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HLO Lima drawing

HLO Goldsboro drawing

Harry’s drawings of typical houses in Lima, Ohio, and Goldsboro, North Carolina

Many of Harry Osborn’s letters were enlivened with deft sketches. In the one he wrote on September 11, he continued his description of his trip from New York to Lafayette, Indiana, and included the drawings seen above.

In this letter, Harry calls Effie a “Californian.” Although she was currently living in New York City, Effie was born in Shasta, California, in 1860. Her father, James Loag, was a Scottish immigrant who had capitalized on the gold rush and her mother, Emily Taylor Snyder, met him there after traveling to California in 1857 to join a brother who was a 49er. She returned to the East Coast with her two daughters a few years after James’ death in 1866.

“I think Oscar Wilde would find lots of people to work on out this way.” Osborn, Henry 1884-9-11


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