Thursday, April 9, 2009

He's Got Mail

Harry cuts a dashing figure of a man don't you think?

It's Easter and Harry's mother wants to gently remind him of the significance of the season, so she tucks this postcard into her most recent letter to him. She wants him to remember to go to services on Sunday. She's afraid he is often too busy to do so.


He props the card on the dresser of his rented room, where he can see it daily as a reminder of home and family.

This is the second year that Harry has been far from home on the holidays. He is a student of medicine in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Here is a picture of Mother and Papa. Harry looks distinguished like his father, wouldn't you agree?


Mother has always loved to keep up with the latest fashions. She won't wear anything if it doesn't have a designer label.

Harry was too busy to attend Cousin Tessa's wedding last year, so mother sent a picture postcard of the whole family. That's Tessa's mother, Aunt Lydell, holding the family cat.

Harry is sweet on the short blond girl on the left who is only half seen in the photo card. She is his 2nd cousin thrice removed. She is a little young for marriage right now, but he thinks she will be the perfect age for him once he completes his studies. He is sure she will make a fine doctor's wife since she was always willing to play doctor with him when they were kids.

Harry knows that Mother does her best to keep him connected to the family. He's sure she is afraid he'll drift away just as Uncle Harold, the uncle he's named after, did. When Harold first emigrated to Australia, after investing in a sheep farm in the outback, he sent cards and pictures home on a regular basis. But following a strange letter chronicling his plan to order a bride from Indonesia, he has never written again. Maybe he was worried that his unconventional lifestyle would scandalize the family.

Harold sent a copy of this picture along with his proposal to his mail order bride.

The family worries about Harold, even after 15 silent years.


Happy Postcard Friendship Friday! Please humor me on my attempt to give you the back story regarding the Easter postcard to Mr Harry Curtis from his mother. I'm no MuseSwings, but I wanted to get in on the fun! Go here for more postcard mania.

22 comments:

  1. Well I'm worried about him too now! I love the story and the wonderful picture cards. I've seen many of these but they rarely have messages. Glad you got enough messages from the pictures to share a PFF yarn with us!

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  2. This is really amazing that such an intriguing short story can be pieced from just a few postcard images:) I'm giggling:) You have a great mind and sense of humor!

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  3. As you say, distinguished like his father. His mother doesn't seem to carry off the designer clothes with quite the same panache. :) Great story!

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  4. You are really good at this; you had me completely spell bound reading this family's story. Now I am all interested in knowing;
    will Harry ever marry that girl in the photograph?
    And will the family ever hear from Harold again?;))
    It is always very interesting to ponder the faith of strangers on these vintage photographs.
    Wishing you a lovely Good Friday.;))

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  5. What an interesting story. I hope they end up hearing from Harold. Love the old photos and postcards.

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  6. Wonderful story Stevie, tell us more!
    Carol

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  7. Happy Easter blessings my friend and GREAT job on the story! I was totally sucked in until you let the cat out of the bag! ha ha

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  8. Wonderful back story! Happy Easter!

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  9. This is a great group, and a cute story. It's a shame that Harry's Chaplinesque mustache will ultimately fall out of style.

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  10. You did a great job with this. I love how your imagination pieced this family together.. and apart. Well done!

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  11. Great short story about the postcard...very creative! I love to look at old pictures and wonder what was in their thoughts at the time. So intriguing!

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  12. Fabulous creative writing! Please do it again next week for PFF. I was totally wrapped up in strapping Harry's saga.

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  13. Very nice story, dearest Steph. Looking at Harry's photo, it's very much similar to those old Istanbulian gentlemen, really so.

    Happy Easter wishes to you and your beautiful family, may the joy, warmth and love of the season find you all~

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  14. Ohhhh just Perfect! Loved the awesome back-story... and terrific images! The Easter card is beautiful, such delicate carnation blossoms... Do let us know when someone hears from Harold! LOL

    Hope your Easter is Divine!
    ~blessings~
    Pearl

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  15. Great story! I enjoyed the postcards too! Have a Happy Easter!

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  16. Harry is a fascinating man and you are a fantastic story teller Steviewren :-)

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  17. Yes, you did do a great job! And you know I love the name Harry! :)

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  18. Another fantastic blog Steviewren, complete with old pictures and photos. I really enjoyed it! - Dave

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  19. this was definitely fun!! you have areal talent for writing and a quirky sense of humor too. love it!

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  20. You certainly had my attention Stevie...lol!

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  21. you are every bit as good as muse. loved the story. loved the postcards. i wish we had some harry-lookalikes left here in england/scotland, he certainly was a fine figure of a man.

    love to swap with you , say three each.you can choose from mine so far or wait as i am making more....e mail me:jossross@yahoo.com

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