Horton, Ks. 1913-1915. Twenty-eight real photo postcards. Light wear at edges. Most completed in manuscript on verso, with stamps and postal markings. Very good. Item #2264
Very interesting set of just under thirty real photo postcards that depict views of the small northeastern Kansas town of Horton during the mid-1910s. The sender, who signs himself as "Jules" in his brief manuscript notes on the card versos, was addressing these cards to a friend in Media, Pennsylvania, west of Philadelphia with the excellent name of Dr. Clint Starbuck (although he received the cards in several other locations as well). Several of the notes also imply that Jules was the photographer of the images as well; his full-time career, which he mentions at several points, was as an organizer and leader of revival meetings across the state. His notes to Dr. Starbuck describe glimpses of life in Horton, often related to the photograph: "This is our city hall which we are tearing down. We will have a fine bldg by this time next year. No water yet with springs running low. One big gully washer would fix us just right for the winter." In fact several of his notes concern water or the lack thereof. The images themselves show street scenes in Horton such as parades and other town activities, leisure activities of smaller groups, passing business and politics, street scenes and architecture, military training, and more. Overall, a neat set of images that depict this isolated Kansas Plains town during the period of World War I.