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JOHN J. HEYES PUBL./ NATL MILITARY HOME. // FAIRVIEW PARK PARACHUTE DROP /
DAYTON, OHIO" postcard with a name & home town of the aeronaut pencilled at
the top of the undivided back, album toning at the back corners, good edges.
This amusement park was operated from 1896 - 1915. The young Fred J. Woodall
risked his life for the princely sum of $1.25--the sum collected from the
spectators after his leap--in his first ascension. The Dayton Herald of 19
Oct 1896, page 1, carries more details. Very hard to find & seldom seen.
$35.00 bo(d)a NEW / NOUVEAU / NEU
"1609 / HUDSON-FULTON MEMORIAL CELEBRATION / 1909 // The 'Half Moon' and the 'Clermont' on their trip / up the Hudson river escorted by U. S. Men of War / and Balloons" the Wright flyer being unmentioned; exposition souvenir with an artist's concept of the event, the size of a regular postcard but with blank back, good edges. The Wright plane when it actually flew that course carried a canoe in case they ditched into the water, so the artist did not get the idea quite right. The caption writer did not know what to call the aircraft & so left it unmentioned. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75.
"1912 AN OBSERVATION BALLOON OF U. S. Aerial Service, anchored to a vessel. / From this balloon the actions of the enemy under-sea boats are detected" showing a tethered balloon working from a ship, unused postcard with good edges. This is the SC-1 (Signal Corps #1) of the US Army, while being tested at Fort Myer Virginia (hence, its access to the coastal waters), and operating from the first permanent military airfield in the United States. Excessively rare, there is no record of its likes being offered anywhere else on the Internet. It is astonishing that testing of a then-new military capability from a then-new military installation would receive any publicity at all in print; we speculate that the military censors put the kibosh on this ill-considered idea rather quickly! Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 bvm(a)a(m)
"39420 / The Dirigible Balloons of Baldwin and Tomlinson at Grant's Tomb, at the ascension during the Hudson-Fulton Celebration at New York" post card mailed SEP 7 1910 from Springfield Ohio to Mrs. V. E. Kelley by her sister Dora, all corners with minor wear, small upper corner crease, light spotty toning on back. More specifically, this scene was in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan. Rare! $15.00 bn(m)e NEW / NOUVEAU / NEU
"5840 Balloon, Isle of France, 2nd Prize, Racing for the Gordon Bennett Cup." unused postcard from the Adolph Sedge Publishing Company in Saint Louis, unused. In the 1907 Gordon Bennett Balloon Race from the publisher's city, they landed at Hubertsville/Herbertsville New Jersey, garnering $1000 for their 2nd place finish. The Airpost Journal Vol XXV No. 2 (November 1953) provides many details on the competition & opines that mail was probably dropped from this & all other participants, although any example is decidedly rare. $45.00 bpm(s) NEW / NOUVEAU / NEU
"5846 Hawley and Post and their Balloon 'St. Louis'" postcard mailed circa-1908 to Mrs. Peter Richards in Clinton Fall Minnesota, noticeable corner rounding, light spotty toning both sides. In the 1907 Gordon Bennett Balloon Race from the publisher's city, they landed in Carroll County Maryland good for 9th place. The Airpost Journal Vol XXV No. 2 (November 1953) provides many details about the competition & opines that mail was probably dropped from this & all other participants--although any such example is decidedly rare. $40.00 bd(l)pm(s) NEW / NOUVEAU / NEU
"5850 Von Abercron and Heidemann and their Balloon 'Dusseldorf.'" with an unusually close-up view; post card from the Adolph Sedge Publishing Company in Saint Louis, unused. In the 1907 Gordon Bennett Balloon Race from the publisher's city, they landed at Little Creek Delaware & garnered $750 for their 3rd place. The Airpost Journal Vol XXV No. 2 (November 1953) provides many details about the competition & opines that mail was probably dropped from this & all other participants--although any such example is decidedly rare. $45.00 bd(l)pm(s) NEW / NOUVEAU / NEU
"Across the Land, Across the Sea, / Kind messages I send to thee" post card published by Wildt & Kray in London (their Series 1085), mailed from London JA 1 1908 to Miss Emma Eloe in Buffalo New York, light toning near the front corners, tiny upper corner crease detectable from the back, other corners with minor wear. $3.00 b NEW / NOUVEAU / NEU
