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Old 06-26-2013, 01:49 PM
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Default I finally found a photo of Howe McCormick

Actually, two.

Since I started my quest more than five years ago to reassemble his collection, I've joined Ancestry.com and used several other places to find out as much about him as I could. But none of them ever had any photos, other than a website that specializes in images of grave markers, where I found he and wife Thelma's markers in Gainesville.

But yesterday, during one of my frequent "scan Google for anything new about Howe McCormick" searches, a website came up that listed the Alachuan year book for 1913 (Gainesville High School). He was listed as a member of the class of '16, which basically means he was a 16-year-old freshman. The first image was just a class photo, with no real order to who was who in the photo. But the orchestra photo listed him as the trombone player, which made it easy to figure out which one he was in both images.

Unfortunately, that is the only year he appeared in any yearbook. By 1915, his younger sister Bessie was listed as "pre-shool member", which I take to mean either middle school or junior high. Her photo is definitely not what we would consider pre-school today.

But finally a face to associate with the 231 cards I've been able to reassemble. Thanks to Adam (gradedcardman) for the addition of #231 earlier this week.

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Old 06-26-2013, 01:53 PM
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That's awesome! Great detective work!
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Very cool Ed!
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Nice sleuthing Ed...that IS awesome!!!!!
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Well done Ed. Contextualizing things is the way to go, and this is as good as it gets.

Great find!
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That is so cool! Congrats Ed.

Ed have you ever found any relatives of his and talked with them about Howe and this collection?

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I'm a little confused here...which one is Joe Jackson?
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I'm a little confused here...which one is Joe Jackson?
He's not in the picture everyone knows he played the French Horn John...c'mon.
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Old 06-26-2013, 02:39 PM
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That Howe kid looks like a habitual back stamper, definitely got the right individual
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I was super happy to see the title of this thread. Very exciting, Ed! Always been a huge fan of your collection.
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I recall seeing them posted elsewhere, but would love to see some pics of the whole gang back together again . . .
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Congrats Ed! Good luck going forward!

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Very cool how you have brought Howie to life! The back stamp now carries more meaning. Congrats, J
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Yeah, Jeremy, one of these days I'll have to find a suitable replacement and get that one of yours back with the others.
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Yeah, Jeremy, one of these days I'll have to find a suitable replacement and get that one of yours back with the others.
Ed - I am holding it for you, until then.
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Great detective work! Reminds me of this thread:
http://www.net54baseball.com/showthr...ghlight=tisdel
Howe's smiling.
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I wish it reminded me of this thread, but I found absolutely nothing. Notice the Jo(e) Jackson reference, some things never get old....sigh

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Great work Ed !! The photo I am certain will be a nice center piece.
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Nice addition to one of the coolest collections out there.

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Congrats Ed!

Very exciting discovery for your collection, and I'm sure Howie is smiling down on you!

Continued success on the quest.

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Default Wilbur Goode Hindu

When I first saw this I wondered who the hell was Howe McCormick? Never heard of him. After looking him up and discovering it was a backstamp it suddenly hit me. I have one. Probably about the 3rd T206 I got back around 1974-75.

It's faint and I still have it in my collection. Never tried to find a better Goode.

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It's a great feeling when all the hard work pays off, isn't it?

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Default And Ken, if you are ever inclined to look for another

please let me know. I'll keep my eye out for a Goode or better. Or another Hindu if that would work. I know there are a lot more out there and this is a prime example. Didn't know Wilbur existed until you post. Another exciting discovery.

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That Howe kid looks like a habitual back stamper, definitely got the right individual

Funny. Ed - congratulations! I love it, just read your posting to my wife and said" this is collecting at it's finest".

I didn't post in another thread a few months back but I agree that we almost have a responsibility to make sure all 'howe' cards get to your collection.

I wish you had a picture of yourself when you were searching on line and found it!

great job.

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Awesome research...I agree with Wonka, interested if he has any living relatives and if you have made contact with them.

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Very nice...you are connected to this old collector sort of the same way I am with Clarence Steen.

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This is the most awesome thread I've read in a long time.

Congrats, Ed, it's absolutely amazing that you were able to find photos of him. You are bringing this man to life in such a tangible way, it's one of the coolest things I've ever encountered in the hobby.

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does anyone know when Howie died>?
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Old 06-27-2013, 10:54 AM
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This is the most awesome thread I've read in a long time.

Congrats, Ed, it's absolutely amazing that you were able to find photos of him. You are bringing this man to life in such a tangible way, it's one of the coolest things I've ever encountered in the hobby.

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I think I even get giddy when a new "McCormick" is discovered.

Some seriously incredible collections are shared on our Board -- none, however, are as cool as Ed's.

Congrats on your scholarship, Sir. An incredible find.

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Old 06-27-2013, 10:57 AM
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Default Thanks to everyone for the well wishes and comments

If it weren't for the members of this board, this reassembly wouldn't be where it is today. Just since posting yesterday, two more cards I didn't know existed have come to my attention, and those would be just the latest in about 225 that I wouldn't have found without the help of board members.

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Amazing this guys memory lives on through his cards. Great work ed! My McCormick sensors are on high alert!
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I recall seeing them posted elsewhere, but would love to see some pics of the whole gang back together again . . .
It could happen.

 photo AlInWide_zps99e4cce1.jpg

Photobucket makes this really small, but here are all 231 I have so far.

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Crazy! Amazing that you tracked down a picture of him, I am really impressed.
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congrats, ole buddy.
great research! I love seeing all those cards at once---you really have
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If anyone is interested in becoming a bidding partner, please see my post in the B/S/T section under T206s. Thanks.
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