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May 15, 2013

'Downawanda' Abbey

Historical society exhibit focuses on time period of popular show

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Tonawanda News — “You’d get colored postcards of everything: businesses, factories,” he said. “They were a major form of communication at the time. If you wanted to go see Aunt Jane the next day, you’d send her a postcard. It’s not, ‘Here we are on vacation.’ This is how you talked to the person, because you can’t just call them. Back then it was the lifeline of how you communicated.”

As part of the postcard portion of the exhibit, the library and the historical society will be presenting a contest in which visitors are challenged to view isolated details taken from the images, then inspect each enlarged postcard to find where each item originated. Prizes will be awarded to the winners.

Library Director Glenn Luba said winners will be drawn June 30. 

IF YOU GO • WHAT: "Downawanda Abbey" exhibit • WHEN: Wednesday to mi-August. There will be an opening presentation and reception at 7 p.m. tonight. • WHEN: City of Tonawanda Library, 333 Main St., Tonawanda

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