Carnivore House

Carnivora HouseOne of the things I enjoy about sharing vintage postcards here is the learning process that accompanies it. I routinely discover an interesting card, the subject of which I’m unfamiliar, and with a bit of googling I’ve learned something. But this view of “Carnivora House” in Walbridge Park, Toledo, Ohio proved challenging. But once Ivan Van Laningham pointed out that the word Carnivora was a typographical error things fell into place. As it turns out,the Carnivore House was originally where the large cats and gorillas resided at the Toledo Zoo. In the early ’90s the structure was converted to a Cafe called the Carnivore Cafe. Clever.

Super 88 Holiday Sedan

1956 OldsmobileThis advertising postcard was mailed by Siegel Motors, Inc. in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, and features a beautiful 1956 Oldsmobile… a 4-door hardtop no less! On the back:

The car with the power personality! Powerfully safe with the Rocket T-350 Engine…powerfully smooth with the new Jetaway Hydra-Matic Drive. It’s exclusively Oldsmobile for 1956.

Wayside Grill

Wayside GrillThe Wayside Grill, located at the corner of King and Kimball Streets in Littleton, Massachusetts. On the back:

Wayside Grill
BetweenConcord and Ayer (Fort Devens)
Good Food Is Good Health
No Liquor Served
Luncheon, Dinner and Refreshments
We Specialize in
Delicious Waffles, Fried Clams and Ice Cream
Under the same Ownership
and Management since 1933.
“Where Friends Meet”
Albion W. Clair, Prop.

Sweetbriar Mansion

Sweetbriar MansionBuilt in 1797, Sweetbriar Mansion is a Federal-style house that was the residence of U.S. Representative and Senator Samuel Breck. The large porch visible in this postcard view was a later addition and removed during a 1927 restoration.


Miramar, CaliforniaAn early view of Miramar, a neighborhood that is today a part of San Diego, California. The area was once part of Scripps Ranch where Edward W. Scripps had built a home in the 1890s. He named that home, wait for it… Miramar.