Tulip Field, Holland, Michigan

tulip field postcardOne would be hard-pressed to find a more artfully composed postcard than this view of tulips in Holland, Michigan. On the back:

Two miles out on Lakewood Blvd., the Nelis Tulip Farm is the ‘Tulip Headquarters for the Nation’. Acre after acre of vari-colored tulip blossoms greet the eye, a delight to inhabitants and visitors alike. Situated in fertile territory, Holland is fast becoming a great nursery center of America.

The House of Rau

House of Rau PostcardThis curious postcard, mailed in 1940, prompts more questions than it answers. The description on the reverse might imply that the House of Rau was an antique shop, but a little research suggests that it was in fact a bar. (sure looks like a bar!) Another clue is the handwritten message on the back: “Dear Eva, Patterned after the Buckhorn Bar in San Antonio. Electric tables etc. Lots of fun.” The description on the back reads:

The House of Rau is the most unusual antique place in Detroit, Michigan or its suburbs. Surprises and shocks galore. If you can’t take it, stay out.

House of David

House of DavidHere’s a swell white border postcard that is in the collection of PCR regular Ivan Van Laningham. In his words:
“The Israelite House of David was a religious society co-founded by Benjamin and Mary Purnell in Benton Harbor, Michigan, in March 1903. This white-border postcard shows the entrance to the commune in 1906, when the House owned about 1000 acres of land. It became large enough to field a renowned baseball team and operate an amusement park (Eden Springs) of considerable size, a canning company, gas stations, and a nightclub. It would experiment in vegetarian cusisine and was the first to sell bottled water. A scandal racked the House in the late 20s, in which Benjamin Purnell was accused of rape and child molestation, charges which were never proved, but the commune was never again as large or influential.”
“What fascinates me about this white-border card is the pasted-on look of the arches of the entrance and the people on and near it. The flanking buildings seem to belong to an entirely different architectural school. The image looks like a black-and-white photograph that’s been colorized only in parts. If the picture had been taken much later, I might think the arches were airbrushed on.
Found in an antique store in Salt Lake City, with no message and no caption on the back.”

View of Lansing, Michigan

Michigan Ave., Lansing, MichiganPublished by the Rotograph Co., this undivided back postcard offers an interesting look at turn of the century Lansing, Michigan. Of particular interest are the adverts painted on the buildings, including two popular beverages, Coca-Cola and Pabst Blue Ribbon beer.

Weitzel Lock

Weitzel Lock PostcardWeitzel Lock in Soo, Michigan. On the back:

BIRD’S EYE VIEW OF LOCKS, SOO, MICH.
Showing the Weitzel lock (at the left) with the water on the low level and boats leaving the Poe lock, on the high or Lake Superior level. Boats in canal above are awaiting their turn to lock through.
The strip of park at the extreme right of the picture is the site of the new lock, now under construction.