"A. Holland Forbes, donor of trophy, and N. H. Arnold making an ascent" writing in margins continues 'Aug. 14th 1908 - This is the balloon that won the race.' The balloon was the North Adams No. 1. The back printed touts the Massachusetts town: 'This city is not only the balloon center of the East, but is unsurpassed as a retail trading center and has excellent advantages as a place of residence and for many kinds of manufacturing. For information concerning the city address, THE MERCHANTS' ASSOCIATION, / S. McVeigh, President. J. E. Miller, Secretary". Unused post card from the New England Printing Company in North Adams, minor wear at all corners. $16.00 bm(n)rg(f)g(a) NEW / NOUVEAU / NEU
"AIRSHIP / E PALESTINE / FAIR" showing it manned, nearby & above a crowd & tent; unused sepia-tone real photo post card with oxidation indicating a circa-1910 age. East Palestine is a village in Columbiana County Ohio. The name of the airship is on the side of the balloon; it may yield to magnification. SALE IN PROGRESS bo(e)
"Air-ship going against the wind over Omaha, Neb." unused postcard with evenly-divided back, made in Germany for The Omaha News Company, album impressions at the corners, curl to the paper but no problem in any album, good edges. The only similar card we have seen had its caption left-justified; this is the only right-justified caption we have seen. $15.00 bn(o) NEW / NOUVEAU / NEU
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"Air-ship making ascension from 'Kings Highway', Omaha Neb." unused Mezzochrome post card made in Germany, published by The Omaha News Commpany, trivial wear at one upper corner, very light album marks at the back corners. $15.00 bn(o) NEW / NOUVEAU / NEU
"ALLGEMEINE DEUTSCHE SPORT-AUSSTELLUNG MÜNCHEN 1899" with art (signed WO) showing an airship over the city, Bavarian 5-pfg government postal card in color, clear postal markings on back (both sending & receiving within the city), minor wear at the corners, overall impression--remarkably fresh for its age both sides. Priced well below recent auction realizations. $82.50 zbbea
"Around the Gilded Dome / Copyright by T. F. Shannon Des Moines Ia // Airship Encircling Monument / Copyright by T. F. Shannon Des Moines Ia" showing the Iowa State Capitol & the Iowa Civil War Monument; unused multiview postcard with undivided back, faint short internal crease from the top edge, very light toning both sides. Rare. $12.50 bic
"At LIVERPOOL / Captive-ated with the scenery" art signed JIB shows a couple floating in an improbably shaped balloon, pull-tab yields many small black & white views, accordion style: exchange & Nelson's Monument; Church Street; Sefton Park (2); Commutation Row; from Landing Stage; Landing Stage; overhead electrical railway; Ranelagh Street; Lime Street; and St. George's Hall -- all from the Dainty Series (last 3 shown). A Pocket Novelty Card of British manufacture throughout. Message written all over the divided back from a son to his mother. Rare: only one recorded sale of a similar fold-out but for Nottingham was found when we searched the Internet. $20.00 e(l)b
"BALLOON ASCENSION AT ASBURY PARK, AUG. 12 1910, IN WHICH BENNY PRINZ LOST HIS LIFE. / BENNY PRINZ / PHOTO BY F. NEW BURGER." depicting the beginning of a disastrous double parachute drop done from about 4,000 feet; unused Cyko real photo postcard, oxidation consistent with stated age, thin strip of toning runs near the right front edge. According to the Asbury Park Press of that same day, a trapeze strap broke causing the mishap. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. bn(a)dg
"Balloon Ascension at The Pines, / Groveland, Mass." post card with unevenly divided back, a little pencil writing on back '... from Grandma', minor rounding of the corners, light toning both sides. This is still a recreation area, located near the raceway (which was built much later). Seldom offered. $15.00 bm(g) NEW / NOUVEAU / NEU
"BALLON ROUTE". The short line electric railroad line with this misnomer for a name actually involved no balloon at all, just a trolley from Los Angeles to the sea & back. Still, if it interests you, be sure to see our rare listings for the Los Angeles Pacific Railroad post cards on another page.
