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Century-old children’s letters from Gibson, Louisiana

unclepunchUncle Punch was a children’s column that ran in the New Orleans newspaper The Times-Democrat more than a century ago. Children would write in – under fake names usually – and snatch papa’s paper to see if their letter got published.

Reading the letters is a lot of fun and gives a glimpse into Louisiana village life in the 1800s. I chose letters from Gibson, since that’s where my granny lived.  You can click HERE to learn more about Gibson in my other blog.

It appears the children were part of a writing club. Their letters included their hometown so children from the same town would speculate about who the other writers were.

Here’s Feb. 2, 1896:






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