Thursday, May 8, 2014

QSL cards: The Beers and a doggy

The first of today's QSL cards is for the Beer family of Leechburg, Pennsylvania. The hand-colored card for KJI1147 indicates that the clan consisted of:
  • Ellsworth Beer, aka Buttermilk Man or "Sus"
  • Charlotte Beer, aka CB'er
  • Patty Beer, aka Poodle Lady

The Beers lived at 240 Diamond Avenue in Leechburg and were members of the Kiski Valley CB'ers, according to a tiny logo on the left side of the card.

I was able to discover that Ellsworth Beer lived from 1902 until 1986 and married Charlotte Pifer. Ellsworth was the son of Cyrus Everhart Beer (1873-1944) and Ada Gertrude Lucas (1882-1965). He was buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Leechburg.

And here are two fun facts regarding Leechburg: 1. Former Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Mickey Morandini attended Leechburg Area High School. 2. According to Wikipedia, Leechburg Elementary was one of two schools in the United States that taught Russian to all students.

And this second QSL card comes from London. It was the G3DOG card (get it?) for Richard F.C. "Dick" Crowther.

The message portion on the back of the card states (the bold portions below were pre-printed; the rest was filled in with pen):
To Radio W9ZHK.
Confirming with thanks our CW QSO of 17/4/49 at 18:43 GMT 14001 KCS on 20 Metre Band.
Your signals were RST 4/5.69. QRM Bd.
The Rig here is TX PP.TZ40's. Input 150 Watts. Ant 2x h/2 Dipoles N/S fed in Phase. RX HRO.
Remarks Vy psd contact u DM thru bd QRM for first Wisconsin. Plenty noise from Wis in W2's hi.
Your QSL appreciated PSE Direct or via RSGB
Hoping to contact you again soon
without QRM.
Dick Crowther
QRM means "interference" in Q code. This card was mailed to Grover Hutchinson (W9ZHK) in Wisconsin 65 years ago.

Related update
I am sorry to report that, so far, nothing has come of my fun little QSL card experiment that I wrote about on March 30. Bummer. I know how you feel, puppy.

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