It’s been several months since I’ve shuffled through the collection of vintage and antique postcards I keep in a couple of antique wooden cigar boxes. For amusement, I grabbed a handful to enjoy. For today, I’m sharing four cards that feature visually quirky photographs. The cards are certainly products of their times.
I’m guessing the slot machine card was printed in the late 1950s or early 1960s by Sierra News Company of Reno, Nevada. The caption reads: “Slot Machines in Nevada. It is said a fool and his money are soon parted, but in wide-open Nevada, the slot machines are not particular–they will take it away from any and everybody.”
The double photo of the 1960s couple standing on cement blocks promotes a tourist trap in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The card was published by Rushmore Photo of Rapid City, South Dakota. The caption says: “Change Position–Change Height. Your guided tour begins at the two level blocks. You will be amazed to see the difference in height when you change places at the ‘Cosmos of the Black Hills’ on US 16 between Rapid City and Mt. Rushmore”. I think the Cosmos attraction is still in business.
The three kiddos seem mesmerized by the depiction of a dinosaur skeleton. The photograph was snapped and published by Jack B. Riggle Photography of Lincoln, Nebraska. The caption states: “Stegosaurus Fountain, Children’s Zoo, 30th & A St., Lincoln, Nebr. This unique fountain sets the pattern of one of the most attractive Children’s Zoos in the Country. It is symbolic of the long evolution of animals from pre-historic times to the modern animals of today, as found in this zoo.” The card was probably a product of the 1960s.
After going through the postcards, I decided to display the horse card by sticking it to the refrigerator with a magnet. The image brings a smile to my face.