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Vintage postcard: Green Lake “Scene,” 1906

What do you think? (2 Comments) February 1, 2011 at 4:47PM

Every Tuesday, we publish a vintage postcard from Green Lake’s past. These postcards were generously shared with us by Green Lake residents Mark and Mary Griffin. (You can find previously-published postcards here and here.)

This week’s card is titled “Scene, Green Lake, Seattle.”  It was mailed in December 1906.

“We live one block from this lake,” the handwriting on the side of the card reads.

From the bottom: “Dear Aunts in Aledo:- I was 8 months old last Monday and weighed 18 lbs 9 oz – Helen Virginia – I celebrated the same date with 17 lbs [illegible].”

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Mary Griffin, who shared this card with us, reports that it was mailed by infant twins Rose Elizabeth and Helen Virginia Thomson to their fraternal twin aunts, Janet ”Nettie” and Nancy “Nannie” Thomson, of Aledo, Illinois.

“Rose and Helen were born April 17, 1906,” Mary says. “The Thomson family lived at 7811 Stroud Ave North, now about where the John L. Scott parking lot is.  Helen became secretary to six University of Washington presidents. Rose married a Kenneth Skinner, who was a University of Washington professor.”

You can read more about life in Green Lake during the decade between 1900 and 1909 here.

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2 Responses to “Vintage postcard: Green Lake “Scene,” 1906”

  1. Guest says:

    Based on the information provided about the twins, I don’t think that the postcard was mailed on Dec 2nd, as stated.

    The postcard mentions the twins turning 8 months old “last Monday”, and if you look, Dec 17, 1906 was a Monday. But that would put the postcard being mailed sometime after the 17th. I think the postmark is for Dec 2x, but we can’t see the second digit of the date.

    • Anonymous says:

      Wow – great catch! Thanks! I’ve modified the above to read: “It was mailed in December 1906.”