Reasons why I find this particular postcard fascinating:
- Name: An addressee name I’ve never heard before: “Alphild” (a traditional Norse forname)
- Uncommon date: Postcard popularity slowed in the 1920s, so this is one of the few I have from that decade.
- Place: Xochimilco is a fascinating location. This postcard was sent before Xochimilco was incorporated into Mexico City in 1928, and retains its distinct identity today. Chinampa is the type of traditional agriculture practice here along the canals, and is a tourist attraction as well.
- Content: I always enjoy reading about how the sender got to their destination, and here William H. mentions a pleasant train journey. What a train ride to Mexico City must have been like in 1920 is fascinating to imagine.
Greetings from Xochimilco Mexico. Had a very pleasant train trip to Mexico City. The weather is Simply Magnificent. How was your trip home? And how is little Alphild?
My Best William H.
- Misses Alphild & Evanna Larson
- 5100 S. Cornell
- Chicago, Ill
Postmark: 17 April 1920 – Mexico
More about the location:
Xochimilco, Early 20th Century
Ca. 1910-1919 Source: Flickr
Further Reading: Xochimilco Wikipedia