Monday, October 18, 2010

1947 postcard of Todd's Head, Eastport, Maine; desperate S.O.S.

Postcard showing Todd's Head, Eastport, Maine, postmarked June 20, 1947, Pembroke, Maine, and addressed to Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin.

Pembroke is a town near Eastport, Maine; it's situated on Cobscook Bay and features a powerful Reversing Falls at Mahars Point.  The falls grow to a maximum at tidal midpoint; the water is slack for a few minutes at high or low tide.

Todd's Head was once considered the most easterly point in the continental United States, until more sophisticated equipment was developed and the point subsequently moved to nearly Lubec, Maine.  In the background is Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada, where the Summer Cottage of Franklin Delano Roosevelt is now part of an international park.

The card's greeting will bring a knowing smile to any Mainer or tourist as the writer is asking desperately that her warmer clothing be sent at once.   "This is a S.O.S. note."  No matter how warm a summer, it's not a bad idea to have a hooded sweatshirt at the ready, especially if out whale watching on Passamaquoddy Bay or the Bay of Fundy.

And a further request: "also my garters to my girdle - send them right away".

Thought you might get a kick out of this.  Thanks for stopping by!

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