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Library to host talk on historic playing cards

November 29, 2018

The Hruska Memorial Public Library is offering an opportunity for residents to get a behind-the-scenes look into one of David City’s hottest products.

The Butler County Chamber Ambassadors have released two different playing card sets depicting historic photos of David City. The deck’s creators, Deb Dinkleman and Jeanne Hein, will be hosting a public forum regarding how each photo for the second series of cards -- released last year -- was selected.

“I think it’s wonderful that people are going to able to find out why the pictures that were chosen, were chosen,” Library Director Kay Schmid said. “And then I hope the audience will share memories of those places.”

The presentation is set to take place from noon to 1 p.m. on Dec. 12 at the Hruska Library, 399 N. Fifth St. in David City. Schmid asked for all those attending to make a reservation ahead of time either in person or by phone at 402-367-3100. The talk is free and food will be provided by Didier’s Grocery.

The first series of cards was released back in 2016, adorned with historic photos of David City from the Boston Studio Collection. Although the first series of photos came mostly from the late 19th century or the early 20th century, the second deck includes photos from the 1960s and 1970s.

Dinkleman said both decks have been popular among local residents. They cost $12 each and their original batch sold out fairly quickly. All money raised went toward the Chamber Ambassadors’ community fund, used to benefit local scholarships and community projects or programs.

“It went like hot cakes,” Dinkleman said.

The library talk will go over each photo in the second series. Dinkleman and Hein plan to discuss each picture, where it came from and why it was chosen for the deck. The discussion will be in the style of an open forum where audience members are encouraged to comment on their thoughts and memories of each of the 54 photos.

“I think it’ll be a good story time,” Dinkleman said, “I don’t know if we’ll make it through all 54 cards, but we’ll give it a shot.”

Some of the photos in the second series were taken by Dinkleman’s grandfather, Earl Reisdorff. She said a cousin found the collection after he passed away and several depict different sites of David City, possibly from a rooftop.

“It’s pretty amazing some of the pictures he came up with,” Dinkleman said. “(I) kind of feel like he was ahead of his time.”

Dinkleman said the two tried using photos that are significant to the area, of good quality and visually interesting to look at. If a third series were to be done, she said it would be comprised of historic photos from Butler County towns other than David City, like Brainard and Rising City.

The event is a part of the Library’s Food for Thought presenter series. Both decks of cards will be available for purchase at the presentation.

Eric Schucht is a reporter for The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at eric.schucht@lee.net.

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