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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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Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0200
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"When men can freely communicate their thoughts and their sufferings, real or imaginary, their passions spend themselves in air, like gunpowder scattered upon the surface; but pent up by terrors, they work unseen, burst forth in a moment, and destroy everything in their course."--Thomas Erskine, on the Advantages of Free Speech, Rex v. Paine, 1792. From the series Great Ideas of Western Man.

Artist:
Paul Rand, born New York City 1914-died Norwalk, CT 1996  Search this
Medium:
crayon, nail, and photomechanical reproduction on wood
Dimensions:
9 3/4 x 7 x 1 1/4 in. (24.7 x 17.6 x 3.0 cm.)
Type:
Sculpture
Date:
1954
Topic:
Figure\fragment\eye  Search this
Literature\Erskine, Thomas\On the Advantages of Free Speech  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Container Corporation of America
Object number:
1984.124.242
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Department:
Painting and Sculpture
On View:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 50A
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk7ce5ba4e0-cb0e-4027-955e-ee402b22976d
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1984.124.242

Picture postcard, "Garden of Mission Santa Barbara, Cal."

Graphic artist:
Mitchell, Edward H.  Search this
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 9.5 cm x 14 cm; 3 3/4 in x 5 1/2 in
Object Name:
postcard
Object Type:
Photomechanical Lithographic Processes
Other Terms:
Chromolithograph
Place made:
United States: California, San Francisco
Date made:
ca 1900
Credit Line:
Alice N. and Peter R. Levin
ID Number:
GA.24880.016
Catalog number:
24880.016
Accession number:
1978.0801
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a6-1835-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_809271

Picture postcard, "Interior San Fernando Mission, Founded 1797, San Fernando, California"

Graphic artist:
Van Ornum Colorprint Co.  Search this
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 9.5 cm x 14 cm; 3 3/4 in x 5 1/2 in
Object Name:
postcard
Object Type:
Photomechanical Relief Processes
Photomechanical Lithographic Processes
Place made:
United States: California, Los Angeles
Date made:
1908-1921
ID Number:
1986.0639.491
Accession number:
1986.0639
Catalog number:
1986.0639.491
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-89ba-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1420705

Picture postcard, "San Fernando Mission, Founded 1797, San Fernando, California"

Graphic artist:
Van Ornum Colorprint Co.  Search this
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 9.5 cm x 14 cm; 3 3/4 in x 5 1/2 in
Object Name:
postcard
Object Type:
Photomechanical Relief Processes
Photomechanical Lithographic Processes
Place made:
United States: California, Los Angeles
Date made:
1908-1921
ID Number:
1986.0639.0492
Accession number:
1986.0639
Catalog number:
1986.0639.0492
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-89bb-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1420706

Picture postcard, "Mission San Luis Rey de Francia, California - 1798"

Graphic artist:
Eno, I. L.  Search this
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 9.5 cm x 14 cm; 3 3/4 in x 5 1/2 in
Object Name:
postcard
Object Type:
Photomechanical Lithographic Processes
Photomechanical Relief Processes
Other Terms:
postcard; Halftone
Place made:
United States: California, San Diego
Associated place:
United States: California
Date made:
ca 1914
ID Number:
1986.0639.0312
Accession number:
1986.0639
Catalog number:
1986.639.0312
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a6-85cb-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_826598

Picture postcard, "Mission San Juan Bautista, San Juan, California - 1797"

Graphic artist:
Eno, I. L.  Search this
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 9.5 cm x 14 cm; 3 3/4 in x 5 1/2 in
Object Name:
postcard
Object Type:
Photomechanical Relief Processes
Photomechanical Lithographic Processes
Other Terms:
postcard; Halftone
Place made:
United States: California, San Diego
Associated place:
United States: California
Date made:
ca 1914
ID Number:
1986.0639.0313
Accession number:
1986.0639
Catalog number:
1986.639.0313
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a6-85cc-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_826599

