I recently stumbled on a collection of early Pennsylvania post cards and purchased some related to Brandywine which I thought I would share with you.
The first one here is an early image of the Birmingham Friends Meetinghouse prior to its extensive additions and giving a better sense of how open the terrain once was.
This second image was likely taken inside the Gideon Gilpin House during the bicentennial. The caption on the reverse side reads: “Lafayette being served wine by a Quaker maiden. Waz figure depicting a famous incident at Brandywine.” Despite the contention on this post card, this incident likely never occurred.
This next one is an early view of the Benjamin Ring House–the property George Washington used as headquarters prior to and during the battle. Again, this image does a nice job showing how open the terrain once was.
This image again was likely taken inside the Ring House during the bicentennial. The caption on the reverse side reads: “Squire Cheney–knowing of Washington’s lack of information from local residents–hastens to tell him of the actual location of British troops; thus saving the General and his men from complete disaster.” However, as I contend in my book, I believe this is a myth that never occurred.
The final image again is likely from inside the Benjamin Ring House during the bicentennial. The caption on the reverse side reads: “Thomas Cheyney saw the British cross the Brandywine in an effort to outflank the Americans. Here Cheyney reports to Generals Washington and Greene.” As I contend above, this is likely a myth that never occurred.
I hope you enjoy these!