Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

One of the exciting aspects of the Rudd photographs I acquired recently is a large selection of postcards. The family traveled and wrote postcards to send back to various individuals in Oklahoma. To meet the Sepia Saturday prompt, which shows a footbridge crossing a small body of water, a canoe on the water and some people, I am drawing on a few of these postcards.

Postcard 2

On a Wednesday in 1955, H & I sent this postcard to R. L. Fields. H & I had stayed in Galveston for a day and planned to stay one more day before moving on to Houston, then Dallas before heading home. They enjoyed a boat ride on the Gulf.

Postcard 4

Sunday at 12:30, Louise wrote to Minnie. She had stayed with Grace’s uncle the night before after driving 480 miles. It was just a stop on their trip to Yellowstone, via Royal Gorge and Salt Lake City. This image is of the Royal Gorge Suspension Bridge in Canon City, CO. You might remember Minnie was the owner of one of the previously posted photographs, showing her and her grandparents.


Dorothy & Otho have a sense of humor. In November ’55, they wrote to Mable Stong that “after an early morning boat ride along here we have decided we won’t need to borrow your tooth brush” — whatever that meant.

Postcard 1

Last and certainly not least, Helen wrote to Mrs. Floyd Rudd in July ’69. Santa Fe, NM and the surrounding areas are amazingly beautiful, as Helen says, “any direction we look.” They were having a good time and hoping for rain at home.

For more photos and postcards possibly showing a bridge, water, people, and possibly even all in the same image, click over to Sepia Saturday!

Bridging the internet

Bridging the internet

11 thoughts on “Boats, Bridges over Water, People

  1. Wendy says:

    That suspension bridge makes me wonder where they stood to build it. Eek. The toothbrush comment is funny – there must be a “prequel” to that postcard.


  2. postcardy says:

    I am wondering the same things as Wendy.


  3. Bob Scotney says:

    The Royal Gorge Suspension Bridge is really impressive; there must be a tremendous view from it – do they allow pedestrians to cross it?


  4. Deb Gould says:

    I would rather shoot myself in the foot than go over the Gorge bridge. Holy Smokes!


  5. Little Nell says:

    A nice collection of bridge images, but a little mystery for us to solve? As to borrowing someone else’s toothbrush, I can only say ‘Eeeew!’ To follow Deb’s comment I’d rather cross a bridge (and I have a natural aversion to them) than share a toothbrush.


  6. I wonder how the Royal Gorge Bridge will react to stormy weather. In those circumstances Little Nell may prefer a toothbrush after all…


  7. Jo says:

    Great selection of cards, but I wouldn’t like to cross the Gorge bridge either :-) Jo


  8. Vacations to Galveston or Colorado are believable but a trip to the Ganges in India? That’s a real trip!


  9. Jana Last says:

    Great postcards! I think that suspension bridge is terrifying! I would probably be white-knuckling it the whole way across!


  10. ScotSue says:

    A lovely collection of iamges, but WOW that suspension bridge!!. You would never get me near it. .


  11. marseea says:

    I saw that one card was addressed to Mabel Stong, am wondering if this was the Dorm Mother and artist at the University of Arkansas in the 60’s, have been looking for her (also known as Virginia Stong). If the person who posted this could tell me the city where it was addressed, that may help me find her. Thank you!


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