Celebrating Spring!

Several postcard and paper shows to watch for

Spring has sprung! And now that we’ve finally moved past winter, I hope we’ll enjoy some appropriate weather. I was thrilled last week to see the first robin of the season. My heart goes out to those Americans who are battling severe flooding in many parts of the country, especially in the Midwest. I can’t imagine losing one’s treasured possessions in a flood. As is the case with many catastrophes, flooding damages or destroys paper mementoes, birth records, family photos and many other items we hold dear. I was a baby when our basement flooded badly, and I can remember my mother saying we had lost a lot of family pictures as well as my father’s Army footlocker with his uniform, patches and other items from his service with the 101st Airborne Division during WWII.

And speaking of days gone by, I recently read about a letter from the Korean War era that was discovered in an old automobile. A man in British Columbia was just starting to refurbish a 1939 Buick, when he found a letter from a Canadian soldier serving in the Korean Conflict. The letter was dated May 25, 1954 and was found under the front seat of the car. It had been sent, along with a picture, from a naval officer in the Canadian navy to his buddy from Ontario. What’s good about this story is the original person the letter was addressed to is alive as well as the letter writer. After some searching on the Internet, the two friends were united recently and enjoyed reminiscing. The letter’s recipient, John Nuttall, had also owned the Buick that the letter was found in. He said he was advised against purchasing the auto, but went ahead because he liked it. The new owner of the car, who brought the friends together again over the letter, loves the car and is keeping it. That’s a nice story with a happy ending for everyone!

Here’s some upcoming sales and shows that collectors of postcards or paper won’t want to miss. I found these shows in e-mails and within the pages of Barr’s:

An online-only auction is planned for Wednesday, March 27th, by University Archives, based in Westport, Conn. Offered will be 276 lots, to include historically important letters handwritten and signed by Thomas Jefferson, Jefferson Davis and Davy Crockett, plus a rare patent assignment document signed by Albert Einstein. The sale is packed with rare, highly collectible autographed documents, manuscripts, books, photos & relics. Internet bidding provided by LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. If you need additional information about this auction, you may call John Reznikoff at (800) 237-5692; or, you can e-mail him at john@universityarchives.com.

The Southwest (SW) Michigan Post Card Club is planning a postcard show and sale Saturday, April 13 at the Kalamazoo County Fairgrounds, Expo Center North at 2900 Lake Street in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Admission is $2 for the show and sale that takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wally Jung has more information at (517) 230-0734 or via e-mail to postcardwally@comcast.net. There is also a fall show planned for October 12 as well.

Have a wonderful two weeks until our next issue of April 8. And in the meantime, enjoy this issue of Barr’s that’s chockful of interesting stories about places near and far and the postcards that capture their essence! Please contact us with Club and Convention news; unusual paper collections, upcoming shows or other postcard and ephemera-related matters at editor@barrspcn.com; meego929@aol.com; or via telephone at (319) 472-4763.