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  • 001 Greetings from Alpena
        To Aunt Helen from Mary Christie A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
      To Aunt Helen from Mary Christie A Merry Christmas and Happy New ...
  • 002 Greetings from Alpena
        Key to views on other side: A-Thunder Bay Lighthouse; L-Presque Isle Lighthouse, near Alpena; P-Thunder Bay River at Wild Life Sanctuary; E-Alpena General Hospital; N-Alpena County Court House; A-New Second Avenue Bridge
      Key to views on other side: A-Thunder Bay Lighthouse; L-Presque Isle Lighthouse, ...
  • 003 This is NO BULL!
        This is NO BULL! Alpena is a Dog-gone Good Town!
      This is NO BULL! Alpena is a Dog-gone Good Town!
  • 004 Greetings from Michigan
        To: Mr A.C. Hansen, Battle Creek, MI, RR 2, Box 1804 Trish & Tony:- that place next door three [?] almost $6000. Bruno-Nell here are fine. As usual I am busy. The card blots will use pencil. Your "Masters" will gain you entrance anywhere. Bruno sorry to have not seen ...
      To: Mr A.C. Hansen, Battle Creek, MI, RR 2, Box 1804 Trish ...
  • 005 Greetings from Alpena
        To: Mr & Mrs W. Aris (?), 5732 Neff Road, Detroit, MI Thursday Dear Folks We are having ideal weather and a great time. Stayed at Ossineke until Wed. It’s very beautiful there. After supper last night we went fishing- caught a whole mess of them. Love to each of ...
      To: Mr & Mrs W. Aris (?), 5732 Neff Road, Detroit, MI ...
  • 006 Greetings from Alpena
        To: Mary McLennan, Midland, Ont, P.O. Box 19 I sent you are parcel this morning and will you let me know as soon as you get it, please. E. McL
      To: Mary McLennan, Midland, Ont, P.O. Box 19 I sent you are ...
  • 007 Easter Greetings from Alpena
        To: Kittie Bernsh (?), Belding, MI, P.O. Box 324 Helo Sister I thought I wood send you a card for Easter. We are all well. Hope you the same. From Clarence Bernsh (?) to Sis Kittie. Write soon.
      To: Kittie Bernsh (?), Belding, MI, P.O. Box 324 Helo Sister I ...
  • 008 Souvenir from Alpena
        To: Kittie Bernsh (?), Belding, MI, P.O.Box 324 Dear Kittie, thought I wood drop you card to let you know we are all well got [Kats Peet all ok and all heer I thanks heer veary much for it.?] We are having nice wether were [???] yet. Bob is well ...
      To: Kittie Bernsh (?), Belding, MI, P.O.Box 324 Dear Kittie, thought I ...
  • 009 2nd Avenue, Alpena
        To: Mr. Chas T. Russell, 602 E. Second St., Sterling, ILL Nov. 26, 1910, Rec’d card on Thanksgiving day. Hope you enjoyed the day. Will you please send the soldier’s monument. G. Legatski
      To: Mr. Chas T. Russell, 602 E. Second St., Sterling, ILL Nov. ...
  • 010 2nd Avenue, Alpena
        2nd Avenue, Alpena, Mich.
      2nd Avenue, Alpena, Mich.
  • 011 2nd Avenue, Alpena
        Second Avenue, Alpena, Mich.
      Second Avenue, Alpena, Mich.
  • 012 Second Avenue South at Night
        To: Mrs. W.S. Smith, Muir, MI RF 4 Alpena, July 9 Dear Friends, Having a very pleasant time. The air is so clean, only wish you were with me. I often think of you all. Expect to take the steamer here for St. Ignace and then by rail to Trout ...
      To: Mrs. W.S. Smith, Muir, MI RF 4 Alpena, July 9 Dear ...
  • 013 Second Avenue, Alpena
        To: Mrs Carl Christopherson, Posen, MI RFD Dear Ethel We will be up Sunday morning if the weather permits and we are all well. Will bring Myrtle if she wants to go. Lo got home from hunting last Sunday night. He got a nice buck. Did Carl get one? Lovingly, ...
      To: Mrs Carl Christopherson, Posen, MI RFD Dear Ethel We will be ...
  • 014 South Second Avenue looking East, Alpena
        South Second Avenue looking East, Alpena, Mich.
      South Second Avenue looking East, Alpena, Mich.
  • 015 Second Avenue, Alpena
        To: Mrs G.W. Meyers, 1452 W. 81St, Cleveland, OH Arrived safe had a fine trip lake as smooth as glass
      To: Mrs G.W. Meyers, 1452 W. 81St, Cleveland, OH Arrived safe had ...
  • 016 Second Avenue, Alpena
        To: Mrs. Edw J. Hughes, Charlotte St., Bucyrus, OH We sure are having a wonderful time here. Wish you folks could be here too. We had such a nice surprise when Amos and Mary Ellen came in this morning. Thier school will be a week late so it only took ...
      To: Mrs. Edw J. Hughes, Charlotte St., Bucyrus, OH We sure are ...
  • 017 Second Avenue, Alpena
        My dear Rosalie How are you since your Mackinac excursion? I only came home last Sunday morning. I’ve had such a good time, thanks to my good Northern friends and a big share to you is due. Regards to all, Lovingly yours, Ernestine From 528 Sable St., Alpena, MI To: ...
      My dear Rosalie How are you since your Mackinac excursion? I only ...
  • 018 Second Avenue, Alpena
        753 State St., Alpena, Mich. MW To: Mr. Greg McIntosh, 753 North 3rd St., Marquette, Mich.
      753 State St., Alpena, Mich. MW To: Mr. Greg McIntosh, 753 North ...
  • 019 Second Avenue, Business Section, Alpena
        To: Mrs. Irene Kafu (?), Palmyra, MI, RR#2 Dear Aunt Irene Will be back home Sunday. This is a lovely place. Will write later. Love Adeline & Harry
      To: Mrs. Irene Kafu (?), Palmyra, MI, RR#2 Dear Aunt Irene Will ...
  • 020 Second Avenue, Alpena
        Second Avenue, Alpena, Mich. Second Avenue is Alpena's main street. Here the populace of northeastern Michigan does the bulk of its trading.
      Second Avenue, Alpena, Mich. Second Avenue is Alpena's main street. Here the ...
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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.