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Rebecca Jaessing, the owner of Clara J’s Tea Room and Neapolitan Gift Shop, has a large collection of historical postcards on display. Many of the postcards date back to the early 1900s, when life was much simpler. MIRROR PHOTO BY NANCY GAGNET

Rebecca Jaessing, the owner of Clara J’s Tea Room and Neapolitan Gift Shop, has a large collection of historical postcards on display. Many of the postcards date back to the early 1900s, when life was much simpler.
MIRROR PHOTO BY NANCY GAGNET

BY NANCY GAGNET | MIRROR REPORTER — In the early 1900s, a friendly greeting either happened through a face-to-face visit or by mail. Rebecca Jaessing, the owner of Clara J’s Tea Room and Neopolitan Gift Shop in uptown Maumee, came across a large collection of postcards, some dating back to 1907, that her mother, grandmother and her Aunt Clara had kept. “My mother couldn’t throw things away like this,” she said. “It was really important to her.” Rebecca grew up on a family farm in Springfield Township. The tearoom is named after her beloved aunt, Clara Jaessing Keller, who studied culinary arts in college during a time when women didn’t typically aspire to such levels. The postcards, which came from friends and family who lived in various states, including Michigan and Kansas, sent Christmas blessings, new baby congratulations or messages of well wishes. It cost one to two cents to send the postcards, and not much information was needed in order to reach a mailbox since few residents lived in the rural areas and those who lived in towns knew everyone, Jaessing said. She plans to keep the postcards on display at in the tearoom for several weeks for her customers to enjoy. “The writing and the artwork are so beautiful,” she said. “They are just fun little cards.” Located in a historical building at 219 W. Wayne St. in uptown Maumee, Clara J’s serves proper tea and gourmet lunches Tuesday through Saturday. For information or to book a special event, please call (419) 897-0219. Information can also be found online at www.clarajsat219.com.