Antique Postcards

 ~ Sachse Family of Jackson Missouri ~

These postcards are part of a shoebox full of cards that my father bought at an auction 40 years ago, in Jackson Missouri, Cape Girardeau County. Cape Girardeau is where we lived at the time. I’m sure Dad did not pay much for these. Most of them are all correspondence to/from this one family. The biggest portion of them seem to be to “little Marie Sachse”, some from relatives, but most seem to be from a doting father. I can’t help but think that Mr. Sachse was a travelling salesman, and possibly sold postcards! The reason I think that is because there are quite a number of unused cards that have the sales information printed on the back, or salesman’s samples. All of this group of cards are from about 1908-1918. To see other (unrelated) postcards click HERE.


The card above has nothing written on the back. Once again, I’m guessing, but this is possibly Mr. and Mrs. Sachse?


(Above) The Sachse home, with Momma and little Marie on the front porch?


1903 0r 1908? This is the back of the card with the house on the front. To Miss Bertha Sachse, possibly on if the group of sisters?


(above) Miss Marie? Miss Bertha? I don’t know.


Possibly all the Sachse children. We know about Miss Marie and Miss Bertha, maybe I could glean more names if I took the time. Notice the one little boy in this picture and how he was dressed. He looks to be a kind of grubby “all-boy” character, even though dressed in this gown and stockings.



Notice on the back that this card is an advertisement for “CYCLE and AUTOMOBILE TRADE JOURNAL”. On the very end of the card in small print it says; Made by the Chilton Printing Co. Americans my age will realize immediatly that this Trade Journal is the forerunner of what became “Chilton’s Auto Repair Manuals”. Back in the good ol’ days when a guy could get under the hood and fix it himself, every home mechanic had a Chilton’s manual to his own model of car.


PLEASE notice the subcription price! Very reasonable. The way it is addressed and delivered is amazing to me! It’s just addressed to Messrs. Grant & Gray. I’m sure it would be undeliverable in today’s world, but apparently 100 years ago in Jackson Missouri, the Postmaster knew exactly who to deliver this to.


The U.S. Navy 1908

 I have a confession, not all of my card collection is as interesting as these first few that I’ve shared. Many are unmailed. Many have just flowers on the front. In keeping with the theme of this blog, I’ve tried to share those that best represent “AMERICANA”.

It seems to me that this picture is most likely indicative of the ENTIRE 1908 fleet. I wonder how this compared to other nation’s pre-WW1 fleet?

fleet front

Once again, this is addressed to a member of the Sachse family. I think thatMam’s must be an abbreviation for mademoiselle. Please notice that there is no actual address. Not even a street name, simply c/o Bertha Gorman. Obviously it was delivered succesfully, as was the rest of the collection from the Sachse family.

fleet back


 I learn so much more about history when I post these old cards! This time I’m learning about William Jewell College which is apparently steeped in history. One of the co-founders was the father of the infamous bank robber Jesse James. After the Civil War, Jesse robbed a bank and killed a man just blocks away from the college.hall

As the picture shows, this building is brand new. The postcard is from 1912, and the ground is bare and the road is dirt. New Ely Hall was built to accommodate a large number of students as the college experienced rapid growth. Built in 1910 and 1911, Ely Hall was named for Mr. Lewis B. Ely of Carrollton, Missouri, for whom Old Ely Hall had been named. It houses approximately 125 first-year women.

Ely Hall currently houses: Facilities Management (including Custodial Services), Campus Security Office, and Bowles-Skilling Student Health Center.


This card is sent to Miss Marie Sachse, care of John Sachse, who must be her father?Of course no street address was needed. Jackson Missouri was quite a traveling distance from Wm. Jewell College in those days. That fact makes me wonder if the distance would be travelled on the Mississippi and Missouri rivers.


What a nice way for a Sunday School teacher to remind little Marie that she’s loved and missed at her class.



NOTHING written on the back. I do know that Taft defeated William Jennings Bryan, the great orator who argued against Darwin and evolution at the infamous Scopes “Monkey trial”.

taft sherman

William H. Taft

Born: 15-Sep-1857
Birthplace: Cincinnati, OH
Died: 8-Mar-1930
Location of death: Washington, DC
Cause of death: Heart Failure
Remains: Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA

Religion: Unitarian
Occupation: Lawyer, Judge
Party Affiliation: Republican

Executive summary: 27th US President, 1909-13

James S. Sherman

AKA James Schoolcraft Sherman

Born: 24-Oct-1855
Birthplace: Utica, NY
Died: 30-Oct-1912
Location of death: Utica, NY
Cause of death: Heart Failure
Remains: Buried, Forest Hill Cemetery, Utica, NY

Religion: Protestant
Occupation: Politician
Party Affiliation: Republican

High School: Whitestown Seminary (1874)

University: Hamilton College, Clinton, NY (1878)

US Vice President (1909-12, under William Howard Taft)


I notice that these are mailed from Galena Ill., and is sent to a different Sachse girl.

Does that say Bertha Sachse? Plus, here we see a series of postcards with the same theme.



6 responses to “Antique Postcards

  1. What a nice find!
    I descend from Otto Sachse but I don’t think there is any relation. Otto and his family came from Prussia to South Africa in the late 1800’s.
    I don’t know much about the the history so it is always nice to find interesting things like these.

  2. jennygoth

    the post cards are fantastic must be worth a fortune i loved them xxjen

  3. Sharon Hagen

    Interesting that there is a town named Sachse, Missouri, and that my great great grandfather Wilhelm Sachse, who emigrated from Prussia, lived in Missouri for a while before he traveled on to Texas. Interesting to speculate about the possible relationships. I believe Sachsen was a province or state within Germany and those so named are people of that place, long ago.

    • Thanks for commenting! I remember reading something about Sachse, Texas, but didn’t know there was a Missouri town too. I would really like to know about the Sachse family that sent and recieved these postcards. Wouldn’t it be cool to find relatives who know who these folks are?

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