Friday, July 31, 2015

It’s 103rd O.V.I. Camp Week, Campers!

Although the above vintage postcards – from the book Lorain: The Real Photo Postcards of Willis Leiter – provide a tranquil look at the grounds of the 103rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry, in actuality the property will be teeming with life beginning this weekend.

Campweek 2015, the organization’s annual weeklong celebration for its members starts Saturday, August 1. This wonderful tradition dates back to 1866, when the Union soldiers of the 103rd decided to hold a yearly reunion to renew their friendships forged during the Civil War.
I’ve written about the 103rd O.V.I.’s reunion several times, including this post that provides a brief history of the organization, as well as offering a look back at the reunion held in 1933. 
This post featured a few vintage postcards. But if you would like to see an excellent selection of postcards related to the 103rd O.V.I., then be sure to get a copy of the book Lorain: The Real Photo Postcards of Willis Leiter that I mentioned above. It has a whole chapter of rarely-seen real photo postcards of the veterans themselves and the O.V.I. property on East Lake Road in Sheffield Lake.

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