Author: Ray Hahn

  • Red Cross Postcards

    Red Cross Postcards

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    [elementor-template id=”3378″] Red Cross Postcards The Red Cross was founded by Henri Dunant, who was present at the Battle of Solferino in 1859, at which 40,000 men were killed or wounded. Dunant spent the next five years trying to get support for his plan and succeeded in convoking a convention of interested persons in Geneva,…

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  • Carpenters’ Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Carpenters’ Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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    [elementor-template id=”3378″] Carpenters’ Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Carpenters’ Hall has so much history associated with it that dozens of books could be filled with its stories. The oldest trade guild in America, the Carpenters’ Company of Philadelphia, has owned and operated the hall since 1771. The Hall has been home to a host of firsts including…

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  • Stone and Chisels

    Stone and Chisels

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    The first time mankind saw his own image reflecting in the water of an ancient pond is lost to history. But it didn’t take long to perfect the skill of chiseling away just enough stone to make a rock look like a person. A thousand years later the sculptures appeared on postcards.

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  • The International Meridian Conference

    The International Meridian Conference

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    Many things in history affect our lives every day and we have no or very little awareness of those events. This 1884 conference is one such event.

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  • George L. Fox, the American Grimaldi

    George L. Fox, the American Grimaldi

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    [elementor-template id=”3378″] George L. Fox The American Grimaldi George L. Fox The American Grimaldi I discovered this card some years ago. I have no idea where or when, and I have been pushing it around my desktop for a long time. I had no idea who George L. Fox was.  He had a look of…

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  • Bruce Bairnsfather: the Father of Wartime Comics

    Bruce Bairnsfather: the Father of Wartime Comics

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    Long before Private Breger (drawn by Dave Breger) shared with us the humor in the often illogical routine of daily army life and Willie and Joe (drawn by Bill Mauldin) became the voice of truth about what it was like on the front lines of war, our British cousins had Old Bill, drawn by Captain…

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  • St. Mariacka in Gdansk

    St. Mariacka in Gdansk

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    [elementor-template id=”3378″] St. Mariacka in Gdansk When I saw St. Mariacka (St. Mary’s) it was very different from the picture on this postcard.  On a warm day in late September, the dim interior of this church was a welcome relief from the searing sun and blinding light of mid-day.  The languages around me that day…

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  • The Whole Story of the Needle’s Hole

    The Whole Story of the Needle’s Hole

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    This story is a complete accounting of how needles are manufactured. Be careful, it has some very sharp points of view.

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  • Copernicus, Science and the Church

    Copernicus, Science and the Church

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    [elementor-template id=”3378″] Copernicus, Science and the Church I slept in a London hotel on a Saturday in May 2010. Sunday morning I went downstairs for breakfast a few hours before my flight to Philadelphia and while waiting for a full-English fry-up, I chose a newspaper from the rack by the door and found the following…

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  • G. W. Bonte’s Tuck Postcards

    G. W. Bonte’s Tuck Postcards

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    [elementor-template id=”3378″] G.W. Bonte’s Tuck Postcards Stan Davidson died at his Massachusetts home in 2012 and left his postcard friends to wonder how we would ever replace him. So far, it hasn’t happened. If you knew Stan, you were aware that Stan was the most deliberate checklist writer of anyone in our hobby. He was…

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[elementor-template id=”3378″] Scorching Post Cards on Hawai’i Tourists scorching post cards. Volcano of Kilauea, Hawaiian Islands If you were a tourist on the Island of Hawai’i in the first two decades of the 20th century and you were among those permitted a walk on Kilauea’s caldera, you could do what the tourists on the postcard […]

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