On September 1, 1932, Novie Ocy Riner and his friend Roscoe Hatch set off for the National Association of Letter Carriers' convention in Portland, Oregon. They drove down the Pacific Coast to San Francisco, then to Los Angeles, San Diego and Tijuana. Mr. Riner sent a postcard to his future wife, Mattie Keel, every day of the trip. Their courtship lasted nearly ten years, having been delayed by the Depression, illness, etc., and they eloped in 1937.
The collection consists of the surviving postcards sent to Mattie Keel by Mr. Riner on a 1932 trip, plus cards sent to Ms. Keel by earlier suitors, 1912-1915.
Mattie Keel Riner Postcard Collection, 1912-1932, Archives Center, National Museum of American History