Good morning (or whatever it is). Hope you're all well today and have nothing else to do but read the Album. Today I'm looking for two men. (I sure wish Kitty could have found some other way of putting that - signed her husband, Earl). Anyway, I'm looking for Mr. James Hanna, Sr. and Mr. Anton Simanek. These men sent me a renewal or subscription and somehow their names got separated from their addresses and we don't know where to send the magazine. If anyone knows these gentlemen, please let me know their addresses or ask them to write
I'd like to thank all of our readers for their patience and understanding during this 'fouled up' time. As I said last month, we've had to change our mailing system and many oversights have been made. You have been just wonderful about it. We've received such 'nasty' complaints as the one from J. B. Hess of Xenia, Ohio telling us that he didn't get the last Album and 'he can't keep house without it'. That surely makes us feel good. We didn't get Art Dickey's subscription renewal marked properly and he wrote telling us that he figured we would eventually get this straightened out but gosh! what if we didn't. 'I just got to keep the magazines coming. As you see, it's the only thing exciting ever happens around the store.' Art's from Corydon, Iowa and this is his store in Shantytown.
We've had other real nice letters too. Mr. Charles Martin of Batavia. New York says he has a complaint (the Album should come out every week) and a wish (to see a Beam engine and an article about it). He says the Beam really takes one back in the history of steam.
Mr. John Carpenter of Owensboro, Kentucky wrote telling me how much of a horse and mule lover he is. He enjoyed the picture in the September Issue of the 8 mule team and would like to see more. Perhaps some of you readers could supply those. Ed Seig of Sleeply Eye, Minnesota tells me that he enjoyed the reunions this summer and that the Album doesn't come often enough for him either. Speaking of reunions, Miles Lusk of Knox, Pa. really sent a letter of commendation for the show at Kinzers, Pa. He says he felt perfectly safe in leaving his car unlocked, found so many good people there, didn't see beer cans all over the place, the rest rooms were clean and the food wonderful and fairly priced. That's really a pat on the back to those who arranged the show at Kinzers. (Earl and I were there too, Miles, and we certainly agree with you).
Mr. Harry Bonnema of LeMars, Iowa is trying to find out the original color of a 10-20 McCormick Deering that he has. Under the dirt and grease he finds a dark gray-blue but at the shows they seem to be painted light gray. Does anyone know for sure? Amos Klingler of Buffton, Ohio would like to see stories and pictures of big loads (such as wheat). The biggest load he knows of was 140 bu. of un-threshed oats and 54 bu. of un threshed wheat. Alvin Andrew of Detroit likes to see pictures and stories from the railroad. Maybe Alvin will write one for us himself, along with any of you other railroaders. Fred Hart, Williams-field, Ohio tells me he wouldn't miss a single copy of the Abum - even if he had to travel to Enloa after it.
A word to 13 year old Donald Klinkner. Donald has been running his fathers steamer for 2 years and this year at the Madison, South Dakota show, some old timers were 'ribbing' him a little. You keep it up Don, I'll bet they weren't running steamers at 11.
I received a note from William Lamb of Washington D. C. telling me of how he met Mr. William Waters and his Greencastle engine. He says 'He (Waters) has a fine looking engine - it's just a little odd looking. But there's sure nothing odd about Mr. Waters. He sure has done one of the best jobs I have seen in restoring that engine. And he's a dyed in the wool steam engine man-not a speck of dirt or grease on it. He's always with a rag in his hand wiping it off. Mr. Waters in my estimation is a credited young steam engine gentleman. I believe if he could get it in the house, he would sleep with it. But them's the kind of young men we need to carry this thing on and on.' My deepest congratulations to William Waters. That's quite a tribute.
One more reminder that from now on you'll only receive one expiration notice. In the last issue of your Subscription. Thanks for your many letters about this and that. I'll answer all I can - by mail or at the next 'coffee break'.
A very Merry Christmas from Earl (my husband), Kathy (4), Ricky (7), Buddy (2 - our faithful dog) and me. Kitty.
I would like to explain a little bit about the code number that appears on your envelope. The first number is the zone in which you live (postal zone). The letter stands for the last issue which you will receive. If it is 'F', then the January-February Issue is the last you will receive (unless you renew). The last two numbers are very important, because it is this that enables us to find your record of payment in our books. If you have received a renewal slip or expiration notice in this Album and you feel that you shouldn't have received one, look at the open edge of the envelope. If there is a red mark along the side, then our records show that you haven't renewed your subscription yet. (Please allow us enough time to get them recorded). If there is no red mark along the side of your envelope, then the expiration notice is an error. Just ignore it. I'd like to remind you, that from now on you'll get only one expiration notice - the one that appears in your final issue. It takes a while for us to get your renewals and get them recorded, so if you have sent in your renewal in the three weeks preceding the arrival of the new Album, just figure that it has come through but not in time to be recorded before the new Album was mailed. I don't know if I've helped to clear anything up or not. I will gladly answer any questions, or check on any errors. Thanks for bearing with us.