One thing about Humboldt County, they don’t lack for quality postcards. Sara reports that their small business Saturday shopping got them in a good spot for Christmas. She says they usually buy when they travel, but since there has been no travel, the money is staying local.
One thing about the mobile S/S household: they know how to send an address update. I’m excited to visit when it is safe again.
Sara sent me this great postcard. And I have no idea what it says on the back because it’s not where I keep the postcards that are waiting to be written up for the blog.
I like the books though! They are great!
The postcard will turn up. Someday.
Laurie and Burt report that they tried a night during COVID at their favorite McMenamins. (It’s also my favorite McMenamins.) Laurie notes that it’s not the same because they aren’t using the indoor shared spaces, but that they did get to do the soaking pool and hang out on the grounds.
It sounds like it was a good enough visit for these pandemic times.
At SCRAP, I poked through their postcards and grabbed two that had been sent long ago. Let’s have a look.
This is Athens in the 1960s, as you will find out from the next picture. It’s not super visible, but there’s a tiny pinprick near the top of the card and my bet is that this card was tacked up for a period of time.
Things we can surmise from this post card: Smitty is in the Air Force; Athens in February is not Smitty’s favorite thing (so far); he would rather be back in the states; Sidnee, according to Smitty, is still his girl, though he can’t tell her himself, even though the postcard is partially addressed to her.
I like this FDR postage, plus I have the full address, which I have redacted.
Do you want to see a picture of the house this card was sent to?
It’s a great looking house. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,126 square feet, according to Zillow. Also, the site’s “Zestimate” is $786,651. That had me scrolling out on the Google Map to figure out where Heyward, California is. It’s south of Oakland in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The next postcard is Noordwijk, a town in the Netherlands.
It’s two years later, and this postcard is addressed just to Dee, from Bailey.
From this card, we know that Bailey is optimistic about international mail. Christmas is three days from when they wrote the date. We also know that December is a a very cold time to visit the Netherlands.
I love this oil rig stamp. Also, props to Bailey for clear handwriting.
Given that I had so much to go on, I did a search (thanks NewsBank) to see if Dee was still with us. Unfortunately, she died in 2012. Here is her obituary, which is full of great details.
Delores Del Rio Gaymon Snell 1934 – 2012 Resident of Hayward, CA
Delores ‘Dee’ Del Rio Gaymon Snell passed away unexpectedly on January 4, 2012.
She was born on April 17, 1934 in Winston Salem, NC to the late Betty Gaymon and Frank Greene and was raised by her aunt and uncle, Lula Mae Burgess and William Burgess, Sr.
She married William Snell II in 1955 and from this union Sidnee and William III (Tre’) were born. She moved to Hayward, California in the summer of 1963 arriving in a green Volkswagen Beetle.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father, her aunt and uncle, her son, and her brother, William Burgess, Jr.
Delores graduated from Chabot Community College (Associate in Arts Degree), California State University East Bay (Bachelor of Arts Degree and Teaching Credential), and the College of Saint Thomas (Masters of Fine Arts). Delores was employed as an art teacher by the Long Beach Unified School District. She also sold insurance through Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. In addition, she created a line of artistic products and marketed them through her company, Wee B Nappi.
She was a devoted teacher, artist, freelance model, and philanthropist. She loved travel, books, theater, humanitarian causes, fund-raising, and her little dog, Brandy. She was a member of Grant AME Church in Los Angeles, Brookins AME Church in Oakland (where she was instrumental in starting the food program), and attended South Bay Community Church in Fremont. She was a dedicated member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., the Queen Jean Book Club, the Hayward Arts Council, the Aids Ministry of Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland, and the annual Hayward Martin Luther King Celebration Committee. She participated in weekly sewing and knitting groups in Hayward.
Delores leaves to cherish her memory a daughter, Sidnee Snell ; son-in-law, Alan Petersen; grandson, Marshall Petersen; granddaughter, Alex Snell ; sister-in-law, Delores Burgess; nephews, William and Michael Burgess and a host of caring friends and neighbors.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday, January 24th at 11:00 am at Brookins AME Church (Rev. Mark Smith), 2201 73rd Ave., Oakand. (At 10:30 am, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc will perform the Delta Omega Omega Ceremony at the same location.) In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the AIDS Ministry, Allen Temple Baptist Church (Att. Gloria Cox Cowell), 8501 International Blvd., Oakland, CA 94621.
And here’s a picture. Wouldn’t you have liked to know her well enough to write her a postcard on your international travels?
The question remained. How did these postcards make their way to Portland?
Thanks to the Snell family for donating two postcards that let me peek into their lives.
Joanna sent me this postcard which contains a quote by Gwendolyn Brooks I have in my stack of quotes. It’s fun to encounter quotes in the wild.
Here’s information about Ms. Brooks. Someday I will get to read Annie Allen. It’s not currently in print.
Sara sends summer bounty greetings to welcome August.
I’m interested how many “early” vegetables the W.D. Burt Co. was promoting. Dalton is between Buffalo and Ithaca, so perhaps their winter comes early.
Another also-ran of the encouragement postcards Sara purchased for her students. It seemed a bit much for The Times We Live In, so I got it instead of her students.
Sara reports that she has finished her paid summer obligation and is now excited to have a break. It’s not been a great summer for Summer Sara, yet.
Sara reports that she and Shawn visited this store on the weekend and she snapped up the card to send to me. She also reports that she’s writing it during a meeting, but that it looks like good notetaking. Very sneaky!
As free postcards go, this is top-notch!
Sara no longer remembers where she got this postcard, but she sends me summer greetings regardless.
I do like California poppies!