September 16, 2021

Author: Ray Hahn

Lester Ralph

Ray Hahn

Lester Ralph

Imagine, your father is Julian Ralph, a European correspondent for several American newspapers, and your mother is Isabelle Mount, a daughter of a prominent Red Bank, New Jersey family that came to fame as the largest Ford Motor Company authorized sales agency in New Jersey, might

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Herschel Logan and the Brookville Hotel: the Rest of the Story

Herschel Logan
and the Brookville Hotel:
the Rest of the Story

Previously on Postcard History . . . at the end of an article about the Old Central Hotel in Brookville, Kansas, your editor wrote:

I am mesmerized by this piece of art; the proportion is perfect, the line is

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A Postcard Essay

A Postcard Essay

featuring
Girls, Sisters, Mothers, Aunts, Nieces,
Grandmothers, Granddaughters:
Their Times of Life!

In Spring
Young Miss
In Love
Saying, Yes!
Finally alone.
Motherhood
In Summer
At Odds
By his grave
Lessons from Grams

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A challenge: Leave a comment (less than 100 words, please) about

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The Brookville Hotel

Ray Hahn

The Brookville Hotel

In central Kansas, where the wind whips across the plains, there is a village named Brookville. It is so close to being halfway between Salina and Ellsworth that mentioning the difference would be silly. There is no brook in Brookville, but there is a railroad

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A House on Hancock Street

A House on Hancock Street

Have you ever looked through a box of unsorted postcards and found several addressed to the same person in the same handwriting? This is the exact way the cards featured here were found. So many questions come to mind and a real life “Who?,” “When?,”

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Columbia University

Ray Hahn

Columbia University

A survey conducted in 1993, not exactly yesterday, listed the Top-10 Topics collected by American deltiologists (the word was very popular at the time). Universities, Colleges, and Schools was seventh on the list.

A curious collector would ask to see a list of the most collected

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Connect the Dots

Ray Hahn

Connect the Dots

Is it a bird, or a plane? Maybe a Teddy Bear? Or a dinosaur? You may have to “connect the dots” to find an answer.

We all know that children are easily amused. Shake a rattle and a baby smiles, that’s good, it means he

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Postcard Research

Ray Hahn

Postcard Research

Research of paper documents including postcards is easy. The researcher is usually guided by the two main characteristics of a postcard. First the image or subject identifies the origin of the card. When it is addressed and mailed a date and destination often completes the picture.

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Greetings from Harrisonburg

Ray Hahn

Greetings from Harrisonburg

The Shenandoah Valley Postcard Show and Sale happens in Harrisonburg, Virginia, usually on the third or fourth weekend in July. It is an annual event and has been for more than thirty years.

Harrisonburg is not a town that time forgot. I once heard a

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The Story of Coleman’s Frog as told by Gary and Peggy

Ray Hahn

The Story of Coleman’s Frog

as told by Gary and Peggy

Think. Try to recall something you know that weighs 42 pounds.

Maybe, your four-year old grandson. Or ten and a half bags of sugar.

Or, Coleman’s Frog?

Did you ask, “What is Coleman’s Frog?” I thought you

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