May 5, 1988 |
Helene Meier knew where to turn when she saw the notice in her apartment building that described a dying child in England who was trying to collect enough postcards to find immortality in the Guinness Book of World Records. She knew her sixth graders at St. Elizabeth's parish school at 23d and Berks Streets would jump at the chance to write postcards to a leukemia victim named David at an elementary school north of London. The principal, Sister Denise Ware, decided to get the whole school involved with the project.
May 1, 1998 |
Residents are so fed up with a 48.9 percent school tax increase that they are mailing postcards to their district's state legislators in protest. Members of the Pemberton Borough Home and School Association are going door to door, asking residents to sign postcards addressed to State Sen. Robert Singer and Assemblymen Melvin Cottrell and Joe Malone. The postcards - 250 of which have already been mailed - ask the officials for relief from an increase that will cost the owner of a typical home $650 more a year.
August 11, 1996 |
Most postcard collections are crooked arrangements held by magnets to refrigerator doors. Bill Supplee Sr.'s collection stuffs dozens of albums and fill boxes that line the floor of his living room. Last time he counted, Supplee had 3,500 postcards. It is not the size of the collection that's unusual; it's the subject. Supplee's albums do not contain scenes of drive-through redwood trees, Hawaiian dancers or 1950s highway attractions. The collection is made up entirely of Chester County scenes.
July 12, 1993 |
In a city that thrives on its reputation as one of the nation's oldest resort towns, there's something old and familiar about the postcard display outside Ricker's Gift Shop on the Boardwalk. Like historical flashcards, the brightly colored, commissioned pictures depict old, lavish hotels - some with model-T Fords parked out front - landscapes and naval barracks that disappeared long ago. Scenes of modestly dressed bathers under vividly patterned umbrellas capture beaches that were once much bigger.
May 18, 1992 |
For the next time you're on a business trip and missing your family - and they are missing you as well - consultant Andrea Claster has a suggestion. As soon as you hang up from a routine telephone call to your spouse, find a florist and order flowers sent to your home. "Flowers are spontaneous and convenient and can go a long way toward making things right," said Claster, a specialist in advising companies on gift-giving. "No one gets upset about getting flowers. " Claster's underlying message is that all business travelers, whether they make just one or two trips a year or seem to be always on the road, should pay attention to the needs of the families and friends left at home.
September 6, 1995 |
More than 11,000 postcards from Philadelphians opposed to congressional cuts in federal housing programs were deposited yesterday in an eight-foot- tall cardboard mailbox, and were to be delivered today to elected officials in Washington. The postcards, addressed to President Clinton and Pennsylvania's senators and representatives, say the proposed Department of Housing and Urban Development cutbacks, now before the Senate, are inhumane and would lead to increased homelessness.
July 14, 1996 |
The way local architect Robert Skaler sees it, postcards are more than a cheap excuse for a letter. They are historical artifacts, worthy of preservation. "You should really save them," he said in a recent interview at his home, where he keeps a collection of 4,000 cards. Along with their artistic and sentimental value, a legion of collectors say, postcards can be historically significant. George Miller is an English professor at the University of Delaware in Newark and author of two books on postcards.
February 20, 2000 |
Flipping through her albums of turn-of-the-century postcards, Betty Davis sees Bucks County as it was 100 years ago. Last week, as she tutored visitors on the finer points of postcard collecting, Davis stopped and pointed out a picture of the Wycombe train station. "Newton worked for the railroad, you know," she said, speaking as if she were talking about a long-lost friend or relative. "Newton" was Newton Arnold, one of the two Arnold brothers who produced a line of postcards favored by collectors of Bucks County memorabilia, Davis said.
September 4, 1997 |
The search for Celina Janette Mays, a Willingboro 13-year-old who has been missing since Dec. 15, is going into homes nationwide. Celina is featured on postcards mailed to up to 73 million homes nationwide this week by Advo Inc., a Hartford, Conn., direct-mailing company. Celina was nine months pregnant when she disappeared from a home in the Country Club section, where she lived with her father, her stepmother and about a dozen other members of the Gospel of Christ Church, a Mount Holly congregation led by Celina's aunt.
July 25, 2001 |
Alice Steer Wilson, 74, whose watercolor scenes of Cape May have graced thousands of postcards, died Sunday from breast cancer at her Merchantville home. Mrs. Wilson found a niche with watercolors that have appeared and been praised at numerous art exhibitions, from the Chalfonte Hotel in Cape May, to the Perkins Center for the Arts in Moorestown, to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Fellowship. But the reproductions of her Cape May scenes on postcards and note cards are known far beyond the area.