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BenFranklin1902
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Tom in Exton, PA
03 Mar 2018
02:27:12pm

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I bought this very nice cover from Roy in the past year. I thought the name on it was interesting.. "Echo D. Pepper". I pictured a little girl with an intriguing name. I never heard of any woman named Echo before. So I put it in my album.

The other day, with Roy's new cover upload, I was looking again at Famous Americans. As I have them in my album, I'm varying the cachets and addressees to add interest. I bought another three covers I believe.

Anyway, there was that name again. So I did what any modern guy would do... I Googled it...

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And this is what I found! Our Echo was Doctor Echo Dolores Pepper, PhD of Mathmatics. Her dissertation was published and is listed on Amazon (although not in stock) and the library search found a copy at... The University of Chicago (of course)

So Dr Pepper was a stamp collector! And in 1940 she would have at least been in her 40s. I then put the mailing address into Google Street View and found it to be an office building on the campus of... The University of Chicago! So she must have been on staff there for her career.

The fun stuff you can do with the modern tools we have today. That cover just became much more interesting and important to me!

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doomboy
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03 Mar 2018
03:13:24pm
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Looked a bit deeper.

Ph.D from University of Chicago in 1925
Studied at Oxford on a Natonal Research Council fellowship in 1925-6
Spent 2 years at Bryn Mawr
Got on teaching staff of University of Illinois in 1928
Promoted to associate in 1929
Assistant prof in 1945
Promoted to associate prof in 1960 after considering move to Southern Illinois for better pay

The faculty chair and several other professors went to bat for her, as the dean was reluctant to promote her. They pointed out that her teaching was excellent and that there had been many younger, less experienced men promoted ahead of her. She got the promotion.

She retired in 1965 at the age of 68

-from Pioneering Women in American Mathematics (via Google Books)


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dani20
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03 Mar 2018
05:14:07pm
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Excellent stuff guys. Namaste.
Dan C.

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BenFranklin1902
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Tom in Exton, PA
04 Mar 2018
12:22:57am

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Thanks Darryl ! That's great information. I'm going to keep all this along with the cover.

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JohnnyRockets
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13 Apr 2018
10:49:24am
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This post was very interesting to me!

Thank you,


Johnny


P.S. Although I did secretly hope that she had something to do with the soft drink. I love Dr. Pepper (the soft drink!)

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dollhaus
13 Apr 2018
12:16:45pm
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In the 1960s, I lived in Christiansburg, VA. There were Pepper families in the area, and a section of VA Hwy 114 was called Peppers Ferry Road, which crossed Peppers Ferry Bridge. Local stories had it that Dr Pepper was named after a Christiansburg pharmacist named Pepper. There was noting to back up this claim.

A few years ago, I stumbled across an article on this. Although there's still nothing concrete, it looks like the old tale may be correct. There was a man named Pepper who was a pharmacist in Christiansburg. At the same time, there was a man with the same name as the inventor of DP (can't remember the name) listed as a pharmacy clerk. DP was invented in Waco, TX by a pharmacist who had come to TX from VA.

What could be more fitting than the inventor naming his product after the man who gave him his start in pharmacy?

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JohnnyRockets
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13 Apr 2018
02:16:07pm
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Wow!

Very cool, thanks dollhaus!


Johnny

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michael78651
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13 Apr 2018
02:49:26pm
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A couple of items that may be of interest.





#2 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dublin_Dr_Pepper

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