Mailed in 1910, this divided back postcard offers a nice view of the Saltair Pavilion entrance. The historic structure endured countless challenges, including fire and the occasional receding of the Great Salt Lake. Enthusiasts of vintage horror and b-movies might know the pavilion as a key setting in the 1962 film, Carnival of Souls.
Iconic 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.
NEW SALTAIR PAVILION, GREAT SALT LAKE
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.
I 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.
I 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, 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
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.