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Edenton Street Methodist Church and Parsonage

This week for Flashback Friday we feature this beautifully tinted, chromolithographic postcard depicting Raleigh’s Edenton Street Methodist Church. The ‘newsy’ message written on this card provides us with a personal glimpse into everyday life as it was in North Carolina more than 100 years ago. It is a delight!

Dear E.
Wish you were out here with us. you always enjoy the country. it is just fun and we are feasting on good things. Margaret is just delighted. she & Ethel and the boys play together real nicely. Miss Pattie [illegible] is out here. She wanted to know when you all were coming home. They are having a meeting at the col. church. we [?] can [?] hear them shout any time. [illegible] went up there last night. We are having such beautiful moon light. Mr H has gone to R. today. it is real hot and looks [?] like a dry spell. They say they need rain. I have not brought it [illegible] Tom & Addie [?] are both well.

Janie [?]

Elma [?] sends love. she is busy all the time.

I was able to transcribe most of the message from Janie [?], but there are a number of places I got stuck. Any help from our Goodnight Raleigh readers?

Edenton Street Methodist Church is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year. Organized in 1811, the congregation has occupied a sanctuary at this site ever since. Our postcard this week shows the third church building. Construction began in 1881 and was completed in 1887. At the time, at 183 feet, the central tower of Edenton Street Methodist Church was “the tallest spire in Raleigh.”  I wonder how many Goodnight Raleigh readers know what became of this beautiful neo-Gothic structure.

Paul C. Koeber Co. (PCK)   1900-1923
85 Franklin Street. New York, NY and Kirchheim, Germany

Published national view-cards and illustrations in chromolithography and in black & white. Much of their color work has a dark heavy feel to it because of the many thick layers of ink they used. In their later years they published postcards using tinted halftones.

The Paul C. Koeber Co. trademark. The peacock (PCK) image probably represented the company’s extensive use of color in its postcards.

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