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Finding Aid to the Walter Robert and Gail Lynn Kransky Collection of Edward H. Mitchell Postcards
BANC PIC 2017.021  
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Approximately 13,000 postcards published by Edward H. Mitchell of San Francisco, Calif., between approximately 1895 and 1923. Views are chiefly sites in California and on the Pacific Coast, but represented locales range across the American West and across the Pacific to Hawaii, the Philippines, and even China.
Walter Robert Kransky was born in Miner, Wisconsin in 1930. In 1948, after attending school in Chicago, he moved to Mountain View, California, where for 41 years he worked as a technical adviser for Southern Pacific Railroad. Inspired by his mother's collection, Kransky has collected pictorial postcards since the age of 8. In the 1980s Kransky began to develop his checklists for the output of many of the publishers and artists featured in his collection, including that of Edward H. Mitchell. Gail Lynn Kransky was born in Tacoma, Washington in 1937. Walter and Gail married in 1958 and were active together in the postcard trade.The following is excerpted from a biographical sketch by Lewis Baer (SFBAPCC), found on Walt Kransky's website (http://www.thepostcard.com/walt/pub/ehm/chklst/mitbio2.htm ) and the website of the San Jose Postcard Club (https://sanjosepostcardclub.com/mitchell-biography,visited October, 2022)
13000 prints (approximately 13,000 postcards in 6 cartons and 1 oversize folder) : chiefly color lithographs ; sheets chiefly 10 x 14 cm (postcard format)
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Collection is open for research.