Postal Stationary -
Embossed Envelopes and Cards
USPS Postal Card - Issued 1886 -
with Hope Valley, R.I. Circular Date
To Messrs Nickerson & Baxter - Boston, Massachusetts
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The Postal Card,
(Penny Post Card)
was sent on November 7, 1887 from
Hope Valley to Nickerson and Baxter in
Boston, Massachusetts and concerns a machinery
break-down at a mill in the Hope Valley area and also talks
about the status of three of the machinists - L.
Edwards, J. R. Edwards and Hopair.
began in the Hope Valley around 1806-1807. The
Centerville Cotton Mill was built in 1865 in
Hopkinton, (Hope Valley)
by the Rockville Manufacturing Company. The Arnold
Mill, another mill in the area is no longer in existance.
Nichols and Langworthy Machine Company established in
1860 was also in Hopkinton. It is impossible to tell from
the note whether the writer is referring to a textile mill or
machinery plant, but it is probable that the text is referring to one
or the other of these three companies.
The Hope Valley Post
Township, Washington County) was
established on May 2, 1864 and the
first Postmaster was John G. Arnold. This Post
Office is still in operation.
The full text of the card is
Valley 11/7 1887
Gents: Mr. L. Edwards is still on
account of break down so we can run
but little but think can get off a few
of the 18's this week. Will do best we
can. J. R. Edwards has not been doing
anything since he stopped work for us.
He has been putting in new machinery
- better frames but geared spreaders so
he thinks he can do better work. Hopair
has also been still since he stopped
work for us.