Attending (17): April Dowd, Bill Dowd, Murray Forth, Pat Bailey, Jim Leyhane, Terry Brewer, Debbie Brown, Peter Brown, Dean Calamaras, Dick Drumm, Charlie Foote, Bob Horan, Len Leonidas, Carol Orvis, Debbie Rodriguez, Stewart Wagner, Rommel Rolentino (one reservation no-show.)
Program: The fine art of deltiology
Our own Charlie Foote presented a program on deltiology, the practice of post card collecting.
Using many of his own cards, Charlie outlined the history of post card creation, regulation and use in this country.
Charlie opened by saying that, contrary to what many people may think, the U.S. Postal Service still sells post cards pre-printed with “Forever stamps.” It has been selling them since the mid-1800s.
In 1851 the first U.S. patent was awarded for the idea of a postal card. Early picture cards cost a penny and, with writing, two cents which included the process of mailing; only government cards were permitted. In 1898, the government began allowing private post cards with writing on both sides.
Charlie showed slides of his extensive collection of cards that were available over the past 100 years; some are in color, some are black and white or sepia-tone. He spoke about Kodak making a camera that would take a post card-size photos that then could then be sent through the mail.
His slides included old cards of Lake George, Niagara Falls, Nassau Lake and other local sites.
Early post cards were printed in Germany until the beginning of WWII. Themes were scenic, funny or sometimes of families. Modern post cards began after the war and were much better color and inexpensive to reproduce.
• Event coordinator Murray Forth reminded everyone of this coming Sunday’s “3rd annual Bowl Over Polio” fundraiser at the former Spare Time lanes (now called the East Greenbush Bowling Center) on Columbia Turnpike. Sessions will run from noon to 2:30 p.m. and 2:30 to 5 p.m. Murray will set up the registration table at 11:30 a.m. and asked for volunteers to help throughout the day. Jim Leyhane noted that staffers from his medical practice will be there in force to bowl in the second session, so he suggests others spread the word to try using the early session.
• Jim Leyhane announced the date for our 3rd annual CPR Certification Course — Saturday, March 15, at Maple Hill High School. He said the initial course was well attended, but attendance fell off last year. However, because certification is required every two years, he expects higher attendance this year.
NEXT MEETING: 6:15 p.m. Thursday, January 30, at Quigley’s. Peter Brown will present “Cruising the Danube” as the after-dinner program.