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Bob Lind, Published October 13 2013

Neighbors: 1907's way of wooing

Guys, here’s a way to get the attention of your girlfriend: Send her a postcard made of leather.

Back in 1907, it worked for Burt Johnstone.

When Burt, of Northwood, N.D. was courting Hazel Hackett, of Cando, N.D., he mailed her some leather postcards.

They did the job. Well, maybe there was something else about Burt that appealed to Hazel, too. But in any event, she ultimately accepted his proposal.

So, they married and lived in Hansboro, N.D.

They were the aunt and uncle of Wayne Hackett, who lived in Sarles, N.D. Wayne married Dolores and they moved to Fargo, where Dolores still lives.

Dolores still has those leather postcards, now more than 100 years old. They mean a lot to her, representing as they do the romance in the family of her husband, who died early this year.

The cards are so faded it’s difficult to determine the amount of postage they took. Fargo Post Office employees tell Neighbors that if leather postcards existed today, they would be acceptable, but the postage per card would be 66 cents.

And, unlike these cards, the address today would include a ZIP code.

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The Forum, Box 2020, Fargo, ND 58107; fax it to 241-5487; or email blind@forumcomm.com