Picture postcard, "Mission San Rafael, Arcangel. California - 1817"

Graphic artist:
Eno, I. L.  Search this
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 9.5 cm x 14 cm; 3 3/4 in x 5 1/2 in
Object Name:
postcard
Object Type:
Photomechanical Relief Processes
Photomechanical Lithographic Processes
Other Terms:
postcard; Halftone
Place made:
United States: California, San Diego
Associated place:
United States: California
Date made:
ca 1914
ID Number:
1986.0639.0316
Accession number:
1986.0639
Catalog number:
1986.639.0316
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a6-85cf-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_826602

Picture postcard, "Mission La Purísima Concepción, California - 1787"

Graphic artist:
Eno, I. L.  Search this
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 9.5 cm x 14 cm; 3 3/4 in x 5 1/2 in
Object Name:
postcard
Object Type:
Photomechanical Relief Processes
Photomechanical Lithographic Processes
Other Terms:
postcard; Halftone
Place made:
United States: California, San Diego
Associated place:
United States: California
Date made:
ca 1914
ID Number:
1986.0639.0317
Accession number:
1986.0639
Catalog number:
1986.639.0317
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a6-85d0-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_826603

Picture postcard, "Mission Santa Cruz, California - 1791"

Graphic artist:
Eno, I. L.  Search this
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 9.5 cm x 14 cm; 3 3/4 in x 5 1/2 in
Object Name:
postcard
Object Type:
Photomechanical Relief Processes
Photomechanical Lithographic Processes
Other Terms:
postcard; Halftone
Place made:
United States: California, San Diego
Associated place:
United States: California
Date made:
ca 1914
ID Number:
1986.0639.0318
Catalog number:
1986.639.0318
Accession number:
1986.0639
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a6-85d1-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_826604

Picture postcard, "Mission San Jose de Guadalupe, San Jose, California - 1797"

Graphic artist:
Eno, I. L.  Search this
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 9.5 cm x 14 cm; 3 3/4 in x 5 1/2 in
Object Name:
postcard
Object Type:
Photomechanical Relief Processes
Photomechanical Lithographic Processes
Other Terms:
postcard; Halftone
Place made:
United States: California, San Diego
Associated place:
United States: California
Date made:
ca 1914
ID Number:
1986.0639.0319
Accession number:
1986.0639
Catalog number:
1986.639.0319
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a6-85d2-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_826605

Picture postcard, "Mission San Miguel, California - 1797"

Graphic artist:
Eno, I. L.  Search this
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 9.5 cm x 14 cm; 3 3/4 in x 5 1/2 in
Object Name:
postcard
Object Type:
Photomechanical Relief Processes
Photomechanical Lithographic Processes
Other Terms:
postcard; Halftone
Place made:
United States: California, San Diego
Associated place:
United States: California
Date made:
ca 1914
ID Number:
1986.0639.0320
Accession number:
1986.0639
Catalog number:
1986.639.0320
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a6-85d3-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_826606

Picture postcard, "Mission Santa Inés, California - 1804"

Graphic artist:
Eno, I. L.  Search this
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 9.5 cm x 14 cm; 3 3/4 in x 5 1/2 in
Object Name:
postcard
Object Type:
Photomechanical Relief Processes
Photomechanical Lithographic Processes
Other Terms:
postcard; Halftone
Place made:
United States: California, San Diego
Associated place:
United States: California
Date made:
ca 1914
ID Number:
1986.0639.0321
Accession number:
1986.0639
Catalog number:
1986.639.0321
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a6-85d4-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_826607

Picture postcard, "Mission San Franciso Solano de Sonoma, California - 1823"

