This is postmarked September 15, 1917 and addressed to a woman in Bernville, PA
The back transcribed:
"Well Laura where are you sticking all Summer
Are you still on the farm or are you married and live some place in the city
Hoping to hear from you soon
Laura Reinert Kutztown”
This correspondence is an excellent reflection of life back in the 1910s-1920s. The writer was wondering what her friend will be up to come summertime. Either still living out in the country helping her family on the farm…or nestled in the city married to a man perhaps of industry or business. The majority of women during this time period, especially in Pennsylvania, had not caught the wave of women’s suffrage that was quickly swarming urban areas such as New York or Chicago. Many women of Kutztown were certainly still accustomed to the expected traditional roles of the domesticated woman: cooking, cleaning, and taking care of her husband and children. A bit of history: Women gained the right to vote in America on August 18, 1920 with the ratification of the 19th amendment.