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This color postcard features a close-up stern facing view of a naval battleship. The ship name "Alabama" is in a placard on the hull of the stern and a United States flag flies in front of the mast. The title along the tip of the card reads "1271 U. S. Battleship "Alabama." 713 Officers and men. Length 368 feet. Main battery 18 guns." The back of the postcard identifies the item as a postcard and provides publisher information, as well as, indication for correspondence and address placement. A green one cent postage stamp is placed in the upper right corner and the card is postmarked Seattle, Washington October 17, 1911. The card is inscribed and is addressed to Mrs. Alma Knickerbocker in New London, Iowa.
Oct. 16-11 Dear Sis--Why don't you [?] Do has. I am awefully lonely--Bus dull--hard to float bonds without cash to play first fiddle--you must not forget how far away I am. Bonnita darling auntie does love you so--and all [?] such kisses grand-ma--aunt Dora gets-too bad--[?] Nell will have to try to get some on paper. Lots of love--My head is bursting-Have lost [?] Will [sic]
Edward H. Mitchell
Postcards; United States. Navy--Ships
Mississippi State University Libraries, Manuscripts Division, Lucius Marion Lampton, MD Historical Images Collection, Mississippiana Collection, Naval Battleship Subcollection
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