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Victor A. Blenkle Postcard Collection

Creator:
National Philatelic Collection, Smithsonian Institution.  Search this
Blenkle, Victor A., Dr., 1900-1978 (physician)  Search this
Source:
Extractive Industries, Division of.  Search this
Former owner:
Extractive Industries, Division of.  Search this
Extent:
10 Cubic feet (29 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Postcards
Picture postcards
Photographs
Photographic postcards
Place:
Europe -- Postcards
Date:
circa 1880-circa 1970
Summary:
This collection consists of postcards gathered by Dr. Victor A. Blenkle, a twentieth century physician. The postcards primarily concern geographical locations and landmarks in the United States and Western Europe, but also include materials from six other continents.
Scope and Contents:
The Blenkle Collection consists of 29 boxes of postcards, principally about geographical locations, landmarks, monuments and other buildings of interest around the world. The bulk of the cards are about the United States and Western Europe, but countries in 6 continents are represented. The earliest cards included date from the late 1880s and the latest card date from the mid-1970s. The cards are arranged in alphabetical order by state name, name of country, and then specific locations.
Arrangement:
The collection is divided into four series:

Series 1 includes 16 boxes of cards about geographical locations within the United States. These cards are organized first by state in alphabetical order, secondly by city or place name (for example, Grand Canyon). Cities or locations with fewer than three postcards are arranged into general categories such as "Cities". Cards with no clear location are grouped by illustrated subject, such as "Winter Scenes."

Series 2 consists of 9 boxes of cards about places outside the United States. These cards are in alphabetical order by name Of country, and then by city, location or geographical name,also in alphabetical order. The names of countries are used as listed on the card. For example, most of the German cards appear to date from before the division into East and West Germany, consequently, the name is listed as Germany, with no regard for the location of a place between 1945 and 1990.

Series 3 consists of 4 boxes of cards organized by subject. These are the only cards without specific geographical locations.

Series 4 consists of 1 box of cards and letters written by Dr. Blenkle or what appear to be members of his family.

Divided into 3 series: (1) U.S.A., (2) Foreign (mostly Europe), (3) Subjects. Arranged geographically and alphabetically.
Biographical / Historical:
The Blenkle Collection of Postcards was collected by Dr. Victor A. Blenkle, who lived in New Jersey. Little was known about Dr. Blenkle until Ms. Lorraine Clemente, his great-niece, supplied biographical information in 2006. All relevant curators involved in this acquisition are now deceased. Through processing, some conclusions were reached based on evidence contained within the collection itself.

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.)

We do not know when Dr. Blenkle began collecting postcards, but cards sent to him or with what appears to be his handwriting begin in the 1920s. It seems as if Blenkle also either purchased or traded for collections that were originally owned by others. For example, within the overall Blenkle collection, there are three smaller groups of cards of earlier origin. Some of these include the earliest materials in the collection, dating from the late 1880s and 1890s. These three smaller groups include a group of cards sent to (and some sent by) a Reverend Leach in Noroton, Connecticut who was a Lutheran minister. He also apparently ran some kind of a Bible study by mail program and so received a number of cards from those interested in the Bible. Another group of cards sent to addresses in Elgin, Illinois and other related Midwestern locations by members of an extended family and some of their friends between about 1895 and 1910. A third set of cards includes smaller group of cards sent by a group of family and friends in Wisconsin, apparently centering on Milwaukee. All of these include messages written on front or back and postmarks.
Provenance:
Bequeathed to the Smithsonian Institution by Victor A. Blankle in 1977.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Monuments -- Postcards  Search this
Buildings -- Postcards  Search this
Tourism  Search this
Genre/Form:
Postcards
Picture postcards -- Photomechanical
Picture postcards
Photographs -- Photomechanical prints
Photographs -- 19th century
Photographic postcards
Citation:
Victor A. Blenkle Postcard Collection, c. 1880-c. 1970, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution,
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0200
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Victor A. Blenkle Postcard Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0200
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William M. Rau Steamship Collection

Collector:
Rau, William M., 1929-2007  Search this
Donor:
Ellis, Katherine  Search this
Ellis, Katherine  Search this
Extent:
100 Cubic feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Drawings
Advertisements
Brochures
Slides (photographs)
Photographs
Calendars
Menus
Blueprints
Scrapbooks
Date:
1900 - 2007
Scope and Contents:
Approximately 100 cubic feet of photographs, slides, postcards, scrapbooks, brochures, artwork, drawings, and other ephemera documenting engine-powered vessels of the international maritime industry.

