Just when I thought I’d seen all the Aquarena Springs postcards… I find more! This one shows the 1830 home of Dr. Eli T. Merriman, the historic structure being located in the Texana Village area of the amusement park.
Mailed on May 31st of 1956, this linen postcard offers a view of the beach at Panama City, Florida, “The world’s most beautiful bathing beach”. Judging from the correspondence on the back that slogan may be right on target:
We left last Fri. & arrived here Sat. at 1:00 P.M. for a months’ vacation. Imagiine 21 miles of white sandy beach. The children love it here & it is an ideal spot for them. We are all getting sun-tanned.
Hope you are all well. Love, Chris and John
I don’t know how many communities have, or had, their own circus, but Gainesville, Texas had one. The circus was conceived in 1930 by the Gainesville Little Theatre as a fund-raising venture, one that grew into a popular travelling road show. The circus was comprised exclusively of amateurs, all Gainesville residents, and was active until the mid-50s.
Dearest Phibe. Many thanks for the dear little tie you sent me. I was so surprised & I certainly do appreciate it. I got so many nice things & what did Santa bring you? My sweetheart brought me the loveliest[?] umbrella. Love you. Write me soon. Your loving friend, [name illegible]
The Riverside Inn was originally called Blood’s Hotel, and was opened by Orlando Blood on July 4, 1860. Located in the Adirondack Mtn. village of Saranac Lake, the inn would prove a popular residence for draft dodgers and those who had paid another to take their place on the battlefields of the civil war. The historic inn, visited more than once by Mark Twain, was torn down in the 1930s.
The postcard was copyrighted by Detroit Publishing in 1909 and can be compared to the original photograph on which it was based, shown below. Comparison of the two images show a few subtle differences, particularly the removal of the phone and power lines to clean up the scene on the postcard.