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Guide to the Alice and Leonard Seely Christmas Card Scrapbook
1934-1993
 PR 364

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Collection processed by Joseph Ditta

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Biographical/Historical Note

New York natives Leonard J. Seely (born 1904) and Alice Eleanor Vance (born 1909) were married in 1934. The couple made their home in apartments in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn (first at 185 Marine Avenue; second, from about 1953 until their deaths, at 9902 Third Avenue). Alice, a member of the National Honor Society who attended Teacher’s College, Columbia University, taught elementary school in Harlem for a few years before finding a similar job in Bay Ridge. Leonard was a brokerage clerk. In retirement they travelled throughout the United States and wintered in St. Petersburg, Florida. According to her niece, who donated the present scrapbook, Alice “was very particular about selecting Christmas cards and would start the hunt early.” Leonard died in 1978. Alice died in 1999, six years after the last dated card in the collection.

[This note is based largely on information supplied via email to the archivist by Jeanne Pape, niece of Alice Seely.]