Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can ~ #12 Florence ROYALTY’s Postcards

This is a spin-off of my 52 Ancestors: #14 Albert Spencer LILLIE (1848-1913) ~ Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can blogpost in which I featured a few photos from a collection of old photographs my 4C1R Joe Rooney shared with me. I asked Joe about using the photos and he kindly wrote, Please use them at your will.  I feel it is keeping it in the family and don’t need credit.  If anything, I appreciate your evaluations, identifications and detective work.  I’m hopeful you and yours enjoy them.  On a blog, in a book, above a cloud.”

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#12 Florence ROYALTY’s Postcards

Florence ROYALTY, Isaac Spencer LILLIE’s wife, saved many photographs of her own relatives and several postcards. The postcards have been helpful, combined with the photos, in getting an overall picture of her family.

The first postcard was postmarked 7 August 1908 and came from New Brownfield in Pope County, Illinois, from Florence’s sister Mathilda J. “Tillie” ROYALTY. Tillie married Charles Thomas “Tom” WELLS about 1886.


postcard1backCorrespondene here
Dear Sister:
I am at Hannah’s & if you folks can come after one Monday. I will visit you a few days. I came I came (sic) down Wednesday. I am at Fannie C. now talking to Mrs. Ida.
Your Sister Tillie

Name and address here
Mrs. Florence Lillie
New Liberty, Ill.
Pope Co.

Fannie mentioned in the above correspondence was Fannie EVANS, wife of  John W. CRAWFORD and daughter of Henry CRAWFORD. I have not found a family connection between the Royalty and Evans or Crawford family. Fannie was 5 years younger than Florence.

In 1915 Florence was in California. She did not receive or send this postcard. Most likely she kept it as a souvenir of her trip. I found a similar photo online of a different group of people in front of and in a similar automobile with the same windows in the background. Florence may have visited Salt Lake City in Utah on her trip out to California or back to Illinois.



postcard3back“Seeing Salt Lake”
Observation cars and automoblies.
Office and waiting room upp.
Entrance to Temple Block
27 W. So. Temple

On the 19 October 1915 Fannie CRAWFORD, mentioned on the first postcard, wrote to Florence while she was visiting family in California.



postcard2backCorrespondence here
Dear Florence
I rec’d your card yesterday. I would certainly enjoy being with you but I am too much of a baby to stay away from home that long. My space is filled.
Love to all
Fannie Crawford

Name and address here
Mrs. Florence R. Lillie
1726 N. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, Calif.

Joe Rooney kindly gave me permission to use these photographs on my blog.

Joe ROONEY wrote on 15 February 2015: This collection of photographs was scanned at 300 dpi color by me. The original photos were sent by Sandra Lillie about ten years ago after she found them cleaning out a relative’s garage in Southern Illinois, finding no other takers (suckers). She believes they were a collection by L Vance Lillie. Many of the pictures seemed to be removed from frames or were in albums evidenced by fading characteristics and may have been from other’s collections. I scanned the reverse if there was laboratory advertising or writing. Some of the authors’ identification may be figured out of the handwriting matches. I did not scan the reverse of photos where there was only a three digit number that I believe to be sequence numbers on a roll of film. I didn’t spot any obvious helpful commonalities.

© 2015 Cathy Meder-Dempsey


Author: Cathy Meder-Dempsey

When I’m not doing genealogy and blogging, I spend time riding my racing bike with my husband through the wonderful Luxembourg countryside.

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