Court of Lions

Villa Zorayda Museum PostcardLocated in St. Augustine, Florida and built in 1883, the Villa Zorayda was the private home of Franklin W. Smith, a wealthy Boston hardware merchant. The eccentric Smith was a pioneer in the use of poured concrete construction as employed in the Villa Zorayda, and decorated the home with all manner of luxurious and exotic furnishings, including a 2,300 year old rug made of woven cat fur. On the back:

Court of Lions with Moorish arches in the Villa Zorayda Museum showing the Alhambresque tracery, the Hall of Justice leading to the left of the Court of Lions represents the room in which the Moorish rulers held sway in the original Alhambra, the Harem rooms, here latticed windows are seen and luxurious furnishings, – the Harem private entrance, the prayer room, and many others just as interesting.

Sightseeing Train

Sightseeing Train PostcardA sightseeing train in St. Augustine, Florida, one not unlike the “trailer train” seen in an earlier post. On the back:

Sightseeing Headquarters
102 St. George Street – Phone 2019
Oldest City – ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA – in the U. S.
Located straight through City Gates, 2 blocks on right.
Free Parking while on tour
THE GREEN TRAIN operates from
This Point to all Points of Interest
Train Fares – (All Fares Plus Tax)
1½ Hour Tour

Ponce de Leon Monument

Ponce de Leon Monument PostcardJeez Louise I have a lot of St. Augustine postcards! This one shows the Ponce de Leon Monument and has this description on the back:

This magnificent statue of Ponce de Leon, first citizen of St. Augustine and the discoverer of Florida in 1513, holds a commanding position overlooking beautiful, silvery-blue Matanzas Bay in the nation’s oldest city.
The figure of Ponce de Leon is cast from an old canon.

Narrowest Street in the U.S.

Narrowest Street PostcardNot only does St. Augustine, Florida lay claim to the oldest school in the U.S., but they also have the narrowest street! That city keeps Guinness busy for sure. Published by Tichnor Bros., the linen card includes this description on the back:

Narrowest Street in United States, 7 feet wide. Once used as a highway in Spanish period this block preserved by the city as a historic feature. Three other blocks have been widened for modern traffic demands but here hands can easily clasp from opposite buildings.

The Oldest School in the U.S.

Oldest School PostcardThe oldest school house in the U.S., where else but St. Augustine, Florida? I wonder if they have the oldest teacher, or perhaps the oldest third-grader? The linen postcard was published by Tichnor and has this description on the reverse:

The Oldest wooden School House, under three flags stands on quaint Old St. George Street just within the Old City Gates. As evidence a Spanish map of 1788 shows this red cedar house “in fair condition”. It has been used in recent exhibition as contrast to the most modern types of school architecture.

Trailer Train

Trailer Train PostcardThis card is beat to heck and gone, but that cool “train” makes it worth posting. If I’m not mistaken, the grill and hood of this sight-seeing train came straight off a late ’40s Dodge truck! The linen card was published by E.C. Kropp and has this description on the reverse: “The new and the old meet in St. Augustine. Pictured at the City Gates is the Trailer Train that entertains scores of people daily with its comfortable and well conducted sightseeing tour of the Nation’s Oldest City.”

The Neptune Restaurant

Neptune Restaurant PostcardThere are a slew of Neptune Restaurant cards out there, some monochromatic like this one, others displaying the full spectrum of colors. On the back:

The Neptune Restaurant invites you to visit Historical and Romantic Saint Augustine, Fla., “Where Ponce de Leon landed in 1513.” Temperatures the year ’round mean average 70.2 degrees. Beautiful Beaches.