Updated Smith-Strickland aid

Even though I haven’t scanned anything in a while, I have taken on a few other family history projects. My mom recently sold the house that Big Mama (Irene Strickland Smith) and Big Daddy (Kenneth Judson Smith, Sr) built on Stafford Avenue. It had fallen into disrepair over the past 5+ years without anyone living there or maintaining it, so it was sold as a tear-down. Even so, there was a lot of cleanup and sorting to do. Mom took most of it on herself, which was really an enormous feat. I helped where I could, but it was certainly not as much as I would have liked.

I did bring home with me a few things from the attic at Stafford: Grandpa’s and Big Daddy’s military uniforms, a bunch of old books belonging to various Strickland family members from Franklin County (Including Gideon Wilkes Strickland, Arthur Parris Strickland, Homer, Mabel, and Simpson Strickland), and Big Daddy’s used stamp collection.

The stamp collection was all jumbled together in a large plastic bag in the attic. When I saw envelopes and postage, I assumed it was a bag of letters and correspondence, but when I got it home, I realized it was a collection of thousands and thousands of stamps. Big Daddy was a postman, so it’s not surprising that he would take up a hobby like that, but it was still amazing to see how many he collected. I sorted through them and made a list of all the different kinds and year, and I have updated the Smith-Strickland “finding aid”¬†with that list. I have yet to count the individual stamps, but since there are hundreds of many of those listed, I’m not too pressed to start that count.

In the same bag, there was also a big pack of letters from the Conn family of Raleigh (and Louisburg before that). This is the same Conn family as Conn Elementary in Raleigh, and some of the letters were written by Emma Conn (namesake of the school) to her brother Edward. The rest were love letters from a certain Ralph to Mamie Conn, her sister. I will likely scan those to share with any Conn researchers out there, but for now, they just get a mention. They also appear on the updated aid.

1943 Postcard from Lawrence Kruse Thomas to Mary Emma Yarborough Thomas: Railroad at 17 Points, Western NC

Postcard: Railroad at 17 Points, Western NCFrom the papers of Merry T. Pittman
Postcard: Railroad at 17 Points, Western NC
From the papers of Merry T. Pittman
Back of Postcard
Back of Postcard: Railroad at 17 Points, Western NC
From the papers of Merry T. Pittman

Hello Mom,
Having a nice time, things are not on the level up here, mighty hilly and billy.
Love, Lawrence

Eastern Air 1954 Flight Pack

Ticket sleeve
Eastern Air ticket sleeve
From the collection of Merry T. Pittman
Ticket sleeve
Easter Air ticket sleeve
From the collection of Merry T. Pittman
Flight napkin
Eastern Air flight napkin
From the collection of Merry T. Pittman

Flight Pack (front)
Eastern Air flight Pack (front)
From the collection of Merry T. Pittman
Flight pack (back)
Eastern Air flight pack (back)
From the collection of Merry T. Pittman

Avis ad (folded)
Avis ad (folded)
From the collection of Merry T. Pittman
Avis ad (front)
Avis ad (front)
From the collection of Merry T. Pittman
Avis ad (back)
Avis ad (back)
From the collection of Merry T. Pittman

Hertz ad (front)
Hertz ad (front)
From the collection of Merry T. Pittman
Hertz ad (back)
Hertz ad (back)
From the collection of Merry T. Pittman

Air mail labels
Air mail labels
From the collection of Merry T. Pittman
Telegrams
Ad for Telegrams
From the collection of Merry T. Pittman

In-flight reservations
In-flight reservations
From the collection of Merry T. Pittman

Silver Falcon (front)
Silver Falcon (front)
From the collection of Merry T. Pittman
Silver Falcon (back)
Silver Falcon (back)
From the collection of Merry T. Pittman

Silver Falcon (front/back)
Silver Falcon (front/back)
From the collection of Merry T. Pittman
Silver Falcon (unfolded)
Silver Falcon (unfolded)
From the collection of Merry T. Pittman

