Real Photo Postcards

Postcard collecting (“deltiology”) has been a popular hobby throughout modern history. During the early 20th century in particular it became very popular to create and send personalized photo postcards of local people, events, and locations. Over the years, these vintage and regional postcards have become a valuable historical resource to see images of every-day life … More Real Photo Postcards

Alfred Levely

Alfred Levely, 1871-1940 Artist, Local Historian, Shopkeeper Sculptor and poet Alfred Levely was locally known for both his artistic talent and his encyclopedic knowledge of local history and lumbering lore.  He created painted concrete sculptures featuring northern Michigan themes and then displayed them in the yard adjacent to his gas station on M-30 to attract … More Alfred Levely


Wright and Ketcham Lumber Company established company headquarters in Hope Township between Averill and Hope. They called their town Ketchamville, later shortened to Ketcham, after the junior partner Phillip H. Ketcham. Wright and Ketcham began purchasing tracts of pine land around 1878. This was the largest pine timber operation in the Saginaw Valley, with a … More Ketchamville