Liverpool, Part II: The Beatles

Before I left Liverpool in July of 1965, a barmaid at the pub I frequented in Liverpool, who knew what a fan I was of the Beatles, said she had a present for me.

Her name was Margaret and she had grown up as a neighbor of Paul McCartney’s in Heswall. When she had her “21st,” which is a big blowout of a party when the newly 21-year-old’s parents clear out, the furniture is pushed back, and the friends pour in for music and drinks and an all-nighter, Paul and his mates turned up at the party.

They inscribed the post card below to Margaret on her 21st. You’ll see that Ringo was not yet part of the group. Pete Best was the drummer, and someone at the time of the birthday signing defaced the card by giving him a beard. Also note that he signed the card twice. Brian Epstein, their manager, was also there that night and signed, along with Paul, George and John.

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