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By BETTY?POKAS, Times Leader Area Editor

July 19, 2012
Times Leader

UNUSUAL happenings such as mail being delivered despite inadequate addresses occurred years and years ago.

There's at least one instance, however, when a child, estimated to be about 9 years old, sent a post card showing a photograph of a man behind a scale (included on this page) from Quaker City to Barnesville. The card sent Aug. 11, 1908, was addressed to "Mrs. Matilda" in Barnesville, and the neat handwriting is very painstaking.

With the postmark on the back, my initial reaction was that it was received by Mrs. Matilda.

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UNIFORMS weren’t required for post office employees in the early part of the 1900s, as shown by this photograph at the Barton Post Office in 1907. The town doctor had his office at the rear of the building.

Further examination, however, revealed a partial postmark of Barnesville on the front of the card so maybe Mrs. Matilda didn't receive the card. Maybe, there were too many Matildas in Barnesville.

In addition, the card was found among the sender's possessions after her death many years later.

The little girl included a familiar message to the Barnesville woman - "We are all well and hope you are all the same."

Transportation and modes of dress have changed over the years at area post offices as shown by the accompanying photos provided by Mr. and Mrs. Donald Ferren and Jeff S. Gazdik for "Eastern Ohio's Pictorial Past."

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