Cherry Loading Dock at Haserot Beach on the Old Mission Peninsula | Archival Photo/Postcard
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Don Harrison, local historian and professional postcard collector/dealer, recently presented a program at Peninsula Community Library on Vintage Postcards of Northern Michigan.

The group met in the community room at the library, where Don regaled us with tales of vintage postcards and the stories behind them, including some from the Old Mission Peninsula – the Bowers Harbor Store, the Kroupa family, the Old Mission Steak House, Mission Point Lighthouse, the dock at Haserot Beach and more.

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Here’s a postcard of the Bowers Harbor Store before it was owned by the Young family. I don’t see a date on the card, but I’m guessing pre-1950s. I believe the caption reads, “F. A. Doig’s Store, Bowers Harbor, Mich.”

Bowers Harbor Store Pre-1950-ish | Archival Photo/Vintage Postcards
Bowers Harbor Store Pre-1950-ish | Archival Photo/Vintage Postcard

You can find Don on Facebook at “Up North Memories Postcards and Paper Collectibles” here, or email him at [email protected]. He also has a store on eBay here.

My mom has a ton of local postcards in her scrapbooks. I’ll have to sift through and start posting some of them here on the Gazette.

Check out the video of the presentation below.

Don Harrison Talks Vintage Postcards from Northern Michigan at Peninsula Community Library; September 2023

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