[Editor: This patriotic postcard (unused), which incorporates a poem, as well as an illustration of a kangaroo, carrying an Australian flag, with golden wattle in the background, is estimated to have been published about 1901-1908. The postcard is undated.]
My dear friend
[Front of postcard]
My dear Friend, to thee I send
an Old Friend’s Hearty Greeting
A loving wish, a greeting kind,
To say that you are borne in mind;
That, though you are no longer near,
This heart of mine still holds you dear.
[Description: An illustration of a kangaroo, carrying an Australian blue ensign flag, with golden wattle in the background.]
[Reverse of postcard]
Printed in Australia
[No obvious identifying information about the manufacturer was included on the postcard.]
Dimensions (approximate): 141 mm. (width), 90 mm. (height).
It is estimated that the postcard may have been published about 1901-1908; this estimation is based upon the fact that the Australian flag depicted on the postcard incorporates the Federation Star with six points, which was used from 1901 to 1908. In 1909 the flag’s Federation Star received a seventh point, to represent Australia’s territories.
See: 1) “A brief history of Australian flags”, Ausflag
2) “Australian National Flag”, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Although no obvious identifying information about the manufacturer was included on the postcard, there is a logo situated at the top-middle of the reverse side of the postcard. The design appears to be a diamond, with the text “& Co.” placed inside it. In the absence of any other information, it is hypothesized that the postcard may have been published by “R. A. Diamond & Co.”, booksellers and stationers, of Maryborough (Queensland); however, it should be noted that this hypothesis is purely speculative.
See: “R. A. Diamond & Co.” (advertisment), Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser (Maryborough, Qld.), 2 August 1909, p. 3 (column 3)
thee = (archaic) you (regarding a person as the object in a sentence)