I found this "real photo" postcard on Ebay while searching
for Racine, and because it had a name and an address on the back,
I bought it.
This young lady is Pearl Snell, who apparently lived at 1110 14th
Street in Racine. I looked up this address on a map and it is now
a bare lot facing Johnson Wax's movie theater, the Golden Rondelle.
The Social Security
Death Index says that there was a Pearl Snell who lived in Racine,
born in November 30, 1896, and dying in May of 1973. Her social security
number was 391-16-9339.
If this postcard is from about 1910, then Pearl would be about 14
years old in this picture. She seems to be dressed up in her best
clothes, including a brooch and a fur hat.
I found a mention of Pearl's activities here,
on a Racine Masonry History Page:
RACINE MASONRY HISTORY AND PAST ASSOCIATES Page 9 The meetings
were held in Winter's Hall on the third Wednesday of the month until
after the fire of the hall when the meeting place was changed to
the woman's Club Hall, and meetings were held on the first Tuesday
of the month. When the New Masonic Temple was completed the meetings
were changed to the first and third Tuesday of the month. The shrine
meets in the Egyptian Hall. The Officers for 1923 were: W.H.P.,
Mable Fancher ; W. of S., Earle J. Aber ; N. Prophetess, Jennie
White ; W. Scribe, Lydia Hanson ; W. Treas., Clara Bagnall ; W.
Chaplain, Ella Schulz ; W. Shepherdess, Franc Evans ; W. Guide,
Ollie Gauss ; W. Herald, Eva McCaughey? ; Wise Men, F. L. Fancher
, DeWilton? Dow , T. S. Rees ; Hand Maidens, Irma Johnson , Eugenia
Lewis , Amy Jones ; King, Elmer R. Durgin ; Queen, Thyra Christensen
; Organist, Lillian Beck ; W. Guardian, Elsie Williams ; W. Guard,
Emily Hassold ; Queens Attendants, Pearl
Snell , Flower Girl, Elsie Hanson , Anna Jensen , Valborg
Knudson , Marion Knudson , Lillian Evans , Olga Rassmussen ; Truetees,
T. W. Leslie , Helen Blythe , Grace Harding . The Shrine has had
a steady growth as the present membership is 380 members and has
members in Kenosha, Sturtevant, Union Grove, Burlington, Silver
Lake, Basset, and Wilmot. Jennie White is the present H. Priestess
and Earle J. Abner Watchman of Shepherds.