Tuesday, May 30, 2017

111. Lincoln Stamp and New School Year

Early in July, 1948, the Gettysburg National Park service reported that tourist travel from
October 1, 1947 to the end of June 1948 exceeded visitations during the same period a year earlier by 25,000 visitors. Tourism in Gettysburg during World War II dropped dramatically, but as of 1948, it was back on track and would shortly break all previous records.

The big front page news during the summer of 1948 was President Harry Truman’s authorization of a stamp to commentate the 85th anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. The new stamp was scheduled to go on sale on November 19, the date of Lincoln’s immortal words, known by some as the “greatest speech in the world.”

On July 28, 1948, 40 Gettysburg High School students attended a meeting to discus plans for the coming football season. Ten others who were invited were either working or on vacation. That was an excellent turnout compared with previous seasons which resulted in losing records.

The following month, 30 of the most promising candidates traveled 25 minutes north of Gettysburg to attend football camp at Camp Nawakwa for ten days. A busy training schedule and a lot of rough work prepared us for the coming season which started  on Friday, September 10.

Our senior year began on Wednesday, September 8, 1948, and according to Nancy’s diary, we were together in English, Chemistry and Spanish classes. After being apart for much of the summer while I was at Camp Nawakwa, Nancy and I enjoyed each other’s company in classes during the week  and dating on most weekends.

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