The Kissing Bridge

Postcard: CrazyasaCoolFox
The bridge you see in this postcard says it's a rustic bridge. It also has another name; that of "kissing bridge." It got it's name in the early 1900's. Local young people on a stroll through the park would pause to give their sweetheart a peck on the cheek or lips if they were daring.

I never kissed a sweetheart there but as a young hoodlum I would ride my bike in the pool on both sides of,  and under the bridge. This ride was done in the winter when the pool was empty or in the summer when the pool was full. It was a great way to cool off!

Atkinson Park is now known as Atkinson Common. The rustic wooden bridge and tower in the background have been replaced with sleek new modern steel, stone, and concrete construction.

The writer is offering a bit of love herself. In her flowing script she informs "Grace" of her arrival at Brown Square Hotel in Newburyport. She most likely arrived by train as the station is just down the street from the hotel. She offers her love as "Momma."

Space on a postcard is at a premium even if it cost a penny for the stamp. Momma continues on the side of the card to offer more love. She says she will write more soon and asks to hear from Grace soon. She then goes on the say that this is her last postal and Fredericks also. It sounds confusing!

Perhaps some of you have a better interpretation of this perplexing message.

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