Sam the Orangutan

Sam the OrangutanSam the Orangutan riding a tricycle at the St. Louis Zoo. According to the zoo’s website, Sam shook hands with visitors, smoked a pipe and, during the 1924 opening of the Primate House, sat next to St. Louis mayor Henry Kiel.

Palace of Agriculture

Palace of AgricultureThis one is an “official souvenir” of the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, and includes a view of the Palace of Agriculture against a silver background. It’s published by Samuel Cupples Envelope Co., “sole Worlds Fair stationers.”

Rock Village Lodge

Rock Village Lodge PostcardThe Rock Village Lodge in Springfield, Missouri. I like this postcard for the ’50s cars in the parking lot and also for the sign that promotes the lodge as featuring “RCA Television”. Neat-o! On the back:

ROCK VILLAGE LODGE
At Jct. Hiway 65-66-166 N. E. Edge of
SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI
One of America’s finest and most beautiful Motor Hotels. Mail & Telegraph service. Each unit free Television & Radios, Private Telephones, Air Conditioned, Tile Combination Tub & Shower Baths, Central Steam Heat. Dining Room and Cocktail Lounge. Excellent Food.
Member Congress of Motor Hotels
Recommended by Duncan Hines
Phone 6-6688 – P.O. Box 1651 S.S.S.

Union Station in St. Louis

Union Station PostcardI’m intrigued by this unmailed postcard, as the message on the reverse alludes to things that I can’t sort out. I suspect it refers to some sort of club, and hopefully someone can provide more information. The front has written the number, 8773, and similar four-digit numbers are referenced in the correspondence:

“Dear Ideal Friend 8769 –
Your card dated Sept. 8 came duly to hand and you promised faithfully you would send photo post card; up to date you have not done so. Now dear friend thats not fair. You have mine & fair exchange is no robbery. That card “An exercise on the piano” is all right only they ought to hold each other more tightly. [illegible word] but its good that is what she is saying. #8743″