The City of Cape May’s reach is greater than we think. This quaint island just short of three square miles was assumed to be a secret treasure during decades of exiguous travel access. These postcards, however, reveal a more global reach and may have gone where the senders never had. Enjoy these snapshots of time as Cape May’s exposure went international, spanning nearly the entire 20th century, and landing in the hands of friends and relatives in foreign lands.
May 30, 1904
May 31, 1904 sent to Scrabster House in Thurso, Scotland
Far from the madding crowd
Bathing excellent – weather propitious. Everything lovely except —
September 16, 1905
Sent to Bradford, England
We are so sorry we forgot your birthday, you see we have not the dates down + cannot remember them. Will you please send us the date of each. The mat (?) came this a.m it is just lovely. I am awfully proud of it thank your mother for it. Love to all from all
May 30, 1939
Sent to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, West Indies
30/5/39. 1 p.m. Thanks for R’s and your letter of 23rd. fist to hand & glad to learn of the good rains. How goes the trellis? Will try to get the rubber mat. 2 dumb 2 (?)
Please keep the Geneva letter
June 26, 1992
Sent to Essex, England
Dear Aunty Vera and Uncle Cecil, arrived safely on Sunday in New York, went to the Empire State Building and went all 102 floors to the top. The view was amazing. Came down to Cape May on Monday, spent a couple of days sun bathing on the beach and yesterday I started work. The only problem is the mosquitos, I hate them! Weather could be a little better though.