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Shenandoah Publishing House (SPH) Postcards Now On Display

 

SPH Postcard Collection

 

The November 2019 postcard collection on display, at the Shenandoah County Historic Courthouse in Woodstock VA, is from the personal collection of Edgar Lamma III. Edgar has been collecting these postcards for about 20 years and is only one of a handful of individuals that he’s encountered that collect these postcards. Shenandoah Publishing House used to publish the Northern Virginia Daily newspaper.

SPH postcards were printed in varying shades of black, green and brown inks. There are only a few known postcards that contain any color. Several “logos” were used on the backside of postcards, some of which are on display. SPH postcards predominately cover the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia and West Virginia. Most cover historic landmarks many of which deal with civil war sites.

Most SPH postcards are known to be numbered from 1 through 331. There is one odd postcard numbered 400. There are 34 numbers for which a postcard has not yet been identified. Some postcards were printed without an identifying number in the lower left corner on the backside. Of the known SPH postcards there are: (a) 244 in Virginia; (b) 49 in West Virginia; (c) 4 in Maryland; (d) 2 in Pennsylvania; (e) 1 in North Carolina; and, (f) 1 in Washington DC.

One of Edgar’s favorite SPH postcards is directly above the copy block. Notice that he is sitting on two chairs.

There are several publications known to contain block images (with text) that appear on the frontside of SPH postcards. These include: (a) A History of Shenandoah County by John W. Wayland; (b) The prospectus for John W. Wayland’s book titled The History of Old Shenandoah; (c) Shenandoah County Geography Supplement; and, (d) How Fair the Way to Strasburg.

Edgar has indexed 79 publications, mostly hardbound books, that were printed by SPH. There are many, many more that Edgar has not yet documented.

 


 

Shenandoah Publishing House (SPH) Postcards Now On Display

 

SPH Postcard Collection

 

The November 2019 postcard collection on display, at the Shenandoah County Historic Courthouse in Woodstock VA, is from the personal collection of Edgar Lamma III. Edgar has been collecting these postcards for about 20 years and is only one of a handful of individuals that he’s encountered that collect these postcards. Shenandoah Publishing House used to publish the Northern Virginia Daily newspaper.

SPH postcards were printed in varying shades of black, green and brown inks. There are only a few known postcards that contain any color. Several “logos” were used on the backside of postcards, some of which are on display. SPH postcards predominately cover the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia and West Virginia. Most cover historic landmarks many of which deal with civil war sites.

Most SPH postcards are known to be numbered from 1 through 331. There is one odd postcard numbered 400. There are 34 numbers for which a postcard has not yet been identified. Some postcards were printed without an identifying number in the lower left corner on the backside. Of the known SPH postcards there are: (a) 244 in Virginia; (b) 49 in West Virginia; (c) 4 in Maryland; (d) 2 in Pennsylvania; (e) 1 in North Carolina; and, (f) 1 in Washington DC.

One of Edgar’s favorite SPH postcards is directly above the copy block. Notice that he is sitting on two chairs.

There are several publications known to contain block images (with text) that appear on the frontside of SPH postcards. These include: (a) A History of Shenandoah County by John W. Wayland; (b) The prospectus for John W. Wayland’s book titled The History of Old Shenandoah; (c) Shenandoah County Geography Supplement; and, (d) How Fair the Way to Strasburg.

Edgar has indexed 79 publications, mostly hardbound books, that were printed by SPH. There are many, many more that Edgar has not yet documented.

 


Shenandoah County Historical Society Mission Statement

•   Foster a spirit of cooperation between existing organizations, writers, historians, genealogists, collectors, preservationists, and other members of the Shenandoah County community.

•   Aid in the collection and creation of materials and publications about the history of Shenandoah County and ensure that they are preserved and made available to the community.

•   Support efforts by citizens, organizations and government to preserve historic buildings and sites.

•   Share history through programs and exhibits.



Organizational Tax Status

The Shenandoah County Historical Society was founded in 1985 and is established as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. It is completely volunteer driven. The Society is sustained by memberships, donations, grants and profits from book sales. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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Strasburg, Virginia and The Keister Family

E.E. Keister

A genealogy and history of the Keister family of Strasburg, Va. Lots of photos and introductory articles, The Pennsylvania Germans," by Milton Rubincam and "Colonial Strasburg," by Klaus Wust. Records start with Adam Keister, Jr. Includes historical material on Strasburg, Va. 1972. 434 pages.

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Item# 4011

Price: $35
Members: $34

A Diary of Henry Saint John Rinker (1862 - 1867)

Daniel Warrick Burruss & Sandra Helsley Yelton

His account of events commencing January 1862 and ending December 1867. 1999. 111 pages.

