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.

Father Dobberstein

Father Dobberstein PostcardFather Dobberstein and his St. Bernard Dogs. The postcard looks similar to a linen card, but is in fact a photo-chrome. (a Curt Teich “3-D Natural Color Reproduction” to be exact) On the back:

Father Dobberstein shown here with his St. Bernard dogs, worked for 43 years building the Grotto of the Redemption at West Bend, Iowa. It is built of precious stones, ores, various minerals, fossils, petrifications, shells and corals.

Crapo Park

Crapo Park PostcardEstablished in 1895, Crapo Park (pronounced Cray-po) consists of 85 acres in Burlington, Iowa. The “Electric Fountain” shown here is known today as the Foehlinger Fountain, and displays it’s colors and varying spray patterns each year between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

William S. Beardsley

Iowa Capitol PostcardIowa-born William S. Beardsley was governor of that state beginning in 1949, was reelected in 1950 and 1952, but choose not to run for reelection in 1954. In November of that year Beardsley was killed in an automobile accident north of Des Moines as he returned from visiting his son at Iowa State University.

Des Moines Bath House

Des Moines PostcardThis well-worn divided back card was mailed from Des Moines in 1910. The message on the back reads, “Dear Ferne – Have enjoyed your cards & letters immensely since I came home – write some more. “Ha Ha” Give me your home address if you ever write. bye bye – Dora” and written in elsewhere on the card, “Come lets go in swimming. We have a dandy place here.”

Old Lime Kiln Road

Osage, Iowa postcardPostmarked in July of 1907, this scene of Osage, Iowa has this hand-written correspondence on the back: “How would you like a drive over this pretty road? Drove over one just about like it yesterday. Am having the best time ever. – Ella, July 26/07”

Hotel Roosevelt

Hotel Roosevelt postcardThere were two schools of thought regarding the presentation of architectural subjects on postcards, particularly in the early years of the 20th century. One style included automobiles, and perhaps people, the other preferring to display the building as if in a sterile environment, with no cars or people. Even trees and neighboring buildings would be absent. This one is of the first variety, and includes several cars from the 1920s alongside the structure. I can’t confirm this, but I’ve heard it said that Cedar Rapids’ Hotel Roosevelt is today used as apartments for the elderly. The postcard was made by Curt Teich Co., and appears to be postmarked in 1924.