In the vein of “my family member went on an exciting vacation and all I got was this postcard”… Here is one of the most boring postcards ever.
My grandfather went to the U.S. South on vacation without my grandmother. I’m not sure if this postcard was meant to show her that he wasn’t really having a good time:
Who decided to make a postcard of a ship’s prop? And what convinced my grandfather that my grandmother would enjoy such a postcard? The reverse side of the postcard doesn’t help:
“U.S.S. North Carolina Propeller – Wilmington, North Carolina
The 34,500 lb. propeller is identical to four still installed below the water on the battleship. Each revolved at 199 RPM to give ship speed of 27 knots. Engines had 30,250 HP for each of the four shafts.”
“Dear. It’s Tuesday [unknown]. We’ll hit Florida today. It’s nice and warm here this a.m. Hope all are well. Love”
Battleships are really interesting, but I the prop is not a highlight for most people (except nautical engineers). I love such absurdly boring postcards – they are a collecting speciality of mine (so please feel free to send me any.)