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Michigan Soldiers’ Home postal cancellations and postcards

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: RHC-53
The collection includes envelopes and postcards cancelled by the Michigan Soldiers’ Home post office. Each page of the collection contains the item and a typed explanation of the cancel. The collection also includes images of the Soldiers Home and letters and postcards to and from residents of the home collected separately.

Dates

  • 1900-1913

Creator

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research use.

Publication Rights

For information on copyright or permissions for this collection, contact Grand Valley State University Special Collections.

Extent

0.5 Linear Feet (1 flat box)

Administrative History

The Michigan’s Soldiers’ Home was established in 1885 and the main buildings were completed in 1886. The city of Grand Rapids donated the land, then three miles north of town. The land is east of the Grand River and was a station on the Grand Rapids & Indiana Railroad. Since the area served mainly people connected with the home a post office was established in 1892. The office became a branch of the Grand Rapids post office in 1900. The Soldier’s Home cancel was used until late 1904 or early 1905. The Grand Rapids, Mich., Soldiers’ Home Br. Cancel came into use around the end of 1904. The two cancels were used for a short time intermingled.

Source of Acquisition

Acquired from Robert Beasecker in 2010.
Title
Michigan Soldiers’ Home postal cancellations and postcards, RHC-53
Author
Special Collections & University Archives
Date
2010
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Grand Valley State University Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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