Postcard of Organ at La Chaise-Dieu

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  • Color postcard of the organ at La Chaise-Dieu in Haute-Loire, France. The organ has ornate wood carvings, and the rest of the church is made of brick. The postcard is addressed to John Fesperman, who worked in the Division of Musical Instruments at the National Museum of History and Technology, now the National Museum of American History. The message on the back reads:
  • "[left side] Sorry we missed one another July 1, 1968 HAPPY MOVING! (Auvergne) Dear John, I finally found an organ worthy of you-for the little romanesque churches of the Auvergne seemed more ready to receive flutes or bagpipes (!) than the noble courtly instrument-and they all were kept in style. France seemed empty so far....but today the elections are over and the traditional holiday-time begins-at least for Frenchmen who, however, tend to leave their country, lovely as it is, but excessive, with good food and abominable hotels. But for one night anything goes, as far as I am concerned, even though I have an absurdly heavy suitcase-for the whole summer to carter around. I am writing in the midst of a heat-wave worthy of Washington. I hope it missed you! Best; Eleanore"


  • Fesperman, John T
  • National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.)
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Musical Instruments


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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 485, Box 38, Folder: Europe: Organ Photo Cards: Miscellaneous

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


July 1, 1968

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  • Paper

ID Number

SIA2013-07737 (front) and SIA2013-07738 (back)

Physical description

Number of Images: 2; Color: Color; Size: 4.1w x 5.9h; Type of Image: Postcard; Medium: Paper

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