Columbia Institute

Columbia Institute PostcardThe Columbia Institute in Columbia, Tennessee is the subject of this linen postcard by Curt Teich. Mailed from Columbia to Cleveland in 1945, the card has this message on the back:

“Hi Mom:
Well it won’t be long now – so far we have had a swell trip – Bootsie has been just fine – don’t forget to send me Johnnys mail – sent Delia a card from Ken. more later – Doris[?] & Dad”

Andrews Raiders Monument

Andrews Raiders PostcardLocated in the National Cemetery in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the Andrews Raiders Monument was erected in 1890. It is topped with a bronze replica of “The General”, a Confederate train that was commandeered by Union volunteers in 1862, a story that has been committed to film in the 1956 Disney film, The Great Locomotive Chase and in the 1926 Buster Keaton silent comedy, The General. On the back:


Memorial Tomb of J. J. Andrews and a replica of the Stolen Engine. In the midst of the National Cemetery, encircled with his executed fellow raiders, the body of the hero was reinterred here October, 16th, 1887.

Town Park Motor Hotel

Town Park Motor Hotel PostcardThe Town Park Motor Hotel, aka “The Pride of Memphis”. On the back:

The Beautiful New
Town Park Motor Hotel
“The Pride of Memphis”
East end of Mississippi River, only 2 minutes from downtown Memphis. 150 year-round air conditioned rooms and suites. Fine foods; 24-hour room service; swimming pool; room phones; muzak and T-V. Phone Whitehall 2-3222.
Also affiliated with Park Plaza Motels in St. Louis, Texarkana, Fort Worth, Amarillo, Raton, N. M., Flagstaff, Ariz., The Catalina in Wichita Falls, Texas and the Town House and Belmont Motor Hotels in Dallas.

Goldsmith’s Restaurant

Goldsmith's Restaurant PostcardThis linen card shows the restaurant inside Goldsmith’s Department Store in Memphis, Tennessee. Published by Mohawk Products Co. of Memphis, the card was mailed in 1953. The description on the back proclaims, “Goldsmith’s restaurant features a private Men’s Grill reserved for gentlemen only.” Do tell! There’s also this message:

“Ready to heat here now. (Thurs. p.m.) We had a safe trip. Made it O.K. but the temperature was too high. Having a good time & visit with our friends. It was thrilling crossing the River & seeing the city. – Maude”