A summer break for Molly’s Canopy

Sepia Saturday 532. The series about Albert Barney Charboneau — my paternal grandfather’s brother who died in the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 — will continue in September. For now, a summer break.

The dog days of summer are upon us, so Molly’s Canopy is taking a break in August to refresh and regroup. The vintage post card below captures the spirit of this blogging vacation.

The card was sent in August 1908 by Aunt Gertie — who was vacationing in upstate New York — to her niece Olive J. Wilcox in Winfield, New Jersey.

Am spending my vacation here & wish you were here today, It is grand here & so cool by the water. With love, Aunt Gertie

Neither woman is related to me. But Mountain Lake is near Gloversville, N.Y., where my mom and maternal ancestors lived — and that prompted me to add the card to my collection.

I doubt Gertie or Olive could have imagined that 112 years after this affectionate post card changed hands it would end up on a blog in cyberspace.

But such is the beauty of the internet — and the timeless allure of a boat floating gently in the moonlight on a cool mountain lake. Here’s hoping this image sustains you through the heat of August!

Molly’s Canopy will be back in September — well before the autumn leaves commence their colorful cascade — to resume the ongoing series about Albert B. Charboneau.

Meanwhile, enjoy the rest of your summer! And throughout August, be sure to visit the blogs of the other intrepid Sepia Saturday participants who will be posting weekly here.

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