Softcover
Item# 4004

Price: $16
Members: $15

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Sunday, February 16th from 7:00 to 9:00 PM: George Washington Program in Berryville VA
(George) Washington at War will be the subject of a talk by historian Stephen Campbell at the VFW, 425 S. Buckmarsh Street in Berryville, VA.  Sponsored by the Clarke County Historical Society, $15 for members, $20 for non-members and VFW members are free.  For info:  540-955-2500

Sunday, February 23rd from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM: New Book Introduced in Strasburg VA
The Strasburg Heritage Association will hold its Annual Meeting at the St. Paul Lutheran Church, W. Washington Street in Strasburg on this date.  The Program will be a presentation by historian Gloria Stickley  and Rev. William Hall about their new book, Legacy: A History of St. Paul Lutheran Church Strasburg, VA 1700-2000.  Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.  The public is invited.

Tuesday, March 17th from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM: The History of Shrine Mont will be presented in Edinburg VA
The Shenandoah County Historical Society will present a program about The History of Shrine Mont, Orkney Springs, VA at The St. Paul's Heritage Center, 106 S. High Street in Edinburg Virginia.  Kirk Gibson, from Shrine Mont, will talk about the history of Orkney Springs and the ressort including its incredible renovation in the 1980's.  The Orkney Springs Hotel was one of the more popular Virginia spring resorts at the end of the nineteenth century. The resort opened in 1875 and is now one of the few that not only remains standing,  but is a vibrant vacation destination.  The program is free and refreshments will be served afterward.  There is ample parking in the Shentel lot across the street  

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Sunday, February 16th from 7:00 to 9:00 PM: George Washington Program in Berryville VA
(George) Washington at War will be the subject of a talk by historian Stephen Campbell at the VFW, 425 S. Buckmarsh Street in Berryville, VA.  Sponsored by the Clarke County Historical Society, $15 for members, $20 for non-members and VFW members are free.  For info:  540-955-2500

Sunday, February 23rd from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM: New Book Introduced in Strasburg VA
The Strasburg Heritage Association will hold its Annual Meeting at the St. Paul Lutheran Church, W. Washington Street in Strasburg on this date.  The Program will be a presentation by historian Gloria Stickley  and Rev. William Hall about their new book, Legacy: A History of St. Paul Lutheran Church Strasburg, VA 1700-2000.  Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.  The public is invited.

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  • A Diary of Henry Saint John Rinker (1862 - 1867)   •   Daniel Warrick Burruss & Sandra Helsley Yelton  •   His account of events commencing January 1862 and ending December 1867. 1999. 111 pages.  Softcover  •   Item #4004  •   Price: $16   Members: $15
  • The New Hottel History - The George Line or Charles Line   •   B. Paul Huddle  •   A definite go-to source book for those doing genealogy research in Shenandoah County, Va. It begins with immigrant Johannes Hodel, who became John Hottel and follows the individual and detailed history of George, one of John's four children who came with him from Germany to America in 1732.  The Charles line is also available.  A product of the Hottel-Keller organization. 1998. 1164 pages.  Hardcover  •   Item #4016 - G or C  •   Price: $55   Members: $50
  • The Rinkers of Virginia, Their Neighbors and Kin in the Shenandoah Valley   •   Daniel Warrick Burruss  •   The story of Jacob, Casper and Heinrich Rinker and their ancestors. Some photos. 1993. 210 pages. 8 1/2 x 11.  Softcover  •   Item #4010  •   Price: $26   Members: $25
  • A TO ZAX - A Comprehensive Dictionary for Genealogists and Historians   •   Barbara Jean Evans  •   Find thousands of unfamiliar terms,abbreviations, little-used or old-fashioned words one might encounter in the course of genealogical research. Also includes a list of Dutch given names. 1995. 300 pages.  Softcover  •   Item #4012  •   Price: $16   Members: $15
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    From Strassburg to Strasburg - Memorial to Swiss-German Virginia Pioneers   •   Robert Lee Bowman  •   History of early settlements and focus on Swiss-German families in the context of other Early Virginia Historical Highlights. Pictures. 2011. 47 pages. 8 1/2 x 11.  Softcover  •   Item #1014  •   Price: $13   Members: $13
    One Who Served: Brethren Elder Charles Nesselrodt of Shenandoah County   •   Terry Barkley  •   This book tells the story of the last "free" and one of the first "set apart" ministers among the Brethren. A farmer and laborer, he served both the Stony Creek and the Flat Rock Church, the oldest Brethren congregation in Virginia. The book contains colorful Valley history and is rich in genealogy. 2004. 109 pages. 3rd edition.  Softcover  •   Item #4009  •   Price: $13   Members: $12

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