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02 / 23 / 2000

This section will be displaying a postal history project that I've been working on for about 2 months now.  It focuses on the life of Hallock C. Alvord through a recently purchased collection of United States (USPS) postal cards. 

Mr. Alvord was a stamp dealer in Gloversville, New York (USA) in the late 1880s through the early 20th century.   Gloversville was the heart of the glove industry in the 19th century.  I purchased the last of the "old-timers" stock that he passed down to his daughter, Elizabeth.  The majority of the collection is United States related.    Hallock was a lawyer.  He started a stationery store (Alvord & Smith) in Gloversville that stayed in business for 103 years.  It finally closed in 1999.  Hallock was APA (American Philatelic Association) member #558.  The APA is now the American Philatelic Society.  Elizabeth carried on the tradition and collected newer issues, from the 70s and 80s in plate block format.

This project originally was to be a small collage of stamps from "dead" countries, such as Obock, Saxony, Newfoundland, etc... but has taken on a life all its own.  The collage was to be presented to Hallock's grandson Prentice and granddaughter Josephine.  The project has grown into an exhibition of postal cards, stamps, newspaper articles, APA journal information as well as Gloversville and Johnstown, New York  local directory and local history articles.

This project was done without the active participation of the grandchildren and will be presented to them on CD-ROM to pass on.
I have had a lot of fun researching this project.  I must give credit to Laura Kane for helping me in the library, working on the time line and helping out with various tasks when needed.

I hope you find something of interest here as well.  If you do, please let me know.  And now, on to the show!

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