“Dear Felicia, And this is the day of a very severe shower after which, in the evening, you and I went for a boat-ride. You were going to dip the water from one of the boats, when the life-guard boat was turned in and we took it. I am so glad I have these lovely things to look back upon for I am convinced that the remainder of the summer is going to be so strenuous that there will be almost no time for play. We have been having approximately three hundred in the dining room ever since the Lutherans left, and we are told the Industrial Conference is to be five hundred. Tonight is the Emps’ Formal, and unfortunately it is teeming. I am so sorry for them. Last evening there was to be a B.R. picnic at Slim Point and an Emps’ picnic. The rain caused us to plan otherwise. Sincerely, M.E.R.”
This postcard by William Terzian was the first of a packet of cards given to Felicia Gressitt when she was sailing to Japan in 1937 to rejoin her parents and teach at a Japanese college. The daughter of a Baptist missionary, James Fullerton Gressitt, Felicia was born in Tokyo, and was in the U.S. to study at Holyoke (Class of ’36). These postcards were given to her by Mary E. Reed, a dietician at Silver Bay, who explained as follows:
“Dear Felicia, This is a little game for you to play the first few days after you leave San Francisco. Each day read one and enjoy the picture. They are numbered and the reason for following the order given is that thruout the season they follow along special events which I connect with you. I shall always think of Odell’s Island in connection with the picnic supper I had there when Hamp started to row you, Virginia Straus and myself across, and you got out at Slim Point. It was so lovely of you to want me to go that day and I so thoroly enjoyed it. As ever, M.E.R.”
I have cards 1,2, 5 and 6, and will try to post one each day.
In 1938, this Terzian postcard was sent to Felicia R. Gressitt at the Kobe College, Nishinomiya, Japan, with this message:
“Dear Flea: Your suggestion that it might be well for me to see Japan is more than interesting; however, I wonder how great a handicap a lack of knowledge of the language, and the possible absence of any acquaintances, might be. If you have any further ideas please write. Yours, Len”