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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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Scandalous Son: The Elusive Search for Dolley Madison's Son, John Payne Todd

Philip Bigler

This book tackles the dark side of the American Dream, the saga of rags-to-riches in just three generations. It is the tragic,albeit all to common, story of a promising heir battling family and society's expectations --and losing it all. 2015. 352 pages.

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Item# 3010

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The Great Valley Road of Virginia

Edited by Warren R. Hofstra & Karl Raitz

This book features original, previously unpublished chapters by leading scholars who delve into four significant periods of the road's development - from prehistory to colonial to American Revolution to present day. Known as the Valley Pike, or U.S. 11, it was part of the longest road in early American history from PA to GA. 2010. 309 pages.

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Item# 3002

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Thursday, November 21st fron 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM: Civil War Medicine will be discussed in New Market VA
The New Market Historical Society will present a talk by Jake Wynn,  Director of Interpretation at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, MD.  The Civil War came at a time when there were very few advancements in terms of medicine and the treatment of injuries and ailments. As a result, this created problems when it came to saving the lives of soldiers.  This program will address some of the challenges that faced medicine during the Civil War.  The program is free and the public is invited to the New Market Town Hall, 9418 John Sevier Road in New Market VA

Tuesday, December 10th from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM: Shenandoah Valley Holiday Traditions will be discussed at a Tea in Winchester, VA
Enjoy tea, savory delights and desserts as Nick Powers, the Curator of Collectionws at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, VA, , presents an illustrated program about the ways people is the Valley historically celebrated the holidays, including "Belsnickeling" and more.  The fee for MSV members is $35; for others it is $45 and includes admission to the Museum.  Reserevations required by December 8th.  The event is sponsored by Six Star Events.  For tickets, call 540-662-1473, ext. 240 or visit www.theMSV.org   The MSV is located at 901 Amherst Street in Winchester, VA

Friday, December 13th from 5:00 PM to 8:00PM: Holiday Homes Tours Take Place in Mt. Jackson, VA
Discover the Treasures of Mt. Jackson, VA as you visit six homes and an historic church that will be decorated for the holidays and open for visitors.  Tickets must be purchased in advance and are on sale,  beginning November 1st, at the Edinburg Mill and various locations in Mt. Jackson and Woodstock.  The price is $20 per person and the tickets are good for both days of the tours.  Proceeds will benefit Search (a residential home for challenged adults), Union Church and the Edinburg Mill Museum.  Saturday hours are from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

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Thursday, November 21st fron 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM: Civil War Medicine will be discussed in New Market VA
The New Market Historical Society will present a talk by Jake Wynn,  Director of Interpretation at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, MD.  The Civil War came at a time when there were very few advancements in terms of medicine and the treatment of injuries and ailments. As a result, this created problems when it came to saving the lives of soldiers.  This program will address some of the challenges that faced medicine during the Civil War.  The program is free and the public is invited to the New Market Town Hall, 9418 John Sevier Road in New Market VA

Tuesday, December 10th from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM: Shenandoah Valley Holiday Traditions will be discussed at a Tea in Winchester, VA
Enjoy tea, savory delights and desserts as Nick Powers, the Curator of Collectionws at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, VA, , presents an illustrated program about the ways people is the Valley historically celebrated the holidays, including "Belsnickeling" and more.  The fee for MSV members is $35; for others it is $45 and includes admission to the Museum.  Reserevations required by December 8th.  The event is sponsored by Six Star Events.  For tickets, call 540-662-1473, ext. 240 or visit www.theMSV.org   The MSV is located at 901 Amherst Street in Winchester, VA

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  • Virginia Fraktur: Penmanship as Folk Art   •   Klaus Wust  •   This book was originally published in the 1970s. The author was one of the major contributors to a better understanding of the cultural heritage and history of the German immigrants who settled in the Shenandoah Valley. Archivist Jean Martin has added updated notes on the Stoney Creek artist in this new edition. 2011. 35 pages.  Softcover  •   Item #3006  •   Price: $20   Members: $19
  • RFD Folk Art   •   Tyre & Jane Yancey  •   To most of us, the container designed to hold US Mail (both coming and going) is a rather utilitarian contraption. The Yanceys have traveled all over the Valley looking at silos and barns and found these fun mail boxes along the way. 2011. 94 pages. 8 1/2 x 11.  Softcover  •   Item #3005  •   Price: $20   Members: $19
  • A Guidebook to Virginia's Historical Markers   •   Scott David Arnold  •   Compiled. Guidebook includes text, photos, and updates of more than 1850 official state historical markers placed along Virginia's roadways since 1927. This is the last one published. Book is divided into six geographical-cultural regions and contains maps and three individual indexes to help. 2009. 384 pages. Third Edition.  Softcover  •   Item #3007  •   Price: $23   Members: $22
  • The Great Valley Road of Virginia   •   Edited by Warren R. Hofstra & Karl Raitz  •   This book features original, previously unpublished chapters by leading scholars who delve into four significant periods of the road's development - from prehistory to colonial to American Revolution to present day. Known as the Valley Pike, or U.S. 11, it was part of the longest road in early American history from PA to GA. 2010. 309 pages.  Softcover  •   Item #3002  •   Price: $29   Members: $28
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    A History of the Valley of Virginia   •   Samuel Kercheval  •   The earliest history of this section of Virginia. First edition published in 1833 and revised and enlarged by the author in 1850. Third edition came in 1902, and a fourth in 1925. An authority on early conditions in the Valley, based in part on conversations derived first hand from people who lived in the pioneer period. 1925. 405 pages. 4th Edition. 2001 reprint.  Hardcover  •   Item #3003  •   Price: $36   Members: $35
    A Guidebook to Virginia's Historical Markers   •   Scott David Arnold  •   Compiled. Guidebook includes text, photos, and updates of more than 1850 official state historical markers placed along Virginia's roadways since 1927. This is the last one published. Book is divided into six geographical-cultural regions and contains maps and three individual indexes to help. 2009. 384 pages. Third Edition.  Softcover  •   Item #3007  •   Price: $23   Members: $22

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