Brochures: The brochures are from international passenger lines and cruise lines. They detail both individual ships and shipping lines; they also detail features and services offered by the ship and crew.

Photographs: The photographs, which are captioned, depict ships of all kinds and sizes and in various locales. Some are of specific elements and equipment in the ships, including design elements.

Scrapbooks: Contain photographs, postcards, menus, brochures and flyers, advertisements and clippings. The majority cover passenger and cargo lines, whlie others are on regions or specific topics.

Postcard: include both commercially printed images and photographic postcards sent to Rau by friends.

Drawings and oversized materials, include blueprints of ships, dock and harbor facilities; artwork; posters; maps and charts; maritime calendars, large photographs, and miscellany.
Arrangement:
The collection is divided into five series.

Series 1: Scrapbooks

Series 2: Brochures

Series 3: Photographs and slides

Series 4: Postcards

Series 5: Drawings and oversized materials.
Biographical / Historical:
Rau was a Navy veteran and later an officer of the court for New York State and New York City until he retired in 1989. From 1989-2006, he served as the editor of the maritime historical publication of the Steamship Historical Society of America.
Provenance:
Collection donated by Katherine Ellis, daughter of William Rau, through his estate, 2013.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Postcards -- 20th century  Search this
Ocean liners  Search this
Ferries  Search this
Cruise ships  Search this
Boats and boating  Search this
Steamboats  Search this
Ships  Search this
Shipping  Search this
Passenger ships  Search this
Tourism  Search this
Travel  Search this
Genre/Form:
Drawings
Advertisements
Brochures
Slides (photographs) -- 20th century
Photographs -- 20th century
Calendars
Menus -- 20th century
Blueprints
Scrapbooks -- 20th century
Citation:
William M. Rau Steamship Collection, 1900-2007, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1306
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1306

Broadcasting Stations

Collection Creator:
Clark, George Howard, 1881-1956  Search this
Collection Source:
Electricity and Modern Physics, Division of, NMAH, SI.  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1910s-1940s
Scope and Contents note:
Series 8 contains articles; booklets; catalogs; correspondence; descriptions of stations and equipment; extracts; histories; newspaper and magazine clippings; notes; pamphlets; photographs; postcards; releases; RCA Radio Pageant, 1929; statistics; and summaries of data about specific broadcast stations, AM and FM, and about broadcasting studios. This series includes information about government and commercial stations, lists of which are in Series 109.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but a portion of the collection remains unprocessed and is stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.

Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs, negatives, and slides.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
George H. Clark Radioana Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0055, Series 8
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George H. Clark Radioana Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0055-ref1196

Photograph of Katherine Kuh and artists in San Miguel

Subject:
Archipenko, Angelica  Search this
Chavez Morado, Jose  Search this
Grabe, Klaus  Search this
Kuh, Katharine  Search this
O'Higgins, Pablo  Search this
Worley, Charles  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1939 August
Topic:
Artists in groups  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)12336
See more items in:
Katharine Kuh papers, 1875-1994, bulk 1930-1994
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_12336
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Geckler family postcard to Rockwell Kent

Creator:
Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Place:
Winona, Minn.
Date:
1913
Topic:
Horses  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)14669
See more items in:
Rockwell Kent papers, circa 1840-1993, bulk 1935-1961
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_14669
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Neuschwanstein Castle storage room filled with looted art

