This month’s postcard features the USS Iowa, the first seagoing battleship. The USS Iowa was launched on March 28, 1896 and saw a great deal of action during the Spanish-American War. During WWI, the Iowa primarily served as a training ship. In April 1919, the Iowa was renamed Battleship No. 4 so that the name could be used for one of the newer battleships. In 1923, she took her final voyage through the Panama Canal and was used as a target ship, ultimately sinking in the Gulf of Panama.The postcard is postmarked from Ada, Ohio on March 21 at 1:51 PM. No year is visible.
The postcard is addressed to Errett Motter City Hospital Lima, Ohio and reads:
We all send our love and best wishes.
Your cousin Paul Main.
Paul Main was the youngest child of Elizabeth (Motter) and James Main.