Envelopes to Betty Riddle

Dublin Core

Title

Envelopes to Betty Riddle

Alternative Title

Envelopes to Riddle

Subject

Orlando (Fla.)

Description

"Two envelopes, which were processed by the Downtown Orlando Post Office and addressed to Betty Riddle. The first envelope was stamped September 15, 1941, while the other envelope, sent nine months later, was stamped June 13, 1942. Riddle was a born and raised in Orlando in 1923 and would have been around 18 when these letters were sent. Riddle’s father, Robert Riddle, was the owner of the Eola Coffee Company on Lake Eola. Riddle married Carter C. Whitmire, Sr., who owned Whitmire’s Furniture Store. Riddle continued her involvement in Orlando as a member of many local clubs and organizations until her death in 2007.

The most significant feature of these envelopes is that they both used 3 cent defense stamps as their postage. These stamps were issued in October of 1940 and contain a design sketched by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. These stamps were an attempt by FDR to encourage the United States to become involved in World War II. There were billions of these stamps sold across the U.S. in an effort to raise money for defense. Less than three months after the first envelope was stamped, the United States entered the war.

Source

Original envelopes to Betty Riddle: Orlando Remembered Exhibit, Downtown Orlando Post Office, Downtown Orlando, Florida.

Date Created

1941-09
1942-06

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of original envelopes to Betty Riddle.

Is Part Of

Orlando Remembered Exhibit, Downtown Orlando Post Office, Downtown Orlando, Florida.
Downtown Orlando Post Office Collection, Orlando Remembered Collection, Orlando Collection, Orange County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

Format

image/jpg

Extent

125 KB

Medium

1 envelope

Language

eng

Type

Text

Coverage

Downtown Orlando Post Office, Downtown Orlando, Florida

Accrual Method

Donation

Mediator

History Teacher
Civics/Government Teacher

Rights Holder

Copyright to this resource is held by the Orange County Regional History Center and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

Contributing Project

Curator

Shumate, Alayna
Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

Source Repository

External Reference

Rod, Steven J. "Arago: 3-cent Torch of Enlightenment." Arago: People, Postage, and the Post, August 4, 2015. Accessed September 19, 2015. http://arago.si.edu/category_2028701.html.
"Betty Riddle Whitmire –Find a Grave Memorial." Find a Grave. Last modified October 17, 2012. Accessed November 9, 2015. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=99085322.

Document Item Type Metadata

Original Format

2 envelopes

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