Friday, December 12, 2008

Looks Pretty Familiar To Me

Well, well … the OP (other paper, as we at my newspaper call it) has an excellent four-page advertisement which is the story of local priest Fr. Josef Murgas, a developer of radio and a true, if forgotten, giant in the early days. The insert was developed by a group who wants to save his parish church from closing.

The “well, well” is about one illustration, a postcard from 1906, which shows the church, rectory and his experimental radio towers behind it, with “Wireless Telegraphy Station, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.” on the front. It’s a neat card, not quite that neat in the original, but made so by your humble scribe.

Not that they gave me any credit. Sheesh. Oh, well; it’s the cause that matters.

The card needed some cleaning up and there was a blank message “cartridge” (as it was called a hundred years ago) on the front, with a message, which needed to be eliminated. The top of the towers had some marks on them, of which only the slightest dot remains. The wording was dropped down so members of the local Amateur Radio club could put their respective callsigns on the top. It was a pretty good job of taking something that wasn’t in the best of shape and making a new “antique” card. An excellent piece of work, if I do say so myself.

The print shop I used appreciated the business: they did my own personal cards free for having them print the others’ cards, thousands of them.


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