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Main Street, Amsterdam, Ohio

From a small collection of real photo postcards depicting life in Amsterdam, Ohio. I believe this group dates to around the time of the famous April 1910 coal mine explosion at the Youghlogeheny & Ohio Company Mine. Here is a link to a story about the disaster in case you are interested: www3.gendisasters.com/ohio/2964/amsterdam,-oh-coal-mine-e...

 

In my mind, this is what the RPPC is all about-- capturing the history of America from the small town perspective. I obtained this group of 18 cards as one lot and I am fairly certain they were salesman samples as there were a few non-RPPC cards with the lot that had the typical ordering information on the back. All of these cards are unused with no postmarks or writing on the verso. At the time, I paid quite a bit to get the lot. I’ve never regretted buying this group as they tell such a powerful story as a whole. As a reminder, please do not copy or distribute my images with authorization.

  

Photographer credit on the verso:

Freter Brothers, Bridgeport, OH; Bellaire, OH; Martins Ferry, OH; and Wheeling, WV

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Taken on October 9, 2010