New Mexico

New MexicoThis 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.

Sesqui-Centennial International Exposition

Sesqui-Centennial International Expositionpostcard backI 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.

Des Moines, Iowa

Des Moines, IowaLooking 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.