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What’s a deltiologist? Linked in with neat York County history stuff – Feb. 3, 2011

Joyce Rode shared this postcard advertising sales at Reineberg's Shoe Store. The card was sent in 1980 and 1981, but the photo is from 1925. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS - SUBMITTED

Joyce Rode shared this postcard with the York Daily Record/Sunday News showing advertising sales at York, Pa.’s, Reineberg’s Shoe Store. The photo shows this local icon in 1925, and the business operates today in a Springettsbury Township location. Check out other postcard views at the YDR’s Media Center. Also of interest: Codorus Creek, then a recreational venue, and 4 other memorable postcard views of York County, Pa.

Mary Linkous from New Park in southeastern York County addressed a query from Jo Ott about why some postcards of old had animals attached to them.

She did not know the answer, but put forth a response that opened two new areas of insight for me.
First, she provided a postcard expert: Mary L. Martin Postcards in Perryville, Md., across the Susquehanna River from Havre de Grace, not far from York County’s southern border.
The store is billed as the the largest postcard shop on earth with 10 million cards… .

And secondly, the store’s website says the shop offers antique postcards for the experienced deltiologist as well as the amateur collector.
That sent me to the dictionary. Of course, that’s someone who studies and collects postcards.
Everyone knows that?
Is that new to you?
New to me.
Anyway, sounds like a day trip to Martin’s in Perryville is in order.

Other neat stuff from all over … .
Query from reader: Marilyn Hansen e-mailed with a question: Was I the James McClure from York County that she was looking for?
I’m not, but here is part of her query in case the right James McClure reads this:

“I saw that the editor of this newspaper was James McClure so am hoping that this is the right address. I have been working on the McClure family for about 20 years — being a descendant of Arthur McClure who died in 1800 in Greenbrier Co., VA. Trying to trace lines of all of his sons, I end up with a James McClure
(descendant of James, son of Arthur) in York Co., Pa, son of Hubert and grandson of Eustice Blaine McClure. If you are the right James and if you are interested in learning more about your family, please let me know. If you are not James McClure or if you are the wrong James McClure, please let me know this also so I can continue on my search.”

Recommended blog post of the day, I: Yorkblogger Gordon Freireich writes about memories of the smell of Smutz’s, a long-closed leather shop that is being rehabbed at 24 N. George St, near the new Codo project.
Recommended blog post of the day, II: Windows into York’s Scott Butcher probes the intriguing question: Did Henry Ford Intend to Purchase the Schultz House?
Recommended forum of the day: People are responding to Only in York County’s More memories of Franklin Discount Mart, Feder’s News Stand and Spangler’s Drug Store
Important guys:

The York County (Pa.) Community Foundation, known for years as the York Foundation, is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2011. Beauchamp E. Smith, center, signed papers that created the foundation. Flanking him in this photo from The Gazette and Daily are attorney Martin B. Ebbert, secretary, left, and Ben Lavetan, vice president.The Gazette and Daily reported, ‘ “The formation of the York foundation, an organization which ‘has for its goal the community’s improvement through independent management of all types of gifts,” was announced yesterday.’ For more details see Our Beginnings on the YCCF’s website. Also of interest: Who are York County’s most influential citizens? and Who will lead the York area in the future? and York County quality-of-life groups seeking to regain magic cooperation of York Plan.


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