Mss.31.51a and Mss.31.51b Postcard: Ireland – Undated
Postcard displays a visual representation of the hand of friendship between the two nations of the United States and Ireland. Below the hand of friendship is the flag of each man’s respective country. Notice how the flags become intertwined, a symbol of how the two nations are inextricably linked. The poem reads, ‘Who casts a spell on Irish worth, a stain on Irish fame, who dreads to own his Irish blood or wear his Irish name. Who scorns the warmth of Irish hearts, the clasps of Irish, Let us but raise the veil and shame him where he stands.’ On the pole of the American flag the words ‘Love from all K.K’ are handwritten, and on the pole of the Irish flag is ‘write soon.’ Postcard addressed to James Kavanagh Mrs Henderson 11 Foyle Road, Londonderry Ireland.
Mss.31.47a and Mss.31.47b Postcard: The Brayton – 2 March 1906
Photograph of The Brayton at the corner of 27th Street 62 Madison Avenue. Handwritten message reads, ‘this is where I work don’t you think it is high enough. E.G.K.’ back of postcard addressed to Mr James Kavanagh, Mrs Henderson P East Mall Londonderry, Ireland.
Mss.31.57a and Mss.31.57b Postcard: Irish and American flag – 20 May 1907
Front of postcard showing two hands, one below the Irish flag and one below the American flag shaking hands across the Atlantic Ocean. The personal note reads, ‘I hope you have not forgotten that we are still living- Nellie.’ Addressed to Mr J. Cavanagh, 11 Foyle Road Londonderry Ireland.
Mss.31.61a and Mss.31.61b Postcard: The star spangled banner – 6 February 1906
The background of the postcard displays the sheet music for the American national anthem, the Star Spangled Banner. In front of the music a young soldier is pictured raising the American flag. Handwritten message reads ‘just a card hoping you are all well and hoping that someday in the near future we will all be in. From your brother Paul.’ Addressed to Mr Jim Kavanagh Mrs Henderson 8 East Mall Londonderry Ireland.
Mss.31.64a and Mss.31.64b Postcard: A reminder – 5 March
‘A reminder’ postcard, urging the recipient to send a letter of correspondence. A poem is printed on either side of the illustration. The poem reads, ‘If a body write a body get no reply, may a body ask a body what’s the reason why? Addressed to Mr James Kavanagh 8 Henry Street Derry Ireland. Handwritten, ‘I am still waiting a letter from you. I hope Sarah is keeping strong and that all the family are well best. Love from all sister Nell, write soon.”
Mss.31.67a and Mss. 31.67b Postcard: Here’s a hurry up message for you! – 16 February 1906
A coloured illustration of an unobservant postman being chased by a dog while riding his bicycle. Handwritten message reads, ‘Dear Jim, I guess you forgot I want post cards. I need not tell you how glad I am you are in dear old Derry again. Tell Lizzie I will write for the next post.” With love to all Mary. Sent to Mr J. Cavanagh, care of Mrs Henderson 8 East Mall Londonderry, Ireland.
Mss.31.98a and Mss. 31.98b Postcard: For Auld Lang Syne – 15 September 1924
The rhyme reads, ‘A part tho’ we may wander far, and oceans roll ‘twixt you and me, the best of friends we surely are, and still clasp hands across the sea! Fresh news of you I long to hear, so hurry up and send a line, Don’t keep me waiting, there’s a dear, Just for the Auld Lang Syne.’ Back of postcard addressed to Mrs Cavanagh 17 Alexandra Place Derry Ireland. ‘Dearest Sister and brother, I hope to see you all on Thursday. Will arrive about 12 noon at the boat side, all news when we meet. Best love to all from Nell.’