Lamp update

Every now and then I'll run into old Valentine & Christmas cards.
I will usually scan a few of them if there are full names and messages. Amanda Koester kept all of her childhood cards and while it takes a lot of time to scan them, I fear that I won't run into as large a collection anymore, so I better scan what I can still many are just thrown away or sold at an estate sale or on e-bay, where they'll be gone forever from the Manning family.
The fun thing is you can see the hand writing by a lot of different Manning area citizens, along with signatures. Unfortunately, most of the time only the first names are signed, but I'm able to figure out some of the last names or find a card from another year with the full name.

If you can figure out who some of these people are because you grew up in this area and even knew some of them, please let me know.
These Valentines are from the 1920s and 30s.

Nahnsen, Lally, Ehrichs, Anthony, Koester

Heinie Otto, Elsie & Marcus who I believe are Kuhl

Pruter, Claussen

As I continue to scan the Voge/Lamp collection I run into all kinds of pictures. Here is another first...a farmer with binoculars. Now I realize that farmers had binoculars years ago but this is the first picture I've run into of a farmer holding one.
Another first to scan is the gas-powered reel mower in the back. I've scanned pictures of the hand-powered push mowers like this but not until now have I run across a power mower.

1956 - I believe this is Herman Lamp - he is holding a set of binoculars.
Behind him is the power reel mower.

When I scanned this picture of 6 men on horses I thought about some of our genius politicians who want us to go back to those days.
I'd gladly buy these "expert" politicians, horses if they'll grow the food and care for the horses and themselves with their own hands, live in an old wooden uninsulated farmhouse, and actually have to go out into the environment and do physical work for a living and to survive.

I believe these are some of the members of the Lamp family.

In between all of the tributes and other projects, I'm back to the Voge/Lamp collection and continue to find "first-time" items.
When I ask Veterans and family members of deceased Veterans to bring me more than just pictures, documents, and memorabilia, basically I'm looking for anything connected to the Veteran - below is one reason why...
Before you scroll down and read about this item - try to guess what it is.

As you'll see, I like to be thorough when documenting historical items, and especially unique WWI items for use in the Manning Veterans history book...why I prefer to do the scanning with my equipment/software.

Herman Lamp - WWI

Razor kit

1 razor head, 2 handle, 3 two chrome holders (6 razor blades per packet)

Razor packet - front and back

Star Cru-Steel, Kampfe Brothers, New York

Razor with protective paper sleeve

Here is another first for me to scan - WWI American Expeditionary Forces pin

What the original pin looks like

Digitally touched up

Along with the above items were several medals and a uniform stripe.
A troubling situation I find when I run into old military medals is oxidation is ruining so many of them. Most people don't realize it is happening, even with the medals that were so carefully placed in displays or kept in their original boxes.
I've looked into what can be done to remove this corrosion and how to slow down future deterioration but have never tried it. I may with one of the Lamp medals, after visiting with the family.
Below you'll see an example of how bad it is on one of the medals. Fortunately Herman had 2 of the same medals so I scanned the ribbon with the bad medal and scanned the single medal that didn't have as much corrosion and merged the ribbon with the medal.

Medal with the worst corrosion - this is more than just surface damage it severely pitting into the bronze.
88th Infantray Division that Herman & Gerhardt Lamp served with.

Medal that I digitally cleaned up and merged with the ribbon.

Stripe that Herman kept his medal box

Victory Medal - front

The Great War For Civilization - back of medal
This medal was sent officially from the US Army.
According to the inserts, Herman was suppose to acknowledge he received it, but didn't.
I'm glad he didn't so this way I have scans of them.

Box the medal was shipped in.


Envelope to be used for the response...

Form to use for acknowledgment of receipt.

Simply amazing graphics

Patriotism was evident nearly everywhere in the past.

Not nearly the same today where some people refuse to stand for the National Anthem and some schools don't say the Pledge of Allegiance.
Even more basic back then - students were honored and rewarded for something as simple as promptness and attendance.

The reverence toward Christian sacraments is shown in these amazing certificates - this one is 16x12 inches.

Amanda Koester baptismal certificate

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