Postcard to James Weaver

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  • Color postcard from Ed Tarr, a trumpet player and musicologist, to James M. Weaver, Associate Curator for the Division of Musical Instruments at the National Museum of History and Technology, now the National Museum of American History. The back has no image-instead, it contains the message from Tarr to Weaver. The address side contains Weaver's address and several Helvetia stamps of Switzerland and postmarks. The message to Weaver is as follows:
  • Basel, May 14, 1969 Dear Jim, Miss Virginia Fial, with whom I have been corresponding on the subject of natural trumpets, just wrote that you would like to have some information sent to you, presumably concerning our fall concert. Since I have heard from George Kent that our concert is "on", I don't quite know what sort of information you need. Could you please clear me up on this subject? What I could send you would be propaganda material: a broschure [sic] about George and me which you presumably already have, a record list brought up to date, a short biography of me with some reviews (all good, of course!), and a squib about the Edward Tarr Brass Ensemble. Also a repertory list with orchestra and a few photos. Please let me know your needs right away, and I will do my best to help you. Sincerely yours, Ed Tarr


  • Weaver, James Merle
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Musical Instruments
  • Museum of History and Technology (U.S.)
  • National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.)


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The Museum of History and Technology was created as a part of the United States National Museum (USNM) on July 1, 1957. When the USNM ceased to exist as an administrative unit in 1967, the Museum of History and Technology became a separate museum called the National Museum of History and Technology. On October 13, 1980, the museum's name was changed to the National Museum of American History.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 485, Box 8, Folder: G. Kent - E. Tarr

Contact information

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


May 14, 1969

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  • Postcard
  • Paper

ID Number

SIA2013-07745 (front) and SIA2013-07746 (back)

Physical description

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

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