Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Treasure Box Thursday: Photo Postcards, Alpena People

Since there is a plethora of Alpena-related items available for purchase online, I have decided to share new finds every Thursday for "Treasure Box Thursday." This week, several new photo cards featuring Alpena people are available on eBay.

1.  Girl Mowing Grass Postcard

This postcard features the beautiful smiling Pearl Chapman "mowing the grass on the campus."  I believe this woman is Pearl (maiden name Male) Chapman who was born in 1902 to George A Male and Amelia Soper in Long Rapids Twp.  She married John L Chapman on Mackinac Island on September 21, 1921, son of A.C. Chapman and Sophie Belanger. In 1930 she is shown on the census living in Alpena with her parents and her two children Betty L, born in about 1923, and John M, born in about 1924.

Also on the postcard are Majis Skeen and Byron Broadbooks in the background with the depot? further back.  Unfortunately I cannot locate information on these two.

2.  "The Brothers" Postcard

There is no name on this photo, but perhaps someone will recognize these two very handsome brothers from Alpena.  They were cute enough to get their own postcard!

3. Alpena Baseball Team 1920s-30s Postcard

There are no names on this photo of an Alpena baseball team circa 1920s-30s. If you click on the picture you'll get a supersize image - see if you recognize anyone!

4. Moslem Temple Fraternal Card - David Hanover

This was an 1890s "calling card" of David D. Hanover, who belonged to the Moslem Temple in Detroit.  The Moslem Temple i housed within the Masonic Temple in Detroit, which is a spectacular gothic structure and the largest Masonic Temple in the world. The fraternity seems to be an early version of the Shriners.

 David was the very first owner of  what is now the Center Building on 2nd Ave in 1903.

David is quite an intriguing character, so I decided to do some research and give him his own post here.

5. 1920s "Sun Bath" at Long Lake Postcard

This fun postcard features children with their mothers sunbathing at Long Lake.  Do you recognize anyone?

Hope you all enjoyed the latest batch of fun things for your treasure box!