Frank

The Postcard Love Story of Emil & Bell: Emil Is Waiting and Wondering

May 25, 1909
Vulcan, Michigan
To: Bell(e)
From: Emil

Hello, Belle. I surely thought I would see you at the ball game. I don’t think I will play anymore because the game broke up in a row Sunday. I am going home Sat. morning but will be back Sunday. May be down Sunday-eve. I’ll bet you was pretty tired after that dance. Sincerely, Emil

Postcard: “I’ll be waiting for you.”

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Our story picks up on a postcard Emil wrote on a Tuesday. Bell (which he spells Belle this time) hasn’t come to watch Emil play baseball the past Sunday. And he’s disappointed. Look at the little jealousy coming out when he mentions the dance. Also note, this card was sent two weeks after Bell sent Emil the spooning card and saying she was having a good time.

Might there be other boys? We’ll find out soon. One more thing…why do you suppose he wrote the letter upside-down?

The Postcard Love Story of Emil & Bell: The Intro

Our story starts in 1909 with the courtship of Bell, age 15, and Emil, age 19. The lovebirds live approx. 10 miles apart in a mining area of northern Michigan. That’s a long distance at a time when there were very few cars and most transportation happened with horses.

As the story unfolds over their 3-year romance, we’ll see the frisky cards of the Edwardian Era. The message on the front – the selection of the postcard itself – is sometimes as important as the messages they write to each other. We’ll see them wooing. Being jealous. And filling their cards with innuendo.

I blanked out their family names. I struggled with this decision, but decided the family names didn’t advance the story.

Let’s get started.

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May 7, 1909
Loretto, Michigan

Emil, I’m having a good time. -Bell

Postcard: “Spooner’s Delight. Oh Sweetheart t’would be fine to cuddle you, If you only would tell me that you’d like it too.”