Subject:
Allied Forces. Supreme Headquarters. Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives Section  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1945 Sept.
Topic:
Art and war  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)15112
See more items in:
Thomas Carr Howe papers, 1932-1984
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_15112
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Photograph of Seward and Susitna [Alaska] mail team

Medium:
postcard stock; photo-emulsion
Dimensions:
Height x Width (unframed): 4 x 6 in. (10.16 x 15.24 cm)
Type:
Photographs
Place:
Alaska
United States of America
Date:
1913
Credit line:
National Postal Museum, Curatorial Photographic Collection Photographer: Louis H. Pedersen
Object number:
A.2009-35
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National Postal Museum Collection
Data Source:
National Postal Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/hm82385131d-a979-4291-bff7-a688fe4ab75c
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npm_A.2009-35

Photograph of postcard of US mail leaving Seward for Anchorage, Alaska

Medium:
postcard stock; photo-emulsion
Dimensions:
Height x Width (unframed): 4 x 6 in. (10.16 x 15.24 cm)
Type:
Photographs
Place:
Alaska
United States of America
Date:
c. 1905
Credit line:
National Postal Museum, Curatorial Photographic Collection Photographer: Hettel
Object number:
A.2009-36
See more items in:
National Postal Museum Collection
Data Source:
National Postal Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/hm8a955322d-be5a-4b37-94f4-02746bb22846
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npm_A.2009-36

Photograph of postcard of prize dog team in the Arctic

Medium:
postcard stock; photo-emulsion
Dimensions:
Height x Width (unframed): 4 x 6 in. (10.16 x 15.24 cm)
Type:
Photographs
Place:
Alaska
United States of America
Date:
1911
Credit line:
National Postal Museum, Curatorial Photographic Collection Photographer: Hugh C. Leighton Company
Object number:
A.2009-37
See more items in:
National Postal Museum Collection
Data Source:
National Postal Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/hm866ce0637-7d7b-4124-8272-186e45d0c25d
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npm_A.2009-37

Photograph of postcard of transporting US mail in Alaska

Medium:
postcard stock; photo-emulsion
Dimensions:
Height x Width (unframed): 4 x 6 in. (10.16 x 15.24 cm)
Type:
Photographs
Place:
Alaska
United States of America
Date:
c. 1910
Credit line:
National Postal Museum, Curatorial Photographic Collection Photographer: Unknown
Object number:
A.2009-38
See more items in:
National Postal Museum Collection
Data Source:
National Postal Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/hm8a8e9f0ef-739e-466b-ab24-4f69d4802e40
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npm_A.2009-38

Photograph of postcard of wreck of the Delaware and Hudson train

Medium:
paper; photo-emulsion
Dimensions:
Height x Width (unframed): 4 x 6 in. (10.16 x 15.24 cm)
Type:
Photographs
Place:
New York
United States of America
Date:
September 4, 1908
Credit line:
National Postal Museum, Curatorial Photographic Collection Photographer: Phelps
Object number:
A.2009-48
See more items in:
National Postal Museum Collection
Data Source:
National Postal Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/hm80537850d-8098-4c00-addf-c23aa9b84900
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npm_A.2009-48

Photograph of postcard of rural carrier H.O. Carson in gig

Medium:
postcard stock; photo-emulsion
Dimensions:
Height x Width (unframed): 4 x 6 in. (10.16 x 15.24 cm)
Type:
Photographs
Place:
United States of America
Date:
1909
Credit line:
National Postal Museum, Curatorial Photographic Collection Photographer: Unknown
Object number:
A.2009-50
See more items in:
National Postal Museum Collection
Data Source:
National Postal Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/hm8df26e4fe-8c57-48e8-9984-7d57e2c9313c
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npm_A.2009-50

postcard Mrs. Fiske as Leading Artist of the American Stage

Maker:
Sarony  Search this
Measurements:
overall: 14 cm x 8.6 cm; 5 1/2 in x 3 3/8 in
Object Name:
Photograph
postcard Mrs. Fiske as Leading Artist of the American Stage
postcard
Other Terms:
Photograph; Theater; Entertainment
Subject:
Theater  Search this
ID Number:
ET.234377.002GG
Catalog number:
234377.002GG
Accession number:
234377
See more items in:
Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ac-1eb2-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_374545
Online Media:

