My grandmother kept this congratulatory letter from her brother after the birth of my mom. It’s surreal to know that this is how people once communicated because this is all they knew. My uncle got word of my mother’s birth through a written letter. Not an electronic message, television, radio or even a newspaper. After getting the news my uncle sat down, put quill to paper and wrote his sister a letter of congratulations.
“Dear Lillian and all, December 16, 1931
Congratulations, your card was forwarded to me by Emma (?)
So it is a girl, and you gave her a name i always liked
How I would like to meet her and i would like to send her a present worth while but will have to wait until I am doing something. but she will have something coming so you can tell her that for now.
I am glad you are all right for i must admit I was worried.
The cards you sent out are the best I ever saw (can’t read the following 4 words)
I wrote Bill yesterday suppose he has my letter by now.
Sorry I can’t send you some money to help you out but may be able to send some later.
Write when you are able and tell me all the news.
Sweet memories 🙂