Friday, December 25, 2015

Celebration of peace

                       U. S. S. BAILEY
                    CARE POSTMASTER, NEW YORK, N. Y.

B 9 IN LK    137 GPVT  LSD
                             DN Wash.  DC   June 28 1919

Navy Radio
     Boston, Mass.

One hundred eighty four Alnav

     The signing of the treaty of peace at Versailles [ushers] in the
best day in the history of the world since the angels sang in
Bethlehem quote glory to God in the highest and on earth peace
good will toward men unquote we are living in the fulfillment
of the prophecy period as a republic we are grateful
to have borne a part in the making straight and plain the path
of permanent peace with justice to the world period upon receipt
of news of signing of the treaty of peace the most important
document in the history of the world every ship and shore station
will fire a salute of twenty-one guns with the national ensign
at each masthead   10028

                                                                Josephus Daniels
                                                                                528 p

Caption: a Navy Radio typed order by Secretary of the U.S. Navy, Josephus Daniels, ordering "every ship and shore station" to fire a twenty-one gun salute in honor of the Treaty of Versailles, June 28, 1919, ending hostilities of World War I.  Morse and Wederstrandt families papers, 1789-1954 (LaRC Manuscripts Collection 107, box 2, folder 6).  Images of items held in the Louisiana Research Collection may not be re-published without permission.

Posted by Susanna Powers

Friday, December 4, 2015

Five dollars in 1925

William Tait Baynard (1875-1946) worked in his family's business, Baynard Drug Store, in Alexandria, La.    His brother, Ludlow Buard Baynard (b. 1874) served as State Treasurer in the 1920s, and State Auditor 1929-1944.     

LaRC Manuscripts Collection 99 consists of the personal and business papers of W. T. Baynard, which he collected and kept over his lifetime.  His family donated the collection to Tulane University in 1955.  It includes handwritten and typed correspondence, biographical and genealogical information about family members, telegrams, financial documents, insurance papers, post cards, greeting cards, invitations, calling cards and other items of social ephemera, photographs, advertisements, prescriptions and other medical documents, Mexican lottery tickets, stamps, a printed advertising pin tray, a leather wallet, journal and newspaper clippings and other printed items. Correspondents include E. J. Hart & Co. in New Orleans, prospective employers of travelling salesmen, Buard Baynard and other family members, book publishers, and other vendors and business partners.  

Each individual is unique, and what they decide to retain reveals what is important to them.  The process of their selection may be a matter of practicality or a matter of sentiment, but the resulting collection supports our understanding of the people and their times.  Greeting cards are often among the items saved in personal papers.  A wide variety of the LaRC personal and family papers include greeting cards-- an advanced search of the library catalog, combining the keyword phrase "greeting cards" with type "archival material," you will presently retrieve a list of 74 LaRC archival collections which include original lovingly written, mailed, received, and saved, greeting cards.

Caption:  a Christmas card to W. T. Baynard in Alexandria from a friend in New Orleans, postmarked Dec. 20, 1925.   "This card and five dollars will buy you a wonderful present at any store."  William Tait Baynard papers, Manuscripts Collection 99, box 6, folder 2.   Images of items held in the Louisiana Research Collection may not be re-published without permission.

Posted by Susanna Powers