I've been trawling through eBAY recently, and found this. We're usually looking at the photo on the front of the postcard, but this time it's the back that's more interesting. I'm pretty sure it was sent in 1907 by a relative of Sean, one of our regular contributors.
Here's the text:
Dear Miss O'Sullivan,
I wonder how you would like to live out in the East?
Somehow, I seem to prefer the East to the West. I suppose it is because I am used to it.
With best regards,
Chas. W. Olson
6 Altonater, [spelling?]
North Circular Road,
From Sean's website we know that John Olson I had a son Charles William Olson, born in 1888. That would have made 'Chas W Olson' 19 years old in 1907, which sounds about right based on the content of the postcard.
The postcard also suggests where Charles was working in 1907. Here's what we already know about his working history:
- 1904: Working at C. E. Warren and Co.
- 1906: Listed as an Assistant at the International Banking Corporation based at 9 Queen’s Road, Central. (Research Brian Lewis)
- 1917: Also in the 1917 Dollar Directory, Charles Olson pops up as working for Thoreson and Co, Shipping Agents and living at 98b Wanchai Road. (Research Brian Lewis)
- 1922: It is also noted in the China Directory that C.W.Olson is now joint manager of Thoresen and Co.
- 1923: The China Directory of August, 1923 lists him as a director of Thoresen and Co.
From this postcard, there's a good chance that he was working at Thoresen & Co in 1907, when this postcard was sent. The stamp gives the clue...
On the eBAY page for this postcard, the seller notes:
VICTORIA postmark on KE VII stamp, DOC perfin (Det Oversiske Compgnes Thorensen Group).
Wikipedia explains that: a perfin is a stamp that has had initials or a name perforated across it to discourage theft. So here the perfin is DOC, standing for 'Det Oversiske Compgnes'. The seller notes it was part of the Thorensen Group. Allowing for a typo, it was more likely that DOC was the perfin for Thoresen & Co.
Then the only remaining mystery is Miss O'Sullivan. Who was she, and how did they know each other?