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Classic Christmas Card

Often, Christmas cards are discarded after the holidays, but this classic from the THSSH Archives contains many clues to local history.  The card was sent to Madeline Koechlein (c.1905-1991) of Liberty Corner, NJ, by her Aunt Mattie (probably Martha E. Boyle Fenner of Peapack).  Although not postmarked, the card probably dates to around 1910.  The divided back places it at 1907 or later.

Madeline was the daughter of Philip and Floretta Boyle Koechlein, who owned Koechlein’s general store in Liberty Corner.   Madeline and her brother Philip, Jr. (1903-1995), went on to run the family store until 1971.

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