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Undesirable customers in Duluth

This postcard hit the mail 110 years ago today, sent by Hazel Britts to Capt. Luther Haleto of Provincetown, Cape Cod, Mass. The card is hand-dated June 27 and postmarked June 28, 1907. The illustration shows a banker closing his doors to “undesirable customers,” two black bear.

“Dear Capt. Hatch,” Bretts wrote. “Wow, what do you think of the wild and wooly west?”

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hbh1

about 2 years ago

Hazel Britts was the daughter of Charles A. Britts, who was a prominent banker in Duluth. She appears to have lived her whole life at 2201 E. Superior St. (Born c. 1897.) My interest was piqued by this, thinking there would be a romance I would find. But though Hazel appears many times in Duluth's social pages, there is never, not EVER, a whisper of interest in male company. She plays bridge, she entertains female visitors from out of town who are involved in the war effort, is involved in the Red Cross, and is apparently an excellent golfer and tennis player. She graduated from Central High in 1906, then from the Normal School in 1912, and attended Wellesley College for a time (as did many of Duluth's wealthy young ladies). She traveled to Europe in 1923. 

Perhaps she met old Captain Hatch (in 1907, he was about sixty years old and married) on her travels to Cape Cod. He was a fisherman. Perhaps she met him and found him picturesque or he regaled her with tales down there on the cape waterfront.

hbh1

about 2 years ago

A photo of Hazel Britts from the DNT in 1914.

hbh1

about 2 years ago

And her passport photo in 1923:

hbh1

about 2 years ago

She usually doesn't appear to be working (being a rich man's daughter, I guess), but sometimes she shows up in the city directory working as a stenographer.

hbh1

about 2 years ago

Actually her birth is around 1895.

hbh1

about 2 years ago

Crap! Let's amend that... someone got her age wrong in the 1930 census, and I was puzzling over the age changes... But if she graduated in 1906....? Then other sources put her as being born c. 1887, which makes a lot more sense.

Cory Fechner

about 2 years ago

HBH1 for the win!  👍
Awesome!

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