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  • 297 Second Avenue Bridge
        To: Mr & Mrs John Kesky & family, 1414 Robertson St, Lansing, MI Dear Friends, Just relaxing in our room here on Lake Huron. Sure seems good to take life easy. See you soon, The Clay’s
      To: Mr & Mrs John Kesky & family, 1414 Robertson St, Lansing, ...
  • 296 Second Avenue Bridge
        To: Miss Frances M. Law, Flint, MI, Postal Telegraph Dearest Franky Mary – was so glad of your card – glad lot that I am missed. Am having the grandest time – on the mover every minute. Out to luncheon and dinner and auto ride tonight. Have every minute taken. ...
      To: Miss Frances M. Law, Flint, MI, Postal Telegraph Dearest Franky Mary ...
  • 295 Thunder Bay River
        Alpena Harbor – Alpena, Michigan. A center of activity during Michigan’s tumultuous lumber days. Thunder Bay River and Harbor now affords a waterway of considerable commercial fishing and pleasure boat traffic.
      Alpena Harbor – Alpena, Michigan. A center of activity during Michigan’s tumultuous ...
  • 302 Thunder Bay River
        To: Mr Howard Harrington, 831 S. 2nd Ave., Tucson, Arizona. Alpena, Mich. 10-26-‘07 Dear brother, Just arrived here last night and leave to-day for ten miles back in the tall timber. Will write you later. Frank.
      To: Mr Howard Harrington, 831 S. 2nd Ave., Tucson, Arizona. Alpena, Mich. ...
  • 301 Alpena Harbor
        To: Mrs Chas Bignell, Belding, Ionia Co., MI I am on my way back to Michigamme and stopped at Alpena this forenoon. I have not forgotten that I owe you a letter. You may look for it soon. We are nearing Mackinac Island now, but it is too windy to ...
      To: Mrs Chas Bignell, Belding, Ionia Co., MI I am on my ...
  • 300 Alpena Harbor
        To: Miss Ethel Nevins, Leer P.O., MI, R.F.D. No 1 Why don’t you write. My goodness sake. O I have been waiting long enough for one. Has Neil gone away yet. Please write me a letter. Adele
      To: Miss Ethel Nevins, Leer P.O., MI, R.F.D. No 1 Why don’t ...
  • 299 Alpena Harbor
        Harbor, Alpena, Mich.
      Harbor, Alpena, Mich.
  • 303 Alpena Harbor
        To: Harriet Beach, New Castle Wyoming 8/19 Reached 1 oclock pretty good Bury NOT DRY (drawing of beer mug) (PLENTY) Mc
      To: Harriet Beach, New Castle Wyoming 8/19 Reached 1 oclock pretty good ...
  • 308 Sportsmen's Island, Alpena
        Sportsmen’s (Island) Park, Alpena, Michigan. At the entrance to the game refuge.
      Sportsmen’s (Island) Park, Alpena, Michigan. At the entrance to the game refuge.
  • 306 Alpena Harbor
        Alpena Harbor Marina, Alpena, Michigan. A view of Alpena’s Harbor Marina. Located at the base of Chisholm Street right in Alpena. A stopping off point for and Great Lake pleasure craft. Photo by John V. Pontiere, Jr.
      Alpena Harbor Marina, Alpena, Michigan. A view of Alpena’s Harbor Marina. Located ...
  • 313 Second Avenue Bridge
        New Second Avenue Bridge, Alpena, Mich. Judged most beautiful bridge constructed in the United States in 1940, Second Avenue bridge is one of the most outstanding bridges in the country.
      New Second Avenue Bridge, Alpena, Mich. Judged most beautiful bridge constructed in ...
  • 199 Showalter Outing Camos, Long Lake
        To: Prof. A.F. Linn Ph.D., Sharbot Lake, Ontario, Canada Dear Doctor and John, We are enjoying another lake – not so good fishing but nearly as pretty as Sharbot. I hope you are having a pleasant summer. [? Shatzer]
      To: Prof. A.F. Linn Ph.D., Sharbot Lake, Ontario, Canada Dear Doctor and ...
  • 198 Tebo Rest, Long Lake
        To: Mr & Mrs Albert Weinert, 15013 Nine Mile Road, East Detroit, Michigan Dear folks – Just a line to say Gust got home O.K. at 6:30. Had no car trouble. We are all well here plenty of work to do - I am still canning – have canned more ...
      To: Mr & Mrs Albert Weinert, 15013 Nine Mile Road, East Detroit, ...
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Norman Gapske Postcard Collection


Norman Edward "Norm" Gapske, a native of the Alpena County area, collected postcards pertaining to NE Michigan for most of his lifetime. He was born on July 31, 1932, to parents Emil and Alma Gapske in Alpena, MI. He graduated from Alpena High School in 1951, followed by receiving his B.S. in Marketing from Ferris State University. He later attended Western Michigan University where he earned an M.A. in the teaching of vocational and office education. He worked as a store manager for Kroger and National foods and as a high school teacher in Albion, MI until his retirement in 1993. Upon his passing on September 13, 2019, his wife Barbara L. Gapske donated his postcard collection to the Library for educational and research purposes in 2020.