Postcard: New Bethel Church

During the late 19th and first half of the 20th century, postcards were an extremely popular form of communication. From purchased souvenir cards to custom photos printed on postcard-backed paper, postcards were the Instagram of their day — a quick snapshot and short message shared with someone far away.

Now, in an era where digital communication has all but eclipsed traditional mail, postcards serve another purpose: They provide a valuable image of life in a previous era, preserving vistas and locations long since vanished.

This postcard (contributed by collector Joe Seiter, also a member of the FTHS board) was mailed from Wanamaker in 1910, and shows the “New Bethel Church” and cemetery. This is a previous incarnation of the New Bethel Baptist Church, a 36 x 50 foot brick building constructed in 1866 at a cost of $4,000, located along present-day Southeastern Avenue in Wanamaker. The structure was torn down in 1917 and replaced with the current church building.



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