Creator
Cpt. Manuel P. Nadler
Time Period
1944-1945
Entries
5

O'Connor Collection

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O'Connor Collection

This is a rather unique collection, in that it consists of only one photo, two envelopes and two letters. A soldier, visiting Palmer in 1944, took the picture of two local children. Believing the children's parents might wish to have a copy of the resulting image, but not knowing the children's names or address, he enclosed the photo in an envelope, attached a copy of the children's image on the front, and, using that image as the address, mailed it in care of "Community Center Post Office, Matanuska Valley, Alaska". The envelope was delivered to the proper Palmer household without difficulty.

Image is of two children, identified as Arleta Goodrich and Davy Harrison, standing in a Palmer gravel street eating ice cream cones. Part of a building, automobiles and mountains are visible behind. Photo was taken by a visiting soldier who failed to get names of the children. Later, wanting to give the photo to their family, he enclosed it in a large envelope with a letter, taped a copy of the photo on the outside to serve as the addressee "in care of Community Center Post Office, Matanuska Valley, Alaska". It was delivered with no problem.
Envelope used to send the attached picture to the family of the children without knowing their mailing address.
Transmittal letter associated with the “Buddies” photo.  Letter's date of 1944 appears to be a mistake considering its content and the date stamp on the envelope it was delivered in, and should be 1945.
Image is of the envelope used to send the negative of the “Buddies” picture to the Goodrich family
Letter to the Goodrich family transmitting the photo negative to them of the “Buddies” photo.
Image is of two children, identified as Arleta Goodrich and Davy Harrison, standing in a Palmer gravel street eating ice cream cones. Part of a building, automobiles and mountains are visible behind. Photo was taken by a visiting soldier who failed to get names of the children. Later, wanting to give the photo to their family, he enclosed it in a large envelope with a letter, taped a copy of the photo on the outside to serve as the addressee "in care of Community Center Post Office, Matanuska Valley, Alaska". It was delivered with no problem.
Title

"Buddies" 1

Creator

Manuel P. Nadler

Subject

People

Description

Image is of two children, identified as Arleta Goodrich and Davy Harrison, standing in a Palmer gravel street eating ice cream cones. Part of a building, automobiles and mountains are visible behind. Photo was taken by a visiting soldier who failed to get names of the children. Later, wanting to give the photo to their family, he enclosed it in a large envelope with a letter, taped a copy of the photo on the outside to serve as the addressee "in care of Community Center Post Office, Matanuska Valley, Alaska". It was delivered with no problem.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Envelope used to send the attached picture to the family of the children without knowing their mailing address.
Title

"Buddies" 2

Creator

Capt. Manuel P. Nadler

Subject

“Buddies” envelope with photo & address

Description

Envelope used to send the attached picture to the family of the children without knowing their mailing address.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Transmittal letter associated with the “Buddies” photo.  Letter's date of 1944 appears to be a mistake considering its content and the date stamp on the envelope it was delivered in, and should be 1945.
Title

"Buddies" 3

Creator

Capt. Manuel P. Nadler

Subject

Transmittal letter associated with the “Buddies” photo.

Description

Transmittal letter associated with the “Buddies” photo. Letter's date of 1944 appears to be a mistake considering its content and the date stamp on the envelope it was delivered in, and should be 1945.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image is of the envelope used to send the negative of the “Buddies” picture to the Goodrich family
Title

"Buddies" 4

Creator

Manuel P. Nadler

Subject

“Buddies” envelope

Description

Image is of the envelope used to send the negative of the “Buddies” picture to the Goodrich family

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Letter to the Goodrich family transmitting the photo negative to them of the “Buddies” photo.
Title

"Buddies" 5

Creator

Capt. Manuel P. Nadler

Subject

Transmittal letter associated with the negative of the "Buddies" photo

Description

Letter to the Goodrich family transmitting the photo negative to them of the “Buddies” photo.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

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