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Postcards to Michigan’s Past

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The earliest known picture postcard was a hand-painted design – posted with a “Penny Black Stamp” in London, to the writer Theodore Hook in 1840. The Penny Black was the world’s first adhesive postage stamp – issued on May 1, 1840. Displaying a portrait of Queen Victoria, it was primarily back in color and was one cent – thus, it became known as the Penny Black.

It was nearly two decades later before the first commercially-produced postcard was printed. In 1861, John Charlton of Philadelphia patented a postal card – later transferring the copyright to H.L. Lipman. Adorned with a small border and labeled “Lipman’s Postal Card, Patent Applied For,” these cards were available in the marketplace until 1873 when the first government postcards appeared. It was at that time that the earliest-known exposition card was issued – showing the main building of the Interstate Industrial Exposition in Chicago.

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Dexter, MI
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2319 Bishop Circle E
Dexter, MI 48139
(734) 792-9124

The long-anticipated opening of the null Taphouse at Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales production brewery has been a welcome addition to the Dexter community.

"This tasting room has been in the works for decades,” says Ron Jeffries, Jolly Pumpkin co-founder, co-owner and Brewmaster. “We’ve always wanted to have a great place for people to enjoy the beers that we brew on-site and we’re excited to unveil this new space which will allow us to do just that.”

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