|Posted in East Greenwich on July 2, 1919 - Divided Back
This postcard is one of the earlier cards to be produced in the
United States. Prior to World War I, most postcards were printed in Germany and
they were of superior quality to the early American efforts. This was a
black/white photo postcard that has been partially colored.
The card is addressed to Mrs. Wilfred Roys in Sheffield, Massachusetts
and message on the reverse of the reads:
am sorry I have not kept my word, but time slips by fast sometimes. We had a
very good journey. The children were just as good as could be all the way and
slept most of the way. They have kept well and certainly have had the time of
their lives. Hope you are all well. We are coming back July 3.
Varnum was born in
December 17, 1748.
He graduated from Rhode Island College
with a law degree,
(later Brown University)
and was admitted to the bar in 1771.
He married Martha Child in that year and
they settled in East Greenwich,
Varnum became the commander of the
Guards and was commissioned as
of the 1st Infantry Regiment by the
Island General Assembly in
During the Revolutionary War, he
the 12th and the
Continental Regiments and was commissioned
a Brigadier General. In
Varnum was commissioned as Major General
of the Rhode Island Militia.
General Varnum was a member of the
to 1787. He was an original member
of the Ohio Company and one of the founders
of Marietta, Ohio where he served as
a Federal Judge.
in Marietta of consumption in December of 1788.
Continentals are a Revolutionary War
Group named after General Varnum. Their headquarters are located
at the Varnum Armory in
Greenwich, which was completed in
It was constructed in the medieval
style and is located at 6 Main Street, East
Greenwich. It is listed on the
Register of Historic Places. The Varnum Continentals first
paraded in 1913.
The Continentals are currently led by
Bruce MacGunnigle. Bruce collects
memorabilia including postcards and was also a bidder on the
postcard above. We corresponded concerning the card, as Bruce wanted to
purchase the card for his collection. Although I was somewhat sympathetic to
the idea, I was and am too much of a collector myself to let a great item like
this go. I have visited the
Continental's Web-Site and I heartily recommend it for further
information and graphics concerning this great Reenactment Group. They also
maintain a Naval and Military Museum
at the Armory.