Postcard from Franklin School in 1910

This postcard was mailed 110 years ago today — June 27, 1910. It shows Franklin Elementary School at 411 E. Seventh St., and the surrounding neighborhood. Franklin School was demolished in 1979 and is today the site of Hillside Sport Court Park. More on the history of Franklin School can be found on

Apparently in those days if you screwed up a print job by referring to the east end of town as the west end, the thing to do was just run a line through west and print a correction line in bold.

The message on the back of the postcard begins:

Dear Mother,

In a few minutes we will land at Mackinac Island. Hope you are getting along [nicely???] …

…and then it gets pretty tricky to read. The name “Mae” appears to be the signature at the end.

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