Greetings from Olympia Washington, printed by E.C. Kropp.
This colorful large letter postcard sends greetings from the State of Washington. Published by E.C. Kropp Co.
A large percentage of divided back era postcards used red for the description, and as can be seen here it didn’t always result in legible text. But with the help of magnification my old eyes discovered this moody night scene to be of Hewitt Ave. in Everett, Washington. Reminiscent of an Edward Hopper painting, eh?
I usually try to add a bit of back story for each postcard I share, but while Bellingham and the Roeder School have long histories, nothing compelling jumped out at me. OK, how about this: The alternative rock band, Death Cab for Cutie, was founded in Bellingham, Washington in 1997!
The Smith Motel in Colville, Washington, where their slogan is “For the Rest of your Life”. That either means it’s a restful place, or it could mean they won’t let you leave!
No, this isn’t the Bates Motel, it’s the Waits Motel, surely an unfortunate similarity in names. On the back:
1301 Lombard Phone AL 2-3276
One block off highway U. S. 99 N. – Quiet.
24 New Units, individual room controlled heat.
Les and Lois Knudson – Owner Managers
Totem pole in Seattle, Washington’s Pioneer Square. Originally called Pioneer Place, Pioneer Square is located in a historic district near First Avenue and Yestler Way. On the back:
The Seattle totem pole was made by Alaska Indians under the auspices of the Federal Government. Permission to get the pole for Seattle was secured by an act of Congress and signed by the President of the United States. The pole stands in Pioneer Square and is 50 feet high.
This Curt Teich postcard shows the “Famous Dungeness Crab, Puget Sound, Washington” and was mailed in 1943. It has this correspondence on the back: “Ralph, P.S. – Lots of these here, they use the little ones to fish with.”
This unmailed postcard was printed by the Pacific Novelty Company, a publisher that got their start in 1908. I suspect this Tacoma, Washington card is one of their earlier designs.
Here’s a trio of Seattle, Washington buildings, including the Frye Hotel, the Smith Tower, and the County-City Building. The unmailed postcard probably dates from the late 1940s.