Wilmington, DE

I’m afraid Bob was a better bowler than a geographer. His annotation confused me until I consulted a map. The DuPont Hotel, featured in yesterday’s post, looks onto the east side of Rodney Square. Here we are looking south toward the library. Why he labeled the Delaware Trust building as his hotel is anyone’s guess.

Wilmington, DE

This card was sent by Bob to his mother in 1950. The message reads simply “having a lovely time”. A year later, he sent a nearly identical one. This time: “having an ace time on Dupont bowling trip”. Note the penthouse that was added to the building. On the one hand, it is possible that it was added during 1950. On the other hand, it is possible that the first card just airbrushed it away.

1950 would have been a prosperous year for the company, I think. Some combination of Mylar, Dacron, Orlon and Lycra would have been in the pipeline. Hosting a company-wide bowling tournament would have been no big deal, especially when you own the hotel and it’s in the same building as your corporate headquarters.

Given that one of these cards is postmarked from Pennsylvania and Bob elsewhere refers to driving here, I think he was based at the one of the satellite offices. And although there is no direct evidence for this, I suspect he was a pretty good bowler.

New Castle, DE

I seem to have acquired the postcard collection of Bob Millspaugh, formerly of Newburgh, New York. What is curious is that far more of the postcards were sent from Bob than to Bob. How did they end up back in the same place, I do not know. Quite a few were sent by Bob to his mother, Fannie Millspaugh, so it makes sense that these would have gone back to Bob, perhaps after her death.

Bob’s writing is very perfunctory, perhaps hardly worth mentioning, but taken together they tell a bit of a story. I have two copies of this card, one from 1952 and one from 1954. Both make reference to the annual Dupont company bowling tournament held in late March. In 1952 the weather was almost like summer, but in 1954 there was heavy rain all the way.