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I am an avid collector of intriguing old things including postcards, newspapers, photographs, advertising cards, souveniers, etc. All of the pictures in this blog are from my private collection. If you wish to enlarge any picture, simply click on it.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Old Postcards

I have a number of old postcards from all over the world. It is interesting to note the date on the postal stamp, to read the contents of a card, and to imagine what was going on in that time period. It is a great way to "escape" and get a little education at the same time.

I wonder how Tommy made out in World War II? Whatever became of his "sweetheart", Miss C. Erdman of Hartford, Connecticut?

Just found a second card from Tommy to Miss Caroline Erdman dated June 20, 1941 and mailed from Camp Wheeler, GA.

He addresses her as "Tootie" and lets her know he has been relocated to Camp Blanding, FL. He is Pvt T. A. Hubbs, Service Co, 169 Inf, 43 Div.

Just found this info on It is Thomas A. Hubbs's Army Enlistment record. Appears he mailed the first postcard just two days after he enlisted at Fort Devens.

U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
Name: Thomas A Hubbs
Birth Year: 1916
Race: White, citizen (White)
Nativity State or Country: Connecticut
State of Residence: Connecticut
County or City: Hartford

Enlistment Date: 13 Mar 1941
Enlistment State: Connecticut
Enlistment City: Hartford
Branch: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
Branch Code: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
Grade: Private
Grade Code: Private
Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)
Source: Civil Life

Education: 4 years of high school
Civil Occupation: Shipping and receiving clerks
Marital Status: Single, without dependents
Height: 66
Weight: 161

Source Information:

National Archives and Records Administration. U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2005. Original data: Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, 1938-1946 [Archival Database]; World War II Army Enlistment Records; Records of the National Archives and Records Administration, Record Group 64; National Archives at College Park, College Park, MD.

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1 comment:

  1. Hi Mike,
    I was excited to see your blog. Great cards and impressive research. You,share the same interest in the cards and senders that a number of us do. Be sure to check out the Postcard Roundup and Paper Sponge blogs. I think you'll find that they're kindred souls.

    I'll add you to my list of ephemera blog links...unless you'd rather have it under postcards?