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Old 12-30-2017, 12:18 AM
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Default The Original Owners of Our Cards

I recently acquired a new card for my New Orleans collection (thanks Mac!). It has writing on the back, which is usually a bad thing. However, in this case I actually like it because I biked past the house several times per week for a decade. I collect New Orleans cards because of how much I enjoyed my 10 years there, so to see an address that I knew written on the back was pretty fun.

Eva Reach wrote her name and address, 1036 Joseph Street, on the back (post continued below the card):

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Here is the house:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/10...!4d-90.1164077

I contacted the Historic New Orleans Collection to ask for leads on Ms. Reach and was blown away by how much Heather sent me: phone books, census records, and more. It turns out that Eva, who was 7 years old in 1910, moved to 1036 Joseph Street in 1910, where she lived until 1916. Those dates dovetail nicely with the 1911-1916 dates for T216.

Eva's father, Edward Reach, was the chief clerk for Schut & Kiehn, a lumber exporter in New Orleans and also a member of the Grand Lodge of the Knights of Pythias.

In 1931, Eva married Leonard E. Franseen in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and they went on to have two sons, Leonard and Richard. The family moved to New Orleans and then to Dallas, where Eva’s husband passed away in 1957. Eva died in New Orleans on July 12, 1962.

How about you? Do you know who owned one of your pre-war cards when it was brand new?

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Old 12-30-2017, 07:54 AM
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Nice story and research, Bryan. This Arrelanes card came from a guy with last name of Smith. He collected it as a kid and then I got it from his grandson. It was part of the largest find I ever had. It was collected in the Northern California area, Grass Valley.
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http://www.net54baseball.com/showthread.php?t=147783

Never reticent to toot my own horn, the above thread from yesterday year outlines the history of my Waddell.

Stamped by the original owner Nelson Tisdel, who passed the card on to his son Donald who traded the card in the 40s to the man I purchased it from, Gordon Soutter, who had kept the card in his collection for over 60 years.

So I am the fourth owner.

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The card was stamped and signed by Nelson. When Nelson's son traded the card to Gordon Soutter, he signed the card. Mr. Soutter's wife listed the card on eBay, but verified that Gordon was still alive and the third rightful owner of the card.

That makes me the fourth.
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I've always been intrigued by the "life" of a baseball card. Who owned it? How many owners? Where was it stored for these 100 years? I stare at them and wonder where it was while historical events were going on. I think that may be one of the biggest draws to postcards for me aside from beauty and rarity. Messages from the past to loved ones in other parts of the country encapsulate the moment and freeze it in time forever. Here are two of my postally-used postcards.
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I've always been intrigued by the "life" of a baseball card. Who owned it? How many owners? Where was it stored for these 100 years? I stare at them and wonder where it was while historical events were going on. I think that may be one of the biggest draws to postcards for me aside from beauty and rarity. Messages from the past to loved ones in other parts of the country encapsulate the moment and freeze it in time forever. Here are two of my postally-used postcards.
I live in a house built in the 1920s and I often think about the fact that it has stood here through the Depression, World War II, Viet Nam, etc.,etc. Getting into tobacco cards has amplified this even more...two World Wars, the Russian Revolution, etc. Survived bicycle spokes, paper drives, annual spring cleanings. Where did these tiny cigarette premiums live and survive on their way to my collection a hundred plus years later? Fun to think about. So I truly love reading these stories you all have posted that shine a light into the past. Thanks for sharing.

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I've don't mind writing on the back of a card, especially if the writing is vintage and nicely done. I'm not sure who owned this one, but whoever did apparently wrote when and where he (or she) got it ...
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Old 12-30-2017, 11:24 AM
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Won these from Al's LOTG auction
Strejc was 11 years old when he got these & saved his cards until he died (1975)
They came from his family & Al had them slabbed & pedigreed, a nice tribute to a collector over a century ago
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I'm not sure who owned this one, but whoever did apparently wrote when and where he (or she) got it ...
I like the fact that the collector wrote the day of week and time of day (Wednesday evening) as well...it should help researchers pin down a more exact time frame for distribution of these E121 American Caramel cards. Rhett, are you reading?

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I showed these a couple years ago, but I know a few of us have cards that were owned by a collector named Elias Beasley and were later sold by his grandson. He signed his name on the back of his cards. So far as I'm aware, he's popped up on T3s, T206 Piedmont 350s, and T209-1s. Interestingly, he signs his full name on the T3s, but just "Elias" on the T206s given their size. On T209-1s, which are ever-so-slightly larger than T206s, he fits in his last initial

Here is a short writeup posted a few years ago -

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Several months ago I was lucky enough to have a beautiful T3 Turkey Red find. A few of the cards have writing on the back. A handful note "Reid Pleasant Drug" across the top. My assumption is that was a local drug store - several ways the cards could be attached to the store. Best of all, one of the cards carries the signature of "Elias Beasley". Mr. Beasley was the original collector as a very young man. I purchased the cards from Mr. Beasley's grandson. During our negotiations for the cards, we talked a fair amount about the family and the story about how the cards were kept, owned, etc. I was very interested and wanted to find a way to preserve the collection (before some headed out to all corners of the earth) and document the provenance.


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I tried to track down the original owner of a few of my cards once. It's postwar, but since it's on topic, here's the original thread.
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