Postcard from Annah Butler Richardson to uncle, from Russia, 1916

Contributed by Descendants of Annah Butler Richardson and Arthur Berry Richardson through Prince Memorial Library

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Pictured is a postcard sent from Annah Butler Richardson in Moscow, Russia, to Charles W. S. Cobb of St. Louis, Missouri, dated February 5th, 1916. On the back is a picture of "one of Moscow's nine railroad stations." Charles Cobb, Annah's uncle, worked for the Cobb Lime Company of Rockland, Maine.

Another of Annah Parkman Butler's relatives, her cousin, Frederick S. Fales was responsible for her and her husband, both originally from Rockland, being in Russia. Fales had offered Annah's husband Arthur Berry Richardson, a position as the agent for the Chesebrough Manufacturing Company, makers of Vaseline, in Moscow, Russia after Annah and Arthur's marriage. The previous agent, a German, had been interned by the Tsarist government at the outbreak of World War I.

When the Russian Revolution broke out, the Richardsons were forced to escape to the east on the Trans-Siberian Railroad disguised as peasants. From Russia they travelled to China and Japan, and returned to the U. S. in late 1918. Richardson worked for Chesebrough from 1920 until 1936 in England, where the couple's four children were educated.

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  • Title: Postcard from Annah Butler Richardson to uncle, from Russia, 1916
  • Creation Date: 1916-02-05
  • Subject Date: 1916-02-05
  • Locations:
    • Moscow, Russia
    • Saint Louis, MO
  • Media: Postcard
  • Dimensions: 8.92 cm x 13.66 cm
  • Local Code: 2012.0517
  • Collection: John F. Woolverton
  • Object Type: Text and Image

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