I often find a card or two that I pick up and feel satisfied that I'm returning the cards to their home -- Pigeon, Michigan!
This Saturday was a warm sunny day in Southwest Michigan, so I stripped off my jacket and headed into the Expo Center at the Kzoo Co. Fairgrounds. I was side tracked by a flea market on the opposite side of the show.
The flea market was, well, for fleas.
I wandered into the show, paid my two bucks and sat down at the vendor closest to the door: Wally Jung. He's the show organizer, so he gets the best spot. He usually has a few cards of interest to me.
For the record, my collection focuses on cards from my college alma mater: Ferris Institute/State College/State University as well as my hometown of Pigeon and several surrounding communities in Michigan's Thumb region.
Wally's booth lacked anything that I wanted, so I moved on. And on and on and on.
After two hours at the show, I had picked up a couple cards that had nothing to do with my primary card collection. They were simply interesting.
I took a break to grab an iced tea and ponder the day's lack of purchases, then returned to the show floor.
These shows can be a pain in the butt with people vying for space to belly-up to the vendor's tables. I had bypassed one vendor because of the crowded situation, but I needed to see what he had for me.
As any good salesman knows, you don't let a potential buyer get away.
"May I help you find something?" came the voice from behind the row of tables.
"I'm looking for cards from a little town in the thumb. Pigeon, Michigan," was my reply.
He scanned the neat boxes with tabbed dividers and pulled out a STACK of cards, handing them over to me.
I had hit postcard pay dirt!
Here are five of the 14 cards I added to my collection. Many of them I have never seen before, so there's a personal added value to these cards.
|German Lutheran Church, torn down years ago. Postmarked 1927|
from Berlin, Ontario, Canada.
|Main Street, looking south. I believe the building on the left|
is what I remember as the Reimann-Snyder Furniture Store.
|Main Street, looking north, probably just north of Hartley Street.|
|Main Street, looking north at Hartley Street. That house is still|
there today. Postmarked 1919
|The old school. Look at the number of kids!|
Postmarked 1914 -- that may have been AFTER it burned down.
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