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Title Postcard: "A Message From Hoboken, N.J.; When at night the camp-fires burn..." Soldier pennant postcard from Rose Beck of 600 Monroe St., Hoboken, to fiance Pvt. George Jaxel, Camp Dix, N.J. Postmarked Hoboken, Aug. 7, 1918.
Object Name Postcard
Catalog Number 2014.050.0002
Collection World War I Collection
Credit Gift of Edward Jaxel.
Scope & Content Postcard: "A Message From Hoboken, N.J.; When at night the camp-fires burn..." Soldier pennants postcard from Rose Beck of 600 Monroe St., Hoboken, to fiance Private George Jaxel, Camp Dix, N.J. Postmarked Hoboken, August 7, 1918.

A World War I sweetheart postcard. It includes on the message side the added printed adhesive stamp: My [heart symbol] is in the Service.

Color lithographed postcard, 3-3/8" x 5-3/8" wide with imprinting on pennant in black: Hoboken, N.J. [others in this series have been seen with the pennant blank.]
Series number '572' is seen in artwork at lower left corner.
No publisher stated.
Series 572 Soldier pennants 24 des.

Text on front:

A Message From Hoboken, N.J.

When at night the camp-fires burn
And in the smoke, things you see
I hope the thing [ink underlined] you see most clear [ink underlined]
Will be the face [ink underlined] of - ME! [ink underlined]

[handwritten] Hon. and Dearie.

The soldier was labeled "George" and the girl's face in the smoke, "Rose".

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The message side has her Tues., 8/6/18, affectionate message. (Two others from her to George are present: see 2014.050.0001 and .0003).

This card and 2014.050.0003 are both from August 6th and mailed at the same time with both having a 10 AM cancellation on August 7th. Which card preceded the other has not been determined.

Jaxel was a resident of West Hoboken. His Army address was 32 Company, 8th Battalion, 153 Depot Brigade, Camp Dix, New Jersey. See photos 2014.049.0006 for an August 18th photo of Rose Beck and George Jaxel when he was apparently on leave. See photo 2014.049.0007 for group of photo of Army inductees with him present.
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Notes A 1918 newsclipping (not present) described Jaxel's return from Europe:

Private George Jaxel, of 514 Syms Street, West Hoboken, who served in France for over four months with the 347 Infantry, was one of the first West Hoboken boys to arrive from "over there." He reached New York on board the Mauretania on Monday, and is now at Camp Merritt, but expects to be sent to Camps Dix, here he will be mustered out.
Date 1918
Year Range from 1918
Year Range to 1918
Caption front
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