Victor A. Blenkle Postcard Collection, 1880s-1970s
Blenkle, Victor A. Dr (physician) 1900- 1978
National Philatelic Collection, Smithsonian Institution
Extractive Industries, Division of
10 cu. ft.: 29 boxes
Victor A. Blenkle (born December 15, 1900; died April 15, 1978) was one of six children; his siblings were Ferdinand, Herbert, Albert, Helene, and Julius. His parents, Ferdinand and Bertha, probably emigrated to the United States from Germany in the 1890s (his father was born in 1871). Victor Blenkle practiced medicine in Teaneck, N.J., where he was affiliated with Holy Name Hospital; his wife's name was Elsie. Blenkle was active in medical organizations and was a founder of Family Practice of New Jersey. He served in both World Wars, attaining the rank of lieutenant colonel. Many of the postcards in this collection were from Blenkle's patients, as well as family members. (Ms. Lorraine Clemente, great-niece of Victor Blenkle, supplied biographical information in 2006.)
Picture postcards from around the world, both photographic and photomechanical. Subjects are landmarks, monuments, buildings, scenery, etc. Some "real photo" postcards have been separated from the photomechanical cards, especially "Nudes and Glamour" (box 27), "Indians" (box 26) and "Indiana" (box 6).
Victor A. Blenkle Postcard Collection, ca. 1880s-1970s, Archives Center, National Museum of American History