Seneca Rock

Seneca Rock

Postcard sent from my grandfather to his estranged wife in December of 1943.

The legend reads “Seneca Rock 900 feet high, overlooking old Seneca Indian Trail or Warriors Path, which was the Indian Highway from New York to the South in West Virginia.”

A climbing friend of mine has “been to the top of that rock more times that I can count via a hundred different routes. I have no doubt some of those Native Americans took a detour to the summit too. The right-hand peak is only about three feet wide at the top, a person can sit with each foot dangling over the opposite valley.”

The postcard reads in a crimped script:

Darling-

Arrived as usual, O.K. Will be in Montgomery for part of next week, so don’t fail to write. Do you still remember? Keep smiling.

Be seeing you.

          Love Del.

It was one of two mailings sent from Mullens, WV in the same day. A letter and this card went to two different addresses in Mon City. He was either unsure exactly where she was staying or simply wanted to cover all bases.

He was thirty eight at the time and had three kids who had been shipped off to his mother.

Vintage Advertising

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Found this on Tumblr today while looking for something else. I’m assuming this is a bit of Photoshop fakery that looks like a vintage 60’s ad. I think it’s a fake because my old man subscribed to all the magazines (from Argosy through Playboy) that this ad would have run in.

As a kid, I guarantee, if this was in any mag in the house, I would have found it. And I would have run to my room with it. Never. To. Return.