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Thursday
Jul262012

c. 1907 Geronimo, Chief of the Arizona Apaches Postcard

I ran across this great postcard in an estate sale photo album find.  I just knew I needed to share it with y'all.  Who hasn't heard of Geronimo!?  Geronimo would pass away in less than two years after this postcard was mailed.

(written on the front):  "This is the old chief they keep guarded.  Tell mama & sister to write.  Love Aunt Helen."  

It just seems like a cold statement for the hard life this man lived trying to defend his land.  He lost his mother, wife and children in 1858 to Mexican soldiers.   In 1886, Geronimo surrendered to U. S. authorities.  As a prisoner of war, he became a big attraction.  He was said to have regretted his surrender because the terms were never met.

 

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Reader Comments (3)

It does sound cold today, but 100 years ago Geronimo would have been regarded much like Charles Manson, someone you were glad was locked up. What a shameful way to spend the end of his days.

July 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPostcard Roundup

Cool postcard!!

The look on his face! Still looking like a proud (angry?) warrior while posing for a photo that his captors will use to exploit him. All's I can say in closing is: "GERONIMO!"...I just jumped out of my airplane :D

August 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

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