The Dickeyville Grotto

Dickeyville Grotto PostcardThis linen postcard shows “Christ the King,” a shrine that’s one of a series of grottos in Dickeyville, Wisconsin. Built in the 1920s by Father Mathius Wernerus, the pastor of Dickeyville’s Holy Ghost Parish, the grotto also includes the Grotto of the Blessed Virgin, Grotto of the Sacred Heart, the Eucharistic Altar, the Holy Ghost Tree, the Crucifixion Group and the Patriotism Shrine. The only construction that doesn’t have a religious theme, the purpose of the Patriotic Shrine is said by some to have been created to counter accusations that Catholics allegiance to the Pope was in conflict with love of country.

Century of Progress, Wisconsin Exhibit

Century of Progress, WisconsinThis one is a little different from the usual Century of Progress postcard. Showing the Wisconsin Exhibit, the card has this on the back:

at “A Century of Progress” emphasizes the vast recreational resources of the Badger State. Thousands of lakes and countless miles of streams and rivers, teeming with fish, and millions of acres of forest land, welcome you to enjoy the hospitality of the “Playground of the Nation.” Wisconsin’s agriculture and industry have won world-wide recognition for leadership in many lines.

Sutherland’s Motel Court

Sutherland's Motel CourtSutherland’s Motel Court at the corner of Cedar and Wisconsin Ave. in Wisconsin Dells. Postmarked July 2nd, 1956, the linen card has this message on the back:

“Hi – Having fun at the Dells – money is going like water. Hot 90 degrees. Going to Indian dances tonight & boat ride tomorrow.
Love to all – Dot & Jean”

Danforth Lock

Danforth Lock PostcardThe Danforth Lock in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin was designed to manage water levels on Oconomowoc Lake. It was built by the Oconomowoc Lake Club, and while I couldn’t determine the year of construction it was probably around 1900.

Indians and Steamer

Wisconsin Dells PostcardIndians posing with the steamer Winnebago on the Wisconsin River. On the back:

A great number of the Indians taking part in the Stand Rock Indian Ceremonial are here seen, clad in their most colorful costumes, grouped about the Steamer Winnebago at the Palisades landing.


Schwaben-Hof PostcardRecommended by Duncan Hines, this is the Schwaben-Hof Restaurant in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. On the back:

Milwaukee’s largest and most beautiful spot with genuine old Milwaukee atmosphere . . . where it’s cool and quiet and comforting . . . where the food is even a little better than you would remember it . . . cooked in fine old ways and served in quiet generous style . . . the ideal place for parties, large or small, arranged at a minimum of cost. For reservations call
COncord 9867 or COncord 4333.
Air Conditioned.
Never a minimum or a cover charge.

The Post Card Shop

Post Card Shop PostcardProduced by Curt Teich, this linen card shows The Post Card Shop in Wisconsin Dells. On the back: “The Post Card Shop is situated across from the boat docks. It is a convenient place to shop, write post cards, or rest while watching the passing parade.”