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Keuka College receives a message from the past

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Keuka College recently heard from “The Postcard Man.”

Ninety-year-old Lowell Joerg wrote from his home in Stockton, Calif., to send along a 1907 postcard depicting Ball Hall. He regularly mails postcards and accompanying letters around the country.

“I like to call my little hobby a ‘redistribution of happiness,’” he wrote. “Our world sure needs it.”

The postcard was originally sent to a Miss Helen Buckley of Middleton, N.Y. And lest you think campus life of 110 years ago might have been a tad … well … staid, the message from the sender reads, “Hello Helen, Having the time of my life. M.H.”

Mr. Joerg says he found the postcard – which is in remarkably good condition – at an antique store near his home.

“It’s an old-time classic for sure so I said to myself, ‘By golly, I think I’ll send it home where it can be appreciated,’” he wrote.

The College plans to add the postcard and accompanying letter to its archives collection.

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