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Month: July 2017

San Francisco Postcard Club

San Francisco Postcard Club

 June 24, 2017, I was invited to give a talk about my newest book, Dearest Minnie. I used my computer and their large screen to show slides of the postcards  when the fleet visited California, specifically San Francisco Bay Area.  My brother and sister-in-law graciously drove me to the event as I didn’t have a clue how to find my way in San Francisco.

What a fun and attentive group of people. Their meetings are held at Fort Mason in San Francisco on the fourth Saturday of each month.  For more details visit their web site.

I was surprised to see my son and his girl friend walk into  the meeting room to hear my talk along with her parents and her visiting grandparents whom I had never met; a real thrill for me. My son  made reservations at a restaurant at Fisherman’s Wharf for all of us. What a delightful afternoon meeting new people, signing and selling books and being with my family. Thank you all!


Collectible Postcards Take You Around the World : Press Release

Collectible Postcards Take You Around the World : Press Release

| PRESS RELEASE – JULY 8, 2017 |

Collectible Postcards Take You Around the World 

Aboard Teddy Roosevelt’s Great White Fleet
Historical Narrative


Dearest Minnie, a sailor’s story 

By Leslie Compton

Dearest Minnie, a sailor's story by Leslie ComptonThis wonderfully accurate portrayal of Teddy Roosevelt’s 43,000-mile, 14-month good will tour is seldom told in depth in history books. Extrapolated from and including over 200 actual (collectible) postcards sent home to “Dearest Minnie,” this book is an engaging narrative as seen through the eyes of an enlisted sailor aboard the USS Virginia.

12 December 1907. One hundred ten years ago, Teddy Roosevelt’s Great White Fleet sailed into the history books. Comprised of sixteen battleships and manned by 14,000 sailors and marines under the command of Rear Admiral Robley “Fighting Bob” Evans, the American fleet set out from Hampton Roads, Virginia on 12 December 1907, to visit 20 ports on six continents before returning to Hampton Roads, Virginia on 22 February 1909.

Dearest Minnie, a sailor’s story is an engaging written and pictorial narrative about the battleships, the political climate, the animals aboard ship, the various cultures, the entertainment, the unexpected mishaps as well as the budding romance between a Virginia sailor and his “Dearest Minnie.” The full-color collectible postcard images follow the fleet as it sails to each port. Included in the book is a detailed description of each card and photo.

Considered as one of the greatest peacetime achievements in US Navy history, Dearest Minnie, a sailor’s story offers something for everyone: postcard collectors, history enthusiasts, and romantics. You only need a love for history and a desire to learn something new.

About the Author:

Retired professional musician, music teacher, elementary teacher and childbirth educator and has taught several courses on memoir writing. While researching the Great White Fleet, Compton wrote an article for the Post Card Collector. She is an instructor for a six-week course through OLLI about the Great White Fleet. Compton is currently working on her fourth book, living in Talent, Oregon.   |    Facebook: @leslie.momyer

For further information, interviews, media kit or proofs please contact:

Suzanne Parrott at First Steps Publishing
541-961-7641 or

ISBN:  978-1-937333-39-3 | Retail $34.95 | Paperback

Press Release (PDF)  |  Dearest Minnie, a sailor’s story by Leslie Compton  July 8, 2017
Sale Date: August 1, 2017