Saturday, May 25, 2013

Wild West ~ Commissioned Card

A week ago I met a wonderful lady that had seen my cards in a local store "Claywerks" downtown Bremerton.  I happened to be in the store and we talked about my cards.  During the conversation she asked if I had any "cowgirl" cards, she had a friend that had a birthday coming up and would love a card that fit her. At the time I didn't, but I let her know I could make one. I had the perfect image in mind. This is may Annie Oakley image. The card turned out perfect for the occasion. 

I stamped red on red VLVS! Harlequin Background, layered papers and leather fringe added twine from May Arts and a little spur charm.

The story doesn't stop there.  This post card intrigued me.  On the back the date looks like Oct 14, 1908, 1910, 1916 or 1918 (I can't make out the year.) It was mailed from Everett, WA to Stanly, Wisconsin.

The subject matter of the card is what caught my attention!!!  The very top on the back J.S. wrote" "Got so interested in a socialist speech that almost forgot to go home." Then later writes, " You ought to be here some Saturday night when they have their political speeches on the corners. Especially the socialists."

I decided to do a little research, the reference to Everett got the best of me, since I don't live far from there.  Here are a few things I learned.

During the 1910s, the Socialist Party of Washington was one of the largest state affiliates of the SPA in the Western United States, touting a membership which peaked with more than 6,200 paid members. -Wikepedia
In September 1911 Maley made her way to the Pacific Northwestern region of the United States to take over as editor of the Socialist newspaper The Commonwealth, based in the mill town of Everett, Washington. During the time she headed the financially struggling paper, Maley earned her primary income as a public lecturer, drawing very little income from the paper's coffers. Maley remained on the staff until the end of May 1912, when she left wage a campaign running for Governor of Washington.-Wikepedia
Everett Massacre 1916 - The Everett Massacre of  Sunday, November 5, 1916, has been called the bloodiest labor confrontation in Northwest history. On that day a group of Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), also known as Wobblies, traveled from Seattle to Everett aboard the steamers Verona and Calista, intending to speak at the corner of Hewitt and Wetmore avenues in support of a strike by local shingle-weavers. - 

Maybe J.S. attended one of these speeches over 100 years ago!!

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