"Balloon / Wedding / Krug Park, Omaha's Polite / Resort" circa 1906 post card, spots of light toning & a tiny pit in the front sky, approximate 1" tear at bottom closes well with faint internal creases radiating from it. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 bnu*
"BIG BEAR / balloon festival / Beulah Park / JUNE 22, 23, 24 2001" publicity card with same color image both sides, little smaller than a regular post card, fresh appearance. (2 available) $1.00 each
"Captain Baldwin's Airship. Dutchess County Fair. Compliments of the Poughkeepsie Eagle" unused post card with unevenly divided back (circa-1908), 2 corners creased, toning at top back edge possibly from the printing process itself. $12.00 bn(p)
"C. Dixon The Youngest Aviator / With His Mother and Sister / Copyright by Aram, Boston." unused postcard, very little toning both sides, good edges. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. bfm
"Central Maine Fair. / 1908." held at Waterville; Cyko real photo with "Strobel Airship' pencilled in lightly on back (which is correct, but probably erasable if it bothers you), good edges, oxidation consistent with captioned age. Rare. $20.00 bm(w) NEW / NOUVEAU / NEU
"Club Grounds" unused Cyko real photo postcard with divided back & good edges. Slight oxidation 7 back paper browning, consistent with circa-1908 to -1910 age. $10.00 b. See also "A Dirigible" above. NEW / NOUVEAU / NEU
"Come Home! We will have six City blocks of street carnival. Also Motor Boat races. // Come Home! We will have giant baloon(sic) and double parachute drop. // Parkersburg Centennial and Home Coming / Parkersburg W. Va. September 8th - 10, 1910" post card mailed there SEP 7 1910 (flag cancel) to Miss Carrie Courtney in Beloit Ohio, odd toning near the bottom back edge looks like balloon shading from another card. Rare, possibly because of the misspelling. $18.50 bw(p)r NEW / NOUVEAU / NEU
"COPYRIGHT PICTORIAL NEWS CO. / AIRSHIP 'AMERICA' / JUST BEFORE LAUNCHING LIFE BOAT AFTER TRAVELING 1008 MILES IN 72 HOURS / DESIGNED BY MELVIN VANIMAN, AERONAUTICAL ENGINEER" unused postcard with undivided back, light album toning at the corners, otherwise fairly fresh & decidedly rare. This was Vaniman's first Trans-Atlantic crossing attempt; he died on the second one in July 1912. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. bg(v)l
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"CROMWELL DIXON / Youngest Inventor and Aeronaut in the World--Age 14 years" unused unevenly divided back, imprint at left back edge reads: 'Olentangy Park,' / Columbus, Ohio. Front is very lightly & unevenly toned with one brighter white spot in the left margin which obscures nothing. Back is lightly & unevenly toned with a few light spots apparently paste residue; they obscure a couple of letters in the stamp box. A recent Internet search found no other offers & only one exhibit by a collector. $50.00 bo(c) NEW / NOUVEAU / NEU
"Dear / I was rather / worried" with signed René Bull art depicting an improbable aeronaut, unused circa-1908 postcard with unevenly divided back from The Ellandbee 'Humorous' Series (no. 128, designed in England & chromographed in Belgium for Landeker & Brown in London, small bottom corner bend, toning is very light. The work of this Irish- born then-English illustrator is more often seen in newspapers & magazines of his time. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. a(b)b
