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This black and white postcard features a long front porch with white box columns and white porch railing. Four rocking chairs and three benches are placed on the porch and the house's windows and shutters are visible. Trees are seen beyond the porch. The title along the bottom of the card identifies the scene as "Porch and Gallery at 'Beauvoir' Last Home of Jefferson Davis Midway between Biloxi and Gulfport, Miss." The back of the postcard identifies the item as a postcard and provides publisher information as well as indication for address and postage stamp placement. A handwritten inscription is written across both sides of the card.
It was a thrill to enter Jefferson Davis' home at 9 am Wednesday May 31, 1939. The matron, Mrs. Ingram, was a fine hospitable Southern lady. When Jefferson Davis and his wife came to their home the first time to live, they alighted from their carriage in the back of the house in true Southern style, came through the spacious long hall to the front porch and as Mrs. Davis beheld the beautiful view of the Gulf before her, she exclaimed,"What a beautiful view." He said "That is what we shall call our home: Beauvoir." And, so it is to this day, "Beauvoir" meaning in French 'Beautiful View.' "
L. L. Cooke Co.
Postcards; Beauvoir (Biloxi, MS)
Mississippi State University Libraries, Manuscripts Division, Lucius Marion Lampton, MD Historical Images Collection, Mississippiana Collection, Postcard/Photographs, Box 1: Biloxi Subcollection
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