Today, you can interface with any number of people through various social media channels, but 100+ years ago, you might have used…a post card.


Indianapolis, IND, December 7, 1906 2PM

Olean, NY, December 8, 1906 10:30AM

Message (on the front):

Would you like one in return

Agnes Rifner, 850 Linwood Ave. Indianapolis, Ind

To Olean NY

Anna M. Peterson

135 N. 6th St.

Olean, N. Y.

Quick Recon:

Agnes was  born in January 1887 and 19 when she asked to exchange post cards with Anna Peterson.

One of 6 children, her father was a cigar maker.

In 1910, Agnes was a milliner, living on South Meridian with two sisters and a brother-in-law before marrying Otto Overbeck.

She and her new husband eventually moved to Fayetteville, North Carolina.

One response to “Penny Post: Networking, 1906 style”

  1. Patty Lindley says:

    That’s so interesting! My brother and his wife moved out to Olean in 1970 so he could start his job at St. Bonaventure University. They raised six kids. It’s a beautiful part of the country! We love to visit Olean, NY!

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