Connor died in March 2011 from injuries he sustained in a car crash. He was an active member of the NEPHN, and helped form the group, formerly called the Center for Northeast Philadelphia History.
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“Unfortunately, after his death a large part of his collection, including hundreds of historic picture postcards, was sold and eventually ended up in the hands of a manuscript dealer in Lancaster,” McCarthy wrote in an email to NEPHN members. “After much negotiation and weeding out of less important images, we got the collection down to 341 postcards and the price down to $5,500.”
Tax deductible donations are now being accepted through the Friends of Lower Dublin Academy organization, a nonprofit Connor founded. Each contributor of $100 or more will receive CDs/DVDs of high resolution images of the collection. In the event not all the money can be raised, McCarthy and Moore intend to purchase fewer pictures. Those who donate $50 or more will be entered to win a free one-night stay at the Times House Bed & Breakfast in historic Jim Thorpe, run by former Northeast Times reporter Diane Prokop. The offer is good for one year.
Checks can be made payable to Friends of Lower Dublin Academy and mailed to
Friends of Lower Dublin Academy c/o Fred Moore 2557 Mansion Rd. Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006
For more information, contact Jack McCarthy at 215-824-1636 or jacksnotes88 [AT] verizon [DOT] net.