Saturday, January 26, 2013

Woman holding a parasol -- identified?

We recently obtained a photo postcard with the image of a young woman holding a parasol, standing among many trees.

The reverse of the postcard bears the message: "Dear Mrs. Chase We will be home the latter part of this week and can fully enjoy a rest. Looking forward to see you I am With best wishes Mrs. Burns." Addressed to Mrs. Jim Chase, Kalamazoo, Michigan. Postmarked September 15, 1908.

In 1908, the only family named Burns in the city directory was P.H. and Zerelda Burns, with a daughter named Anna, who lived at 308 W. Wabash Avenue.

Could this be Anna Burns? If you look closely, the woman is standing in front of a street, which may be Wabash Avenue, because it appears that the Wabash College Arboretum is in the background, across the street.

Here is the approximate location today, as seen in Google Street view, looking south from 308 W. Wabash:

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