Postcard Advent Calendar, December 23: The Blue Boy’s Best Christmas Wishes

On this tenth day of the Postcard Advent Calendar I share a card sent by Helen Stephenson Minor to her 7 year old brother, Donald Corbly Minor. At first glance I was struck by the resemblance of the child to Thomas Gainsborough's portrait of  The Blue Boy, 1770. Note the similarities in the Victorian illustration and … Continue reading Postcard Advent Calendar, December 23: The Blue Boy’s Best Christmas Wishes

Advent Calendar December 4: Christmas Greetings–The Postcards of Donald Corbly Minor

Every day I open my Jacquie Lawson Advent Calendar, click the glowing ornament and enjoy the day's holiday animation.  As the cyber village comes to life I relive the memories I share with my friend who sent this Christmas greeting.  Every day I gather the mail from its box, bring it inside and stand by … Continue reading Advent Calendar December 4: Christmas Greetings–The Postcards of Donald Corbly Minor

Amanuensis Monday: A Letter Home

Sulivan Moultrie Co Ills June 25th 1872 Dear Father I Received your kind letter dated the 5th June in reply I will Say we are all as well as usual The last I heard from Jacksonville Harriet was improving. *(1)  I would have answered sooner But I was starting to Chicago with Some Sheep I … Continue reading Amanuensis Monday: A Letter Home

Amanuensis To Some Military Past: Francis Marion Minor and the 1863 Federal Draft

The conscription bill enrolls all the males of the loyal States (including Indians and negroes) between the ages of 20 and 45 into a national militia, and empowers the President to call them into the service of the United States for three years or the war. Congress has wisely empowered the Executive to receive a … Continue reading Amanuensis To Some Military Past: Francis Marion Minor and the 1863 Federal Draft

Sunday’s Obituary: Donald Corbley Minor

My mother was very sad, but to my pre-adolescent mind the airplane ride she got to take was worth whatever calamity summoned her to Pittsburgh. Sometime later I realized that my grandpa would not be in Waynesburg to give hugs in 1965.  Sometime later I felt the sadness: My mom's daddy, Donald Corbley Minor, was … Continue reading Sunday’s Obituary: Donald Corbley Minor