The Big Payoff, Prize Letters, 1954

Prize Letter from The Big PayoffFrom the papers of Merry T. Pittman
Prize Letter from The Big Payoff
From the papers of Merry T. Pittman
McCarty Prize Letter from The Big PayoffFrom the papers of Merry T. Pittman
McCarty Prize Letter from The Big Payoff
From the papers of Merry T. Pittman
McCarty Prize Letter from The Big PayoffFrom the papers of Merry T. Pittman
McCarty Prize Letter from The Big Payoff
From the papers of Merry T. Pittman
Prize Letter from The Big PayoffFrom the papers of Merry T. Pittman
Prize Letter from The Big Payoff
From the papers of Merry T. Pittman
American Luggage Prize Letter from The Big PayoffFrom the papers of Merry T. Pittman
American Luggage Prize Letter from The Big Payoff
From the papers of Merry T. Pittman

1954 Telegrams to Jack and Merry Pittman at The Big Payoff, New York

1954 Telegram from The Big Payoff to Jack and Merry Pittman
1954 Telegram from The Big Payoff to Jack and Merry Pittman
From the papers of Merry T. Pittman
1954 Telegram to Jack and Merry Pittman at The Big Payoff, New York
1954 Telegram from Saco Lowell Shops to Jack and Merry Pittman at The Big Payoff, New York
From the papers of Merry T. Pittman
1954 Telegram from to Jack and Merry Pittman at The Big Payoff, New YorkFrom the papers of Merry T. Pittman
1954 Telegram from June and Kenny Hansen to Jack and Merry Pittman at The Big Payoff, New York
From the papers of Merry T. Pittman
Page 1 of 1954 Telegram to Jack and Merry Pittman at The Big Payoff, New York
Page 1 of 1954 Telegram from Saco Lowell Shops to Jack and Merry Pittman at The Big Payoff, New York
From the papers of Merry T. Pittman
Page 2 of 1954 Telegram to Jack and Merry Pittman at The Big Payoff, New York
Page 2 of 1954 Telegram from Saco Lowell Shops
From the papers of Merry T. Pittman
1954 Telegram to Jack and Merry Pittman at The Big Payoff, New York
1954 Telegram from Katherine, June, Edna and Bess to Jack and Merry Pittman at The Big Payoff, New York
From the papers of Merry T. Pittman
1954 Telegram to Jack and Merry Pittman at The Big Payoff, New York
1954 Telegram from Scott and Jackie to Jack and Merry Pittman at The Big Payoff, New York
From the papers of Merry T. Pittman
1954 Telegram from to Jack and Merry Pittman at The Big Payoff, New York
1954 Telegram from Mother, Harry and Berta to Jack and Merry Pittman at The Big Payoff, New York
From the papers of Merry T. Pittman

The Big Payoff, digitized recording, 1954

The raw converted sound recording of Jack and Merry Pittman on The Big Payoff in 1954 (provided by their son, James M. Pittman):

Newspaper Clipping about contestant Merry Pittman
Newspaper Clipping about Merry Pittman on the Sunshine tele-quiz radio show
From the papers of Merry T. Pittman

Miami Beach Mini Postcards, not dated

From the Collection of Mary Yarborough Thomas
From the Collection of Mary Yarborough Thomas
From the Collection of Mary Yarborough Thomas
From the Collection of Mary Yarborough Thomas
From the Collection of Mary Yarborough Thomas
From the Collection of Mary Yarborough Thomas
From the Collection of Mary Yarborough Thomas
From the Collection of Mary Yarborough Thomas
From the Collection of Mary Yarborough Thomas
From the Collection of Mary Yarborough Thomas
From the Collection of Mary Yarborough Thomas
From the Collection of Mary Yarborough Thomas
From the Collection of Mary Yarborough Thomas
From the Collection of Mary Yarborough Thomas
From the Collection of Mary Yarborough Thomas
From the Collection of Mary Yarborough Thomas
From the Collection of Mary Yarborough Thomas
From the Collection of Mary Yarborough Thomas
From the Collection of Mary Yarborough Thomas
From the Collection of Mary Yarborough Thomas