Postcard from 1956 discovered in book sale purchase

I recently purchased a copy of The World’s Great Letters at a local book sale for $1.50. The book was published in 1940 and contains the text of letters written by:

  • Alexander the Great
  • Saint Jerome
  • Christopher Columbus
  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • Michaelangelo
  • Henry VIII
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • George Washington
  • Thomas Paine
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • John Keats
  • Robert Browning
  • Edgar Allen Poe
  • Dostoevsky
  • Charles Dickens
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Emily Dickinson
  • Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • William Randolph Hearst
  • Mark Twain
  • George Bernard Shaw
  • Lenin

As if purchasing a collection of such letters for $1.50 were not already a bargain, I found a postcard advertising The Sporting News. The text of the postcard reads as follows:


You can have the next TWELVE BIG ISSUES of The Sporting News for only $2.00.

You will receive coverage of all developments in all pennant races in the minors as well as the majors, including World’s Series Games. Mailed direct to your home or office for just $2.00.

Send remittance within five days and receive THIRTEEN issues instead of TWELVE.

C.C. Spink & Son

2018 Washington Ave.

St. Louis 3, Mo.

Click past the break for scans of the postcard.

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