1922. A charming group of children's hand painted postcards with an intriguing association. Presumably painted by "Elisabeth" the sender, to two girls in July 1922, care of Mr. Graham Miles, Alexandria Bay, New York.
Graham Miles, a stock broker and hydroplane racer married Louise Clover Boldt, the daughter of George & Louise Boldt, wealthy Philadelphians and owners of Boldt Castle in the Thousand Islands. They married in 1907, had a daughter Clover Wotherspoon Miles in 1910 and divorced shortly thereafter. In 1912, he won the APBA Gold Cup Race. In the April 1910 Federal Census, the Miles' were living at 89 Park Avenue in Manhattan with four servants. Mr. Miles (Myles) profession is a stock broker. Miles was an alumnus of Cornell, class of 1897 and is listed in their 1922 alumni news - "The entire Boldt estate at the Thousand Islands, which at the time of the owner's death was valued at $5,000,000, has been purchased by Edward J. Noble, (inventor of Lifesavers candy) and A. Graham Miles ' 97, who married Mr. Boldt's daughter Clover..." It is not clear how he is related to any of the three girls on the postcards.
The recipients of the two addressed postcards are Miss Henebry and Miss Camilla Cole.
The cards are postmarked Mount Kisco, July 14 & 15, 1922. 7 cards, splitbacks, printed in Germany as "Postkarte" is printed above the address lines. The word "Postkarte" is blacked out on all but one of the cards. Perhaps this has to do with anti-German sentiment after W.W.I. George Boldt, the founder of family fortune in America, emigrated from Germany in 1864.
The images are in black ink on cream card stock, depicting children with a balloon, sitting on a dock with a toy sailboat in the lake at her feet; playing with dolls under a tree; a winter scene of two girls all dressed in warm clothes, a girl on a swing, a picnic with a rabbit nearby; a boy skating and pushing a girl on a sled. All but one are in fine condition, one is vertical line through the middle. Item #25928