Graphic artist:
Eno, I. L.  Search this
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 9.5 cm x 14 cm; 3 3/4 in x 5 1/2 in
Object Name:
postcard
print
Object Type:
Photomechanical Relief Processes
Photomechanical Lithographic Processes
Other Terms:
print; Halftone
Place made:
United States: California, San Diego
Associated place:
United States: California
Date made:
ca 1914
ID Number:
1986.0639.0322
Accession number:
1986.0639
Catalog number:
1986.639.0322
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a6-85d5-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_826608

Picture postcard, "Mission Santa Clara de Asis, California - 1777"

Graphic artist:
Eno, I. L.  Search this
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 9.5 cm x 14 cm; 3 3/4 in x 5 1/2 in
Object Name:
postcard
Object Type:
Photomechanical Lithographic Processes
Photomechanical Relief Processes
Other Terms:
postcard; Halftone
Place made:
United States: California, San Diego
Associated place:
United States: California
Date made:
ca 1914
ID Number:
1986.0639.0323
Accession number:
1986.0639
Catalog number:
1986.0639.0323
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a6-85d6-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_826609

Picture postcard, "Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, California - 1722"

Graphic artist:
Eno, I. L.  Search this
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 9.5 cm x 14 cm; 3 3/4 in x 5 1/2 in
Object Name:
postcard
Object Type:
Photomechanical Relief Processes
Photomechanical Lithographic Processes
Other Terms:
postcard; Halftone
Place made:
United States: California, San Diego
Associated place:
United States: California
Date made:
ca 1914
ID Number:
1986.0639.0324
Accession number:
1986.0639
Catalog number:
1986.0639.0324
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ac-7a26-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_826610

Picture postcard, "Mission San Antonio de Padua, California - 1771"

Graphic artist:
Eno, I. L.  Search this
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 9.5 cm x 14 cm; 3 3/4 in x 5 1/2 in
Object Name:
postcard
Object Type:
Photomechanical Relief Processes
Photomechanical Lithographic Processes
Other Terms:
postcard; Halftone
Place made:
United States: California, San Diego
Associated place:
United States: California
Date made:
ca 1914
ID Number:
1986.0639.0325
Accession number:
1986.0639
Catalog number:
1986.0639.0325
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a6-85d7-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_826611

Picture postcard, "Mission San Carlos - 1770, Monterey - California"

Graphic artist:
Eno, I. L.  Search this
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 9.5 cm x 14 cm; 3 3/4 in x 5 1/2 in
Object Name:
postcard
Object Type:
Photomechanical Relief Processes
Photomechanical Lithographic Processes
Other Terms:
postcard; Halftone
Place made:
United States: California, San Diego
Associated place:
United States: California
Date made:
ca 1914
ID Number:
1986.0639.0326
Accession number:
1986.0639
Catalog number:
1986.0639.0326
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a6-6001-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_826612

Picture postcard, "Mission Santa Barbara, California - 1786"

Graphic artist:
Eno, I. L.  Search this
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 9.5 cm x 14 cm; 3 3/4 in x 5 1/2 in
Object Name:
postcard
Object Type:
Photomechanical Relief Processes
Photomechanical Lithographic Processes
Other Terms:
postcard; Halftone
Place made:
United States: California, San Diego
Associated place:
United States: California
Date made:
ca 1914
ID Number:
1986.0639.0327
Accession number:
1986.0639
Catalog number:
1986.0639.0327
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a6-6002-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_826613

Picture postcard, "San Carlos Borroméo (El Carmel Mission) near Monterey, California - 1770."

Graphic artist:
Eno, I. L.  Search this
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 9.5 cm x 14 cm; 3 3/4 in x 5 1/2 in
Object Name:
postcard
Object Type:
Photomechanical Relief Processes
Photomechanical Lithographic Processes
Other Terms:
postcard; Halftone
Place made:
United States: California, San Diego
Associated place:
United States: California
Date made:
ca 1914
ID Number:
1986.0639.0331
Accession number:
1986.0639
Catalog number:
1986.0639.0331
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a6-4ac1-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_826617

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