.
The card was addressed to Miss Lola Bonjour, who, despite her name, was not a French dancer. Instead, she was a farmer's daughter born in 1924 in the small town of Apple River, Illinois (current population 366.) Later in life she taught cake decorating and knitting and crocheting. In fact she still knits and crochets. How do I know? Because I had a nice conversation with Lola who is alive and well. This card went off in the mail to her yesterday.
The message on the back of the card reads:
from jours friend.
I found an Andrew Stuessy, born in Switzerland in about 1864, who lived across the border from Illinois in New Glarus, Wisconsin. Lola couldn't remember offhand who Andrew was, and since there is no postmark it's hard to pin it down.