Saltair, Try to Sink

Saltair postcardIconic view of the Saltair Pavilion on Utah’s Great Salt Lake. The popular swimming destination featured water with such a high salt content that it was virtually impossible to sink, a novelty that attracted visitors for decades. You can see a variation of this postcard here.

Mirage of Saltair Pavilion

Saltair Pavilion PostcardBack of Saltair PostcardI’m not sure that a reflection on water constitutes a mirage, but it’s a nice view of the historic Saltair Pavilion nonetheless. I’ve included a scan of the back simply because I like the logo that bears the slogan, “See Europe if you will, but see America first”.

Now Leaving Saltair

Saltair PostcardSaltair PostcardToday’s Saltair extravaganza comes to a close with these two postcards, the first a white border card from Curt Teich, the second a chrome produced by Mike Roberts. The second card shows yet another step in the evolution of the pavilion and probably dates from the late ’50s.

New Saltair Pavilion

Saltair PostcardThe Saltair Pavilion received a number of facelifts over the years, one of which is shown on this linen card published by the Carpenter Paper Co. The description on the back reads:

This structure was rebuilt during 1926 at a cost of approximately $750,000. It is mondern in every respect, having its own fresh water service, sewerage, and fire department. The main building is 350 by 250 feet. There are also 1,250 bathrooms with shower baths in each. The water of the lake is about 22 per cent solids, and one may float with ease upon its surface. Don’t you believe it? Try it.

Saltair by Night

Saltair PostcardI may be showing my ignorance here (something I do proudly and often), but I’m going to pose a question: Why are there so many vintage postcards floating around that have been carved into the shape of a luggage tag? I particularly see this with Saltair cards. Just wondering. This white border card, mailed in 1927, was published by Souvenir Novelty Co. out of Salt Lake City.

Bathers at Saltair

Saltair PostcardI have a passel of postcards showing the Saltair Pavilion and surrounding amusement area, several of which already posted here, and I figure this is as good a day as any to share the rest of them. I’ve had a fascination with Saltair ever since seeing Carnival of Souls, a low-budget horror flik from ’62 that has garnered quite a reputation over the years. The enormous Saltair Pavilion, abandoned and derelict at the time, figured prominently in the film and is said to have inspired its production. If you like B-movie horror I urge you to check it out. (the Criterion Collection DVD release of Carnival of Souls is awesome) This divided back view was published by Souvenir Novelty Co. and produced by Curt Teich. The bathers were clearly pasted into the scene, resulting in an odd spatial relationship between them and the pavilion. Either the structure is a miniature, or those bathers are giants!

Saltair in 1911

1911 Saltair PostcardSaltair, a grand amusement area in Utah with a long, turbulent history. This particular divided back postcard offers no clue as to the publisher, with only “made in Germany” indicated on the reverse. The back includes this correspondence:

Salt Lake City
Dear Bill,
Here is where I went in bathing yesterday. Couldn’t make my feet stay down but could float forever. Write to me soon. Are you going back to the desert soon.