"DONT FAIL TO VISIT / C. H. DAVIDSON'S / 22 WEST WASH. ST. / THEY SAVE ... MONEY / FURNITURE HARDWARE / STOVES RUGS GUNS / PHOENIX" uncaptioned (so we use most of the advertising sign on the balloon basket) real photo post card mailed NOV 13 1910 at Phoenix Arizona Territory (complete flag cancel) to Mr. Isaac (Ike) Miles in Eaton Ohio by his brother, unfortunate heavy toning on both sides. Message in part: 'I was at the fair to0day went up in the balloon, went 1500 ft high had a fine trip and a good view of the country...' Rare. $10.00 ba(p)fgg(m) NEW / NOUVEAU / NEU
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"EVERYONE LOOKS UP TO YOU" with signed P. D. Sullivan art on a postcard with undivided back, mailed MAR 17 1907 from Canode New Mexico to Fred G. Avery in Ada Ohio. P The cancel from a discontinued post office, a little light, is rarity 5 according to our La Posta. $20.00 ab-n
"FLOYD WALLACE AND THE CAPTIVE BALLOON / Which escaped Sept. 20th, at the Oneonta, (N. Y.) Fair, carrying him 30 miles through the air to Summit. In his hand is the knife with which he cut the balloon, climbing the ropes above the basked to accomplish the feat, allowing the gas to escape. // PUBLISHED BY GEO. REYNOLDS & SON, ONEONTA, N. Y." postcard mailed at Oneonta NOV 13 1905 to Ed Rappleyea in Prattsville New York, extensive but light toning both sides probably from album contact. We have seen very fanciful prices on other offers--even over $100.00--but believe that $12.00 is reasonable. bn(o)kg NEW / NOUVEAU / NEU
"Forest Park, St. Louis, Mo. / BALLOON AND AIRSHIP CONTESTS / CENTENNIAL WEEK / Saint Louis" post card mailed August 17 1910 from Saint Louis, faint lower corner crease, a little toning near the edges of both sides. Rare. $15.00 a(p)bm(s) NEW / NEU / NOUVEAU
"Greetings / from / Irving / Illinois" in glitter added to a postcard with fanciful art depicting an airship made mostly of violets, addressed & messaged to Miss Estella Matkins in Fillmore Illinois but unmailed, minor wear to the bottom corners, some of the glitter rubbed off. Interesting message from ailing writer--'I went to Nokomis two weeks to Mrs. Rungg's to take treatment from the Osteopath and now go to Hillsboro when I am able...' The Hillsboro DO was John J. Pleak, who visited Nokomis once a week. Hillsboro, Irving & Nokomis are all in Montgomery County. $8.00 i(i)mgb
"I DROPPED OFF AT OTTAWA / Copyright. The Allets Mfg. Co., Ottawa". Left: silhouette art depicts a salesman with sample case descending from a balloon, breaking his fall with an umbrella; postcard addressed & messaged in French, dated 9 Janvier 1906, small lighter shallow scrapes in the front sky, paper browning with age. $5.00 bou. Right: same caption, lady descends with umbrella breaking her fall; post card with undivided back, light toning both sides, better ageing of the paper. $9.00 bou. Both hard-to-find for $12.75. bou
"KNABENSHUE AND HIS AIR SHIP / THE FRANKLIN, TOLEDO" unused post card with undivided back, minor wear to 3 corners, otherwise fairly fresh. We have seen another example canceled in 1905. $12.00 bo(t) NEW / NOUVEAU / NEU
"Knabenshue leaving Spitzer Building on his return trip June 30, 1905" showing the airship 'Toledo No. 1'; unused postcard with undivided back, fairly fresh with good edges. This Toledo Ohio scene was from one of 6 known instances of an airship landing on any building. $15.00 bo(t) NEW / NOUVEAU / NEU
