Swift & Company

Swift & CompanySwift & Company, a business that was key to the growth of Fort Worth, Texas. Mailed to Gainesville, Texas on December 27th of 1908, the postcard has this message on the back:

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]

Texas Brewery

Texas BreweryI’ve been looking for one of these postcards (one that I could afford) for years, and finally got my hands on one. Mailed in 1914, the divided back postcard shows the facilities of the Texas Brewing Company, a Fort Worth brewery that was at 9th and Jones St. The company operated from 1890 to 1918.

Riverside Inn

Riverside Inn, Saranac LakeThe 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.

Riverside Inn Photo

Carlsbad Caverns Lunch Room

Carlsbad CavernsMailed in 1946, this postcard shows the lunch room at Carlsbad Caverns. On the back:

LUNCH ROOM
CARLSBAD CAVERNS NATIONAL PARK
NEW MEXICO
owned and operated by Cavern Supply Co. under supervision of National Park Service. Good linches, including tea or coffee, served at reasonable prices. Open every day in the year. Adequate equipment to accommodate any size crowd.

Stations of the Cross

Our Lady of Victory SchoolOn the grounds of the Our Lady of Victory Catholic school in Fort Worth, Texas is this garden that includes the Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto and the Stations of the Cross. On the back:

Our Lady of Victory College & Academy, Motherhouse and Novitate of the Sisters of Saint Mary of Namur, Accredited Residence and Day School for young women and girls.