Tuesday, May 15, 2018

1951 postcard: "camped ... behind a big pile of Gravel"

This generic linen postcard features a "Greetings from KULPMONT, PA." caption on the front. Kulpmont, a borough in Northumberland County, has tumbled from its peak population of about 6,200 residents in the 1940 census to an estimated population of 2,800 today. (Well, not today literally. More of a "these days" thing.)

The postcard was mailed from Wellsboro and postmarked on October 3, 1951. The postmark includes a stamped message urging people to "HIRE THE HANDICAPPED, IT'S GOOD BUSINESS."

The card was mailed to Middletown, Delaware, (birthplace of Silas Simmons, a pro baseball player who lived to age 111) and contains the following cursive message:
Oct. 2
Here we are camped near Sunbury Penn. behind a big pile of Gravel. We went thru Crystal Caves today. It's a beautiful sight. We are having a grand time. Plan on being in New York by tomorrow nite if we don't see to [sic] much before then.
Love Ina & all

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