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"Knabenshue's Airship at Brockton Fair, 1906. Photo by D. T. Burrell." post card with good edges. Many postcards were issued for this appearance, but this one is hard to find. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. bm(b)p
"KNABENSHUE'S PASSENGER AIR SHIP" showing the 'White City', the first passenger dirigible in America; unused postcard with evenly divided back. We have seen the age of this post card incorrectly estimated as 1913, but we have seen another example postmarked 1908; so we disagree. $11.00 b NEW / NOUVEAU / NEU
NEWTON / NEWTON DEPOT (NEWTON COUNTY). "Life Saver ... [very hard to read 2-line caption]" sepia-tone real photo postcard mailed DEC 6 1911 at Newton Mississippi to Mrs. J. N. Flindt in Davenport Iowa by her son Emil who wrote: 'Moma, This is a picture of the balloon we have with the show...". Small bottom corner crease tiny upper corner bend. $12.00 bm(n) NEW / NOUVEAU / NEU
"Moosehead Lake, Me. Flying at Mt. Kineo" showing a piloted airship carrying 4 passengers over the water; unused postcard made in Germany, published by Kineo Company (their number 33840), tiny spot of light toning near the stamp box, otherwise fairly fresh. Seldom offered. $12.00 bm(m) NEW / NOUVEAU / NEU
"North Adams Balloon Days, March - 1908" showing the 'North Adams No. 1' balloon; unused Azo (triangles all up) post card with album toning on back & good edges. This Massachusetts club gave ballooning 2 of its who's who: F. H. white, sport balloonist & William Fitzhugh Whitehouse. Rare. $20.00 bm(n) NEW / NOUVEAU / NEU
"Photo Art Prints for Framing or Mailing / Adirondack Balloon Festival / Glens Falls, NY" color continental postcard in excellent condition, copyrighted Dean Color. $1.50 bn
"Photo Art Prints for Framing of Mailing / ADIRONDACK HOT AIR / BALLOON FESTIVAL / GLENS FALLS, N.Y." color continental postcard in excellent condition, copyrighted Dean Color. $1.50 bn
"Picking Oranges in California. / AS SEEN ON THE BALLOON ROUTE / EXCURSION" post card with unevenly divided back mailed 1907 from Playa Del Ray California to Mrs. Frank Sackey in Richmond Indiana, 2 corners creased, mild corner & edge wear. $3.25 abc(u)
"'Ready for the Race' Indianapolis, Indiana." showing 8 of the 9 gas-filled balloons entered in their in the first event-competition ever to be held at the Indianapolis Speedway on June 5 1909; unused post card published by the Indiana News Company, made in Germany, good edges, very light toning near the right back edge. Also notable because the event caused the first traffic jam at the facility. The winner went some 382 miles to Alabama. Rare: we did not find it offered elsewhere or even exhibited when we searched the Internet. $40.00 bri(i)
"ROYAL ENGINEERS, BALLOON SECTION, / PREPARING FOR AN ASCENT WITH / BALLOON 10,000 FEET CAPACITY / Copyright" their crest below the caption; unused postcard from the Star Series of G. D. & D. London, minor wear & corner rounding, spotty toning on back mostly near the top edge. $5.00 bm(g)h
"ROY KNABENSHUE'S AIR-SHIP / Will make daily flights during / THE GREAT DARKE COUNTY FAIR / AUGUST 26 - 27 -28 - 29 & 30 1907 // Don't forget the date; And meet me there sure!" post card published by the Wm. H. Williams Company in Greenville, mailed at Greenville AUG 24 1907, mentions 'the big pumpkin show next week'. Its appearance at the Great Darke County Fair was described in the July 25 1907 Greenville Journal. Rare. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. bo(g)o(t)
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See also our extensive Zeppelin postcards.
