Court House Tower Tree

Court House Tree PostcardA tree growing from a courthouse tower can make for an interesting postcard, but what I really like about this one is the message on the back. Postmarked in 1910, the message includes a humorous verse about postcard collecting:

Just heard you had
The Post Card fad
and had it bad
How very sad.

This one is bum
But will help sum
To fill your album
There’s more to cum.

The Home of Pluto Water

Pluto Water PostcardYep, Pluto Water. Apparently the spring water from French Lick, Indiana was touted as having all sorts of medicinal properties, not least of which was as a laxative. This prompted the slogan, “If Nature Won’t, PLUTO Will”, as presumably one was said to get sure-fire results within 2 hours. (did I say that?)

Clifty Motel

Clifty Motel PostcardThe Clifty Motel near Madison, Indiana. Looks like the joint’s jumpin’! On the back:

Hgwy. 56 & 62 at Junction 107
Two miles west of Madison, Indiana
Completely Modern – TV – Air Conditioned
Paul Geyman – Owner Operator – Phone 389L2

Madonna of the Trail

Madonna of the Trail PostcardErected by the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Madonna of the Trail commemorates the pioneer mothers of the covered wagon days. It’s located along the National Road Trail at the entrance to Glen Miller Park in Richmond, Indiana.

Grassyfork Fishery

Grassyfork Fishery PostcardThe Grassyfork Fishery in Martinsville, Indiana, founded by Eugene Shireman in the early 1900s, would become the largest goldfish hatchery in the world. Many postcards include the names of both the publisher and printer, but I’m admittedly a little confused by this one, as it states the publisher to be Grassyfork Fisheries, Inc. while also including the logos of both Metrocraft and Miller Art Co. My guess is that one company was responsible for the pre-print work (the artwork), while the other did the actual printing.