To George Hinklie, collecting is a three-generation family affair.
“I’ve been collecting postcards –and other things –since about 1968,” Hinklie said as he proudly displayed several volumes of postcards on his mother’s dining room table. “My mother gave me what she had and that got me started.” Hinklie’s mother, Nora Rose Lamparter, who will turn 80 on St. Patrick’s Day, was not the first to collect postcards and other paper ephemera.
“I started collecting about 50 years ago,” she said. “I began when my mother gave me what she had collected over the years. ”
Lamparter was not sure when her mother, Nora Williams, began collecting. “There are postcards here from, 1907 and 1908, so I suppose she started about that time,” she surmised.
Among Hinklie’s collection are very early postcards showing scenes in Connellsville, Perryopolis and Uniontown.
“A couple of those postcards from Perryopolis were sent by my grandmother to my mother and she has kept them all these years,” Hinklie said.
Hinklie also has samples from many other states and countries.
“I have some in there that are very historically significant,” he said. “There are pictures of hotels in Atlantic City that no longer exist. There is also a picture of the flood in Wheeling, W.Va., in 1907. That card was sent in 1907.”
Hinklie, who lives in Connellsville, spent several years in the U.S. Navy. He collected many of the items on tours of duty. “I got this Bugs Bunny comic book while I was in France,” he said. “All the speaking is in French.”
Hinklie’s postcards range from the early-20th century to modern day. “I collect cards that are different or things that I like,” he said.
A couple of unusual cards were received by his mother on different occasions. They have a beautiful background, with her name “Nora” inscribed in gold.
Hinklie and his mother each keep scrapbooks of newspaper clippings and other significant paper items, one of which Hinklie is very proud. From the large scrapbook he pulled a souvenir booklet. On the front the famous fan dancer, Sally Rand, is portrayed in a provocative pose. Inside are photographs showing Rand with many personalities of the day, including professional wrestlers Don Eagle and Gorgeous George.
Hinklie saw Rand’s act. “The circus came to Connellsville. It set up at the Dunbar Township stadium. Sally Rand’s show was part of the circus entertainment,” he said.
Hinklie said during his travels he also met the famous Gypsy Rose Lee. At that time, he said, she was elderly and had a radio talk show.
Hinklie also showed World War II military items that he’d gotten from a relative. These included U.S. Army patches and German insignia.
From a relatively large bag, Hinklie pulled a handful of assorted cards.
“I don’t have my cards in any sort of order and these need to be put in an album,” he said. “Some day I’m going to have to take the time to do that.”