Believing

Goebbels

“I had little doubt that the majority of German people would swallow these idiotic lies. After all my time in this Nazi cuckooland, I still found it profoundly depressing to see a people so easily deceived.”

— William L. Shirer, reflecting on Hitler’s New Year’s proclamations, January 1940, in 20th Century Journey: The Nightmare Years, 1930-1940.

Photo: Joseph Goebbels, Reich Minister of Propaganda, at a League of Nations Assembly, Geneva, Switzerland, 1933, by Alfred Eisenstaedt

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The Ten Ages of a Letter

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In 1902, Edward P. Hennessy, a St. Louis letter carrier and the President of the National Philatelic Association of Letter Carriers, published a series of ten postcards entitled “The Ten Ages of a Letter in the World’s Fair City,” with photography by the Sanders Co. of St. Louis. By 1903, Hennessy had sold more than 4,000 sets, and anticipated selling many more to fair-goers attending the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, informally known as the St. Louis World’s Fair, in 1904. I’d read about the set, but never seen it until today. It was worth the wait.

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