This linen postcard features a poem about New Mexico written by Anna B. Stevenson. I tried to find information about Anna Stevenson, but all I learned was that she wrote a book, The teaching of Poetry to High School Students, in 1933 and also published at least one collection of poems.
Midland, Texas, best known as the hub of West Texas oil production.
This Tucson, Arizona large letter postcard is a beauty, served up with bright colors and a side of southwestern flavor.
This large letter “Greetings from New Hampshire” postcard was published by Curt Teich.
The American Royal Live Stock Show in Kansas City, Missouri. The scene depicted here resembles a rodeo arena more than a place to judge livestock, but what do I know?
Navajo Mineral Spring, one of several springs in Manitou, Colorado. I was unable to find any info on the structure shown on this postcard.
Looking west down San Antonio Street in El Paso, Texas. On the left is the Gateway Coffee Shop, located on the ground floor of the Gateway Hotel. Opened in 1902, the Gateway Hotel was closed by the authorities in early 2014, citing numerous code violations.
I really enjoy learning about the scenes depicted on vintage postcards, and this one prompted me to learn a good deal about the 1926 Sesqui-Centennial International Exposition. The exposition was a world’s fair held in Philadelphia, a logical venue as it coincided with the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. One might assume that this event would have been a rousing success, but it seems that it was in fact fraught with difficulties. The five years of planning that preceded the opening of the fair were riddled with one budget cut after another, eventually prompting the director of the event to resign. His replacement became ill and resigned as well, and less than two weeks after the opening the third director died. Attendance fell far below predictions, and in 1927 the fair was placed into receivership with its assets sold at auction.
A “Children’s Out-Door School Camp” in Goodwin Park, Hartford, Connecticut. Work on developing the park began in 1901, with a nine hole golf course completed in 1906. This postcard was mailed from Hartford to Brooklyn in 1910.
Looking down on Locust Street in Des Moines, Iowa. On the back:
In the distance is shown the magnificent, old capitol, located on a hill in a beautiful park of 85 acres. Construction started in 1871; completed 1896.