While the Sheraton Park Hotel in Washington D.C. may be the intended subject of this postcard, the focus is clearly on the “Cherry Blossom Special”, the free train service that shuttled visitors around the grounds. Of course this miniature train isn’t a train per se, as it rolls on tires rather than tracks.
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.
1401 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.
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.
Published 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)