Reading Room, Congressional Library

Congressional Library PostcardPostmarked in 1921, this divided back postcard shows the gallery of the reading room in the Congressional Library, Washington, D.C. This message is on the back:

Dear Sister,
Your card rec’d. Glad to hear that you like your school. Miss McGddo[?], Miss Butterfield & I attended church this morning. Eight negro children from Charleston, S.C. orphanage sang 3 songs after the service. Love from Em.

Also written, wedged in and barely legible:

We are having civil war again in “War Risk.” The north always wins.

I’m curious as to what the last portion is in reference to. It makes me think they’re talking about some sort of board game, like “Risk,” only that game wasn’t created until the 1950s.

Fan and Bill’s Restaurant

Fan and Bill's RestaurantFan and Bill’s Restaurant in Washington, D.C. The back of this linen postcard proclaims, “Where visiting statesmen & celebrities enjoy fine foods and drinks. Featuring the Original Plank Steak, Extra Thick-cut Roast Beef, Broiled Maine Lobster, World Famous Rum Pie. Delightfully Air-Conditioned.”

The Pentagon from…

Pentagon PostcardFeaturing two views of the Pentagon, this card seems to have suffered from a typo of sorts, as the bottom picture is said to be a view “from Across Lagoon” whereas the top picture simply says, “The Pentagon from…” From where?

Willard Hotel

Willard Hotel Postcard1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, D.C. became Tennison’s Hotel in 1816, and would see several name changes in the next thirty years. In 1847 it became the Willard Hotel, with the building shown here erected in 1901. This undivided back postcard was published by Detroit Photographic Co., later to become Detroit Publishing Co.

George Washington’s Trowel

George Washington PostcardI’m a big fan of unusual postcards, and this one definitely qualifies. Published by The Lord Baltimore Press, this description is on the back:

The Washington Trowel
This Trowel has been used on many important occasions, the most notable being the laying of the Cornerstone of the National Capitol (by General Washington) in 1793, Washington Monument in 1848, and the Masonic Temple in Washington, D. C., by President Roosevelt, in 1907.


Religion PostcardPublished by B.S. Reynolds and printed by Curt Teich, this card features a wall painting by Charles S. Pearce. (1851-1914) Located in the Library of Congress, the work is titled Religion, and is one of four depictions of the family, the others being Labor, Study, and Recreation. (those are also found on similar postcards)