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Huron woman’s collection about 2,000 postcards

Tom Jackson • May 13, 2014 at 2:50 PM

The first week of May is National Postcard Week.

Did you remember to celebrate?

The folks in the Firelands Postcard Club sure did. They printed four postcards for the occasion.

Two were reproductions of vintage postcards: one shows train locomotives in a Sandusky limestone quarry, and one shows ice being harvested from Sandusky Bay using horse-drawn cutters.    

The other two were created using photographs: an electric railway that ran between Norwalk and Sandusky, and America’s first wind turbine power generator, at NASA Plum Brook Station in 1975.

The club printed 750 of each design for a total of 3,000 postcards, said Jim Semon Sr., a Westlake resident with strong Sandusky ties who is the president of the Firelands Postcard Club.

That gives the members plenty of cards to trade with other postcard buffs, and also provides promotional postcards to recruit new members, Semon said.

“We pass these out at antique shows, any kind of shows we go to, to let people know our club exists” he said.

The club’s members include Linda Riggle, who was born in Castalia but has lived in Huron for 50 years. She says she owns somewhere around 2,000 to 4,000 postcards.

Most collectors have subjects they specialize in, Semon and Riggle explained.

Riggle likes Castalia and Blue Hole cards, Cleveland Exposition cards, trains, Ford Trimotor airplanes, St. Patrick’s Day cardsand other cards that relate to local history.

She likes many local cards not only for the photos on one side, but the messages on the other that offer clues to what people did in the past.

“A lot of times you’ll buy duplicates of Cedar Point cards because you like what’s on the back” she said.

Cards sometimes can be purchased for as little as 25 cents, although Riggle once paid about $25 for a card depicting Huron docks.

Semon is a transportation buff who likes train postcards and truck postcards. His wife, Bonnie, from North Bass Island, likes Fort Trimotor cards.

The club has about 45 members, and many of them show up faithfully for meetings. A meeting usually draws about 30 to 40 people, Semon said.

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