The Northeastern Pennsylvania Genealogical Society recently moved its library to Annex Two of the Kirby Health Center in downtown Wilkes-Barre. What a delight to return to this regional treasure, now housed in a second floor suite of rooms filled with bright ambient light and tended by a dedicated corps of family history sleuths. Today I […]Read More Today’s Trip to the Genealogical Society: The marriage of Martin Corrigan and Mary Walker
This post was originally published September 11, 2010. I finished my morning run on the dike, and walked to the car under deep blue skies. The air carried the first smells of fallen leaves. I unlocked the door, got in and took a drink of water before starting the car. The radio greeted me with […]Read More Remembering 9/11: We are all together. Still.
A Merry Christmas! I am so pleased to find among my collection a fine example of a glittered embossed postcard by P. Sander Company. Oh, how I wish I knew the ins and outs of scanning to capture three dimensions, for the publishers of this era worked hard to enhance their cards, simply and cheaply, […]Read More Sing A Song for Christmas!
Hello, Donald, Come on over and we will sled ride. What is Santa Claus going to bring you. ~Carl This toy-bearing gent is more St. Nicholas than Santa Claus. Influenced by the artist’s Saxon* roots, this illustration depicts a St. Nick clad in heavy black boots and a long, hooded red robe tromping through […]Read More A Merry (European) Christmas!
This fair lady sends greetings for a Happy Christmas. Seven year old Donald C. Minor received this card at Christmastime 1909, and though the painting is not signed, I believe it to be another Ellen H. Clapsaddle card. Why? An embossed frame of gold holds the portrait of a sweet young lady, hair swept stylishly up […]Read More My Fair Lady Wishes You A Happy Christmas!