Sunday, March 13, 2011

the same old time

1911, March 25, 9 a.m.

Friend-- [?]

Your rec'd [?] ok. will be down to night the same old time you know 8 30 so you go and i will meet you there at the hall


How mysterious!

That big wedge, for you non-NYers, was built in 1902 and is known as the Flatiron Building today, but was originally called the Fuller Building. It's at the triangle formed where 23rd Street, Broadway, and Fifth Avenue intersect. I used to work about a five minute walk from there. Some photos of it here.

Can anyone make out the addressee? "Miss Ehrora. B. Flot"? I love that, but it seems unlikely.

(Click to embiggen, and it's worth embiggening for both the psychedelic color and the look in the woman's eyes, which seem to say, "You???")


punkinsmom said...

I think Fot. That little doo-hickey is on the F in "friend" too.
Very cool

Jim Donahue said...

Fot is even better than Flot!

Mark said...

I'm reading it as "Elnora B. Hot," which sounds like a porn name. said...

If the last two letters of the name are OT, they're written unusually. The O leads into the crossbar, not the trunk, of the T.

I note that this was sent from Hampton, NJ to Bloomsbury, NJ (9.71 miles per mapquest) with the expectation that it would be read the same day it was posted. 1911 has something to be said for it.

Jim Donahue said...

Facebook friend Nancy Babb suggests Miss Elnora B.F. of Bloomsbury, and I think she's right.

Knatolee said...

I thought the surname might be "Fox", with a a very dashed-off "x" on the end.

Knatolee said...

Wow, if you Google "Elnora Fox" you get a lot of hits!

ChefNick said...

I say it's an Xhosa (or Fulani) girl named "Chronu B. Fraf", actually, quite a common girl's name among the West African tribes along the tributaries of the Okavanga Delta at the time, three years before the German occupation.

I can't imagine how she found herself in Bloomsbury, though. That's a total mystery.