The postcard was sent to
Miss Luella Mowry in Georgiaville, RI and has both a
Saunderstown cancel and a Georgiaville receiver cancel dated on
the same day. The address side also contains a rubber stamped
notation, "From the collection of Frank C. Perreault." A
small cross (X)
at top right on the card's face marks Gertie's,
This is the first of two
postcards showing the Girls
Friendly Society -
Holiday House at Plum
Point in Saunderstown,
Rhode Island. This one was sent on August 27, 1907 and the
second was sent on July 5, 1957.
Girls Friendly Society
was founded in England by Mary Elizabeth Townsend in 1875. The
society offered Christian fellowship to young female factory
workers who were separated from their families. The first
American branch was created in Lowell Massachusetts at St.
Anne's Episcopal Church by Elizabeth Edson in 1877. Ten years
later in 1887, the first Rhode Island branch was established by
Mrs. Frank E. Richmond.
The Rhode Island Society
was established to help integrate the young ladies more fully
into the social, cultural and spiritual life of the community.
The Girls Friendly Society
sponsored dinners, lunches, fairs, and maintained this home at
Plum Point for the ladies to take summer vacation. Of course
times have changed and it has been many years since multitudes
of young ladies worked in the mills and factories of Rhode
Island. Due to dwindling membership the society voted to disband
in June 1993.
The message on the face of
the card states,
am having a fine time. It is beautiful down here. Hope to see
you soon. The cross marks my room. Gertie"
Girls Friendly Society - Holiday House
- Plum Beach - 1957