Photograph postcard of James Watanabe

Physical Description:
paper; ink (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 5 1/2 in x 3 5/16 in; 13.97 cm x 8.382 cm
Object Name:
photograph
Date made:
c.1945
Credit Line:
Gift of Barbara Watanabe
ID Number:
2017.3123.44
Nonaccession number:
2017.3123
Catalog number:
2017.3123.44
See more items in:
Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, Japanese American
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b3-8a5a-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1866906

Aunt Boo and her Dolls

Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 5 1/2 in x 3 1/2 in; 13.97 cm x 8.89 cm
Object Name:
real photo postcard
photographic postcard
Place made:
United States: Arkansas, Van Buren
Referenced:
United States: Arkansas, Mountainburg
United States: California, Ceres
Date made:
before 1906
Associated Date:
1947-08-04
Subject:
Toys  Search this
Women  Search this
Elderly  Search this
ID Number:
2018.0166.0001
Accession number:
2018.0166
Catalog number:
2018.0166.0001
See more items in:
Work and Industry: Photographic History
Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ae-28eb-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1893739
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Gator Nest

Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 5 1/2 in x 3 1/2 in; 13.97 cm x 8.89 cm
Object Name:
real photo postcard
photographic postcard
Referenced:
United States: North Carolina, Wilson
United States: Maryland, Forest Glen Park
Date made:
1907-1911
Associated Date:
1911-03-11
Subject:
Men  Search this
African American  Search this
ID Number:
2018.0166.0002
Accession number:
2018.0166
Catalog number:
2018.0166.0002
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Work and Industry: Photographic History
Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-69a0-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1893740
Online Media:

Two women riding burros

Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 3 1/2 in x 5 1/2 in; 8.89 cm x 13.97 cm
Object Name:
real photo postcard
photographic postcard
Referenced:
United States: Kansas, Enterprise
Postmark:
United States: Kansas
Date made:
1907-1909
Associated Date:
1909-11-02
Subject:
Women  Search this
Water  Search this
Animals  Search this
ID Number:
2018.0166.0003
Catalog number:
2018.0166.0003
Accession number:
2018.0166
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Work and Industry: Photographic History
Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-69a1-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1893741
Online Media:

Men gathered outside tent

Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 3 1/2 in x 5 1/2 in; 8.89 cm x 13.97 cm
Object Name:
real photo postcard
photographic postcard
Referenced:
United States: Maryland, Carroll
Date made:
ca 1907
Associated Date:
1907-09-08
Subject:
Camping  Search this
Men  Search this
Children  Search this
Women  Search this
ID Number:
2018.0166.0004
Catalog number:
2018.0166.0004
Accession number:
2018.0166
See more items in:
Work and Industry: Photographic History
Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b3-a113-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1893742
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Two children seated outside striped tent

Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 3 1/2 in x 5 1/2 in; 8.89 cm x 13.97 cm
Object Name:
real photo postcard
photographic postcard
Referenced:
United States: New York, Louisville
Date made:
1907-1913
Associated Date:
1913-07-30
Subject:
Children  Search this
Camping  Search this
ID Number:
2018.0166.0005
Catalog number:
2018.0166.0005
Accession number:
2018.0166
See more items in:
Work and Industry: Photographic History
Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b3-a3b2-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1893743
Online Media:

Four women, two children and a dog seated in a car

Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 3 1/2 in x 5 1/2 in; 8.89 cm x 13.97 cm
Object Name:
real photo postcard
photographic postcard
Referenced:
United States: South Dakota, Aberdeen
Date made:
1907-1909
Associated Date:
1909-04-24
Subject:
Dogs  Search this
Women  Search this
Children  Search this
Automobiles  Search this
ID Number:
2018.0166.0006
Catalog number:
2018.0166.0006
Accession number:
2018.0166
See more items in:
Work and Industry: Photographic History
Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b3-a114-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1893744
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