I have restricted each entry in the Directory to one card. Where there is another excellent card, I will put it on this page with a link to the Directory entry..
This card is addressed to Mr AF Partridge of Leominster in Herefordshire, England. The Hereford Journal of 17 June 1905 reported a cricket match in which a Mr Wolfenden bowled A. F. Partridge. Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald of Saturday 26 March 1910 reported Mr. A. F. Partridge, Leominster was one of four competitors entered a competition in response to the offer by the Royal Agricultural Society of a prize of £100 for the best hop-drying apparatus.
On 5 October 1968, in advising of the death of his son, AL Partridge, the Kilvert Society newsletter referred to the death in 1957 of AF Partridge, the grand old man in the pith helmet who had been the weakly baby baptised at Clyro Court Farm by the Reverend Francis Kilvert. Mr Partridge attended all the Society’s events up to his death.
The reference to the White Star Line above the addressee’s name seems likely to be an indication of the desired mode of conveyance. The era of mail-carrying steamships started in 1839, when White Star Line’s archrival Cunard was awarded a mail contract. By 1859, post offices were being put onto steamships, but it was only in 1877 that White Star ships could use the much-coveted designation RMS (Royal Mail Steamer). To make sure that the companies met the stringent requirements, the contracts had to be renewed every few years.
By the terms of White Star’s 1899 agreement, their mail ships had to be the fastest, largest, and most efficient. They were required to make a weekly mail run and could go no slower than 17 knots. Mail contracts were lucrative as well as prestigious.
Alice Lee Roosevelt Longworth (12 February 1884 to 20 February 1980) was an American writer and prominent socialite. She was the eldest child of President Theodore Roosevelt and the only child of Roosevelt and his first wife, Alice Hathaway Lee. She led an unconventional and controversial life. Alice married Nicholas Longworth III, a Republican U.S. House of Representatives member from Cincinnati, Ohio, who ultimately would rise to become Speaker of the House. A scion of a socially prominent Ohio family, Longworth was 14 years her senior and had a reputation as a Washington D.C. playboy. Their wedding took place in February 1906 and was the social event of the season. It was attended by more than a thousand guests with many thousands gathered outside hoping for a glimpse of the bride. She wore a blue wedding dress and dramatically cut the wedding cake with a sword (borrowed from a military aide attending the reception).
Alice publicly supported her father’s 1912 Bull Moose presidential candidacy, while her husband stayed loyal to his mentor, President Taft. During that election cycle, she appeared on stage with her father’s vice presidential candidate, Hiram Johnson, in Longworth’s own district. Longworth later lost by about 105 votes and she joked that she was worth at least 100 votes (meaning she was the reason he lost). However, he was elected again in 1914 and stayed in the House for the rest of his life. Alice’s campaign against her husband caused a permanent chill in their marriage. During their marriage, she carried on numerous affairs. It was generally accepted knowledge in D.C. that she had a long affair with Senator William Borah, who was the father of her daughter, Paulina Longworth (1925 to 1957). Alice was renowned for her brilliantly malicious humour, even in this sensitive situation – she had originally wanted to name her daughter “Deborah,” as in “de Borah.”
U.S. Souvenir Post Card Co.,
I assume that this is the same company as the Souvenir Post Card Co., N.Y.