I have finally gone through most of the 1,000+ postcards I acquired on September 17, and by far the most striking collection is that apparently belonging to Kay Anthony of Spartanburg, South Carolina. She collected (as far as I know, and judging from what I purchased) just under 200 postcards during the late 40’s and early 50’s.
She apparently corresponded with several people specifically for the purpose of trading postcards. How did one get in touch back then with others who wanted to trade postcards? Classified ads? Was there some sort of club for people with short attention spans who liked the pretty pictures on the cards? Sign me up!
One of her regular correspondents was a man named Lloyd Stoltz of Reading, Pennsylvania, who was a fastidious individual. His handwriting is incredibly tiny, perhaps intentionally so that he could get a lot of information onto a postcard. Also, he signed his cards with his own little ideogram, combining the letters “L” and “S”, and many of his cards have a small rubber stamp impression of his full initials, “L.P.M.S.”
There is a slight musty smell to the cards (which has been clearing now that they’ve been removed from their album), which leads me to believe that they have been stored away for decades. Not having seen the light of day, the colors on the cards are brilliant.
I plan to start posting some of her cards in a week or so; I hope you enjoy.