Help Us Solve
the Mystery of this Card #4
The world famous American poet and playwright Gertrude Stein moved to Paris in 1903. One of her best known works, which she created in 1913 was entitled Sacred Emily. The poem contains Stein’s most quoted line: “A rose, is a rose, is a rose.” General acceptance of the line suggests that a rose is a rose and there is little that can be done to change it. A rose is a rose, not a car or a hat or a girl. Therefore, it is absolute truth that naming a girl Rose does not make her one.
In Paris, then, it did not matter where the rose was or who owned it.
I am sorry to say, the only thing I can tell you about this month’s mystery card is, “It’s a rock, it’s a rock, it really is a rock.” It’s a big rock. But, to solve this mystery we need to learn, where the rock is, how it got there, and how-on-earth was it broken the way it is.
The image is a real-photo, evidenced by its silver-halide luster. There is a name at the right edge that when magnified reads: STOKES. From nearly four decades of experience with postcards, your editor suggests that the card is from the 1910s or 1920s.
Regrettably, better clues are unavailable. If you have the good fortune to know or learn anything about this rock, please share. Contact Postcard History’s editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.