Thursday, August 03, 2006


The verso of this card reads: "NOTICE [double underscore] Guests wishing to order supplies are requested to sign 'Cash' to all vouchers and pay the club attendant when the supplies are served." It was found in a leatherette card-holder containing two photo identification cards or passes. One serves as admission to the Army piers at Bush Terminal in Brooklyn; the other, to the Hoboken port of embarcation. I had never happened to look behind these before. This was behind one of the two i.d. cards, inside an envelope just bigger than the guest card, bearing the seal of the Harvard Club of New York and the following stamp: "THE ENCLOSED CARD IS TO BE PRESENTED AT THE DOOR." Behind the i.d. cards were also some business cards, a membership card to the Brooklyn YMCA, and three one-penny Australian stamps.


At 5:46 PM, August 06, 2006, Blogger Annie in Austin said...

I find the described items pretty fascinating, and wonder if Herbert made it through the Great War. I once held the Ellis Island card that belonged to a friend's dad, when he was 9. It said, "Keep this card to avoid detention at quarantine...".

At 6:17 PM, August 06, 2006, Blogger Rantor said...

That was my father, born in 1883, who also was on the Pershing punitive expedition and served stateside in World War II, by then being considerably older. At the time this courtesy card was issued, he was back alive and well from the front in France. They were still bringing back some troops and lots of heavy equipment on the ships. You can see pictures of him as a baby and as a boy (look for entries for a nineteenth-century family portrait and for back when boys wore dresses)

At 11:43 AM, October 19, 2006, Anonymous Marty Weil said...

It's great to see ephemera like this in the spotlight. The items I feature on my blog dovetail nicely with this post. Just wanted to say I enjoyed seeing this featured on your blog. Very interesting. Nice work.


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