"Stargazer / Project Stargazer was established in Ja. 1959 for high altitude / astronomical investigation from above 95 percent of the earth's at- / mosphere." showing the balloon's gondola now on display at the Air Force Museum, unused chrome-era postcard in excellent condition. $1.00 bma
"Strobel Air Ship / Voltz" at Waterville Maine (which we know because that information was later added to the caption of other postcards bearing the exact same image). Unused sepia-tone Azo (triangles all up) real photo post card in excellent condition. This variant of the card is rare & you will not find any variant of it in better condition. $20.00 bm(w) NEW / NOUVEAU / NEU
"STROBEL'S AIRSHIP AERONAUT FRANK W. GOODALE" unused circa-1910 post card with evenly divided back, heavy album toning at the front corners & most of the back. $13.00 bg(g) NEW / NOUVEAU / NEU
"STROBEL'S AIRSHIP AERONAUT FRANK W. GOODALE" postcard mailed FEB 8 1911 from Coopersville Michigan to Mrs. D. C. Foreman at Leroy Michigan, album marks at the front corners. $14.00 bg(g) NEW / NOUVEAU / NEU
"TAKE A TRIP WITH ME IN THE AIRSHIP AT THE 'BANNER FAIR' / CELINA, O., AUG., 16-19th" postcard mailed AUG 3 1910 to Zelma Springer in Van Wert Ohio by her cousin. This is a Strobel airship. The name Stanley Vaughn is written neatly on the back in pencil, correctly identifying the aeronaut. $13.00 bo(c)g(s) NEW / NOUVEAU / NEU
"The 'California Arrow' / Capt. Thomas S. Baldwin, / 250th Anniversary Celebration, / Norwich, Conn. / July 5th and 6th 1909" postcard mailed NOV 12 1909 from Norwich, minor wear at one upper corner, very lightly toned back. $8.00 bc(n) NEW / NOUVEAU / NEU
"The Falling Airship 'Akron' H. B. SMITH ©" its remains plummeting to water carrying all 5 people aboard (including the inventor & photographer Chester Melvin Vaniman) to their deaths from an altitude of 750 meters; NOKO real photo postcard with mourning border surrounding the image, over-all back pencil writing imperfectly erased. The place is near Atlantic City New Jersey, the effort was a second attempt at a trans-Atlantic crossing & the date 2 July 1912. Internal pressure split the bag containing the hydrogen gas which then escaped & exploded. $120.00 bdn(a)pp NEW / NOUVEAU / NEU
"THE FLYING MACHINE. -- EARL'S COURT 1904 / Copyright, J. J. Keliher & CO., Limited, London, S. E." post card mailed 1904 at Earl's Court to Miss Evie Gould in Clapham S. W., messaged in part 'We have just been in the Flying Machine (Bird & I) How would you like to? It was jolly fine. Dad & Ma wouldn't come.' Minor corner roudning, light toning both sides. $10.00 be(e)a NEW / NOUVEAU / NEU
"The Kids from Greensburg Kansas" with fantasy art showing multiple babies suspended from a balloon, unevenly divided back post card mailed circa-1907 from Greensburg,upper corner crease. Printed in Germany by K. V. i. B. 12, Serie 1525 for the United Art Publishing Company of New York City. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. k(g)bf
The unforgettable almost-magical balloon drop over the thousands of gymnasts (comprising the then-largest gymnastics meet in history) as they reach upwards at the 1992 Buckeye Classic in Columbus Ohio. Photography by Bill Judnick. 5"x7" black-and-white custom prints $9.00 each. g(b)-b
"This balloon was at our fair a few weeks ago." uncaptioned (so we use the pertinent text written on front) real photo post card, colorless impressed logo of the Waldrop Photo Co. in San Juan Puerto Rico on back, mailed MAR 3 1911 (cancel place to light to be sure) to Miss Catherine Myers in Tonawanda New York, small upper corner crease, long almost vertical crease faintly toward the right front side. A few years later the originator became known as the Waldrop Photographic Company. $15.00 bp(s) NEW / NOUVEAU / NEU
"Unsere Zukunst liegt in der bust / Graf Zeppelin / 3909" meaning 'our future is in the chest' in German, unused metamorphic Postkarte with the head & cap of the count incorporating two zeppelins & several balloons, slight oxidation, small upper corner crease, lightly toned back. $20.00 mbb
"WILL TAKE A FLYING TRIP TO [ ... ]" signed Grace Harlow art depicting a gentleman suspended beneath a balloon, postcard mailed AUG 16 1911 at Mishawaka to Mr. Gale Kirby in South Bend Indiana, corners worn & rounded, paper browning with age. Writer mentions a soft ball game upcoming with nearby Woodland, a weekly band concert at Wyatt & the country commencement at Spring Creek. $7.50 a(h)b
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