I started collecting postcards long before I knew it is a very popular hobby or that there is a name for it. As an on again and off again deltiologist, I like to celebrate World Postcard Week by going through one of the boxes of cards in my collection. Today’s images show a few cards I bought at the places depicted on the fronts of them. Most of the time I bought more than one card at a time so I could send them to grandparents and friends.
The most drab postcard in my collection is an out of focus black and white photo of a steak house in the small town of Decatur, in eastern Nebraska. The card is noteworthy because it looks like the photographer didn’t care to find a pleasing angle from which to take a picture. The scene looks so forlorn.
I like the Florida card because it is what people expect from a tourist postcard. The state’s famous agricultural crop is the backdrop for an equally bright, bold, short greeting. It was published by “Tropical Cards & Souvenirs” of Bradonton, FL.
The photo of the imposing Victorian building is on a card I purchased at a small cafe in Texas. It was printed by “Snapp Photos” of Cuero, TX. The description on the reverse says, “Dewitt County Courthouse, Cuero, Texas–This fourth Dewitt County courthouse was completed in 1896 at a cost of $107,000. Architects were A.O. Watson and Eugene Helner. Interior remodeled and air-conditioned in 1956-57.”
The family was on vacation in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado in 1966. Our drive up Pike’s Peak happened on my 14th birthday. My brother bought a few postcards at the gift shop at the top of the mountain as his gift to me. The cards were stamped with a circular inked stamping similar to a postal cancellation mark. It gave the date and the words “Summit of Pikes Peak–Altitude 14110”.
The reverse side inscription reads, “Hotel Pawnee, Western Nebraska’s finest… In Buffalo Bill’s Home Town, North Platte, Nebraska. Color by Gene McConnell” I don’t remember why I booked the hotel room, perhaps it was during a weekend car trip.
Anyone who has taken a road vacation to the Black Hills of South Dakota can remember seeing the numerous advertising signs along the highway for Wall Drug. This “Plastichrome” card was printed in Ireland. The reverse side inscription says, “Wall Drug, Wall, South Dakota–Wall Drug in Western South Dakota, where coffee is still 5 cents and you’re as out west as you’re ever gonna get!”
The last two images are of cards I purchased at a flea market, many years ago. The Mount Saint Helens card was printed by “Lipschuetz & Katz” of Portland, Oregon some time in the 1920s or early 1930s. The message on the reverse reads: “Mount St Helens is 10,000 feet high and presents a beautiful view from Portland, Oregon. Was named in honor of Lord St Helens from England. It lays 50 miles north of Columbia and is one of the most scenic of the many mountains surrounding Portland.”
The card with the sentimental message was probably printed in the 1920s. The only printing on the back is what is necessary to process the card through the U.S. Mail.
Do you have some postcards stashed away someplace? Find them and enjoy World Postcard Week.