Susan Marie Molloy

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Back in Time: A Baby’s Valentine


I enjoy hunting, specifically hunting for old keepsakes. There’s the excitement of finding things one might not see anywhere else, except for a small-town museum or in an antique store. And, when I’m lucky, I’ll find something incredibly useful for my home. It’s partly how I am furnishing our cottage, and at better prices than cheesy brand new crapola from China.

Several months ago, my beau and I headed out to an estate sale, which promised a slew of books and sewing notions I was curious about.

In one of the bedrooms where the sewing notions were up for sale, I found this undated, possibly late 1920s or very early 1930s, Valentine’s Day postcard:

You can see that the red ink has faded.

On the reverse is this handwritten sentiment: “This being June’s first Valentine’s Day, I wish her many, many happy ones. With love and kisses for her. Mama Jahony.”

I know that the postcard belonged to the lady at whose house this estate sale was being held. I don’t know if the postcard’s sender was her mom or grandma. It’s hard to guess.

You probably can guess how surprised I was that no one in the lady’s family wanted the postcard. Maybe she didn’t have kids, maybe she didn’t have nieces and nephews. All I know is that it is worth to me what I paid for it.

I couldn’t stand the thought that it would be thrown out as garbage.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

And if by chance, (Baby) June is still alive, Happy Valentine’s Day, June!

©Susan Marie Molloy and all works within.


Author: Susan Marie Molloy

Hi, and welcome to my blog. I am a published writer, poet, photographer, freelance editor, artist, and career analyst. Growing up in a bilingual family helped me foster my love of languages. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science, a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, and Master of Arts in History. My short stories, poetry, and photographs have been published in the Emerald Coast Review (18th and 19th editions), newspapers, and in many other publications. I enjoy Pre-Code films, photography, music, travelling, history, reading, and living each day to the fullest in The Oasis. My publications include Engaged (an anthology of my poems), The Crowd of Turin, God of the Sea: A Short Book of Poetry by the Seashore, Grapes Suzette and Other Poetic Epicurean Delights, Gallery Night, Indigo Fantasy, The Green Gloves, Puppy Love, Supreme Theater, and others. I am currently working on an anthology of my short stories, including a roman à clef tale, and am in collaboration with another artist in writing a novel. My books are available through Amazon. Check them out. Buy them. Read them. Send me your thoughts. I look forward to hearing from you.

2 thoughts on “Back in Time: A Baby’s Valentine

  1. It’s funny what becomes of peoples old “treasures”………

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