Published: May 1, 2012
Sometime between early to mid-April, a burglary of a home here occurred in which a collection of various paper and ephemera items was taken. The items had been packed away so the theft went undetected for several weeks.
Items stolen include a large group of 1940s and 1950s greeting cards, including Easter, Christmas, birthday, baby shower, illness and Thanksgiving. Many had names on them, including Harriet, Amy, and David Yale, Norman and Fred Peck, Faye Hart, Virginia Knox, the Childs, “Skipper,” “Ginny,” the Morgansons, the Nelsons, Virginia Alma and John Knox, Helen Weber, Phylis Maynes and Virginia Sage. Inside signatures include the Lorenzo Hamiltons, The Sheldon Keeneys, Faye Hart, Virginia Knox, Esther Langwell, the Nortons, Bessie and Lou Davis, the Debussys, the Chapins and Mary Andrews from Glastonbury, Conn. Most all of the cards were mailed in Connecticut.
A large group of postcards from 1900 to 1960, many with the same names as the greeting cards, is also reported missing. Other names include Buchanan, Arthur Yale, Smyack, Tuttle and Fossard from Hartford, Conn.
Also taken were a large group of valentine cards dating from 1900 to 1950, a group of common Victorian trade cards and calling cards, a group of books including old cookbooks, a photo album of Meriden, Conn., homes and buildings, several historical books and several boxes of old personal letters from the Connecticut families of Yale, Hart, and Knox and Davis, circa 1900‱930.
Reported stolen as well were several boxes of 1950s glass ball Christmas ornaments and Christmas-related paper goods; a group of common male and female posing tintypes, five to seven cloth black tourist island dolls from the 1940s, three or so sets of 1940s era black memorabilia salt and pepper shakers, and a small group of old magazines including Life, Motion Picture and Time.
Anyone with information on these items is asked to call Sargent Busa at the Southington Police Department at 860-621-0101.
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