About Reba

 Marshall Brackin
1864 - ca. 1928

Rebecca Alice Brackin
1906 - 1912

Florence Brackin
1872 - ca. 1945

    Rebecca Alice Brackin was born January 13, 1906.  She was the only child of Marshall and Florence Louisa Drinkwater Brackin, who lived at 63rd and Woodland Avenue in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.    Florrie, my grandfather's cousin, came to America from Leicester, England, with her parents in 1888 when she was sixteen years old. 
     It was June 5th, 1912, a few months before her seventh birthday, that Reba's brief life came to a sudden and tragic end.  What had been expected to be a routine tonsillectomy brought the ultimate sadness to that young family.
     Today we have nothing to remember Reba by except her portrait and the many greeting cards from family,  friends and neighbors which she received and treasured during the last four years of her life.   Their messages give no indication that Reba was ailing, so we must conclude that she was simply a very much loved little girl who had a special fondness for post cards.  We offer a these treasures here in memory of that beautiful child and her loving parents. 
     In all, there are nearly 200 cards in Reba' collection.  They span the period from January, 1907, to Christmas, 1910.  We hope you will enjoy this glimpse into a time of innocence and charm that is long past. 


Gordon A. Rampy

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