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Vintage Postcards Of The 1940s

Updated on February 22, 2018
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I love the look and feel of vintage and antique items. My collections contain quite a few beautiful items that I enjoy sharing.

Aloe Plaza
Aloe Plaza | Source

Landmark Postcards Of The 1940s -- Landmarks That Still Exist Today

This the second of my articles on Vintage Landmark Postcards. This page is about landmarks that existed in the 1940s and still survive today. My previous article was about landmarks that have, sadly, either disappeared or changed drastically.

If you live near one of these landmarks, you can compare how it looked then and now. If you do not live close by, an internet search should easily reveal a picture of the current building. From the internet research I have done, the landmarks are the same today as then. Here and there, although you may see a taller building popping up behind the landmark than what is shown in the postcard.

The vintage postcards have beautiful colors and are pleasant to look at. So let's get into our time machine and take a little tour around the United States in 1944.

Georgia State Capital At Night - Atlanta, Georgia

Postcard-Georgia-State-Capitol-1944 | Source

The back of the reads: "The Georgia State Capitol stands unique among all other public buildings in the United States as the one which cost exactly the amount of the original and only appropriation made for it. The building cost $1,000,000 and no more, perhaps $50.00 or so less. A very interesting State Museum occupies the third floor".

In very light print on front it says "Photo By Edgar Orr, Atlanta"

It is marked on back "Place One Cent Stamp Here".

This is a linen finish postcard from the 1940s

City Hall And Municipal Office Buildings And Memorial Plaza - Baltimore, MD.

Postcard-Baltimore-Maryland-City-Hall | Source

Postcard of City Hall and Municipal Office Buildings and Memorial Plaza

Linen finish postcard.

Back indicates "Art Tone Glo-Var Finished - Made only by Beals, Des Moines, Iowa"

Chrysler Building At Night - New York City

postcard-chrysler-building-new-york | Source

The back of the postcard reads: "A modernistic Georgia Marble and Indiana Limestone building which rises 1046 feet from the ground to the top of the steel mast. A truly great achievement of modern architecture."

This is a "Colourpicture" publication Boston 15, Mass, U.S.A.

In the corner it says: "Place one cent stamp here"

A Lesson In Dating Vintage Postcards - A Few Easy Tricks For United States Postcards

Postcard-Chrysler-Buidling-Back | Source

First, look at the address of the publisher: "Boston 15, Mass." The two digit zone code "15" is a give away that this was printed before 1963. In 1963, in the US, we went to 5 digit zip codes.

At that same time, the US Postal Department issued 2 letter designations for each state and the District of Columbia. It was done to allow room for the new 5 digit zip code. On this postcard you still see Massachusetts abbreviated as Mass., rather than MA.

Note the postage rate of "one cent". This means the postcard was printed before 1952


July 1, 1928 -- 1 cent

Jan 1, 1952 -- 2 cents

Aug 1, 1958 -- 3 cents

Jan 7, 1963 -- 4 cents

Jan 7, 1968 -- 5 cents

Aloe Plaza, Showing Fountain, Union Station And Post Office - St. Louis, Mo.

Postcard-Union-Station-St-Louis-MO | Source

The station was built in 1894. The building remains in tact today although a lot of the usage has changed. It has been renovated into restaurants, a Marriott Hotel and a shopping mall.

The fountain is called the Carl Milles fountain.

The back of the postcard shows the publisher as " Genuine Curteich-Chicago-C.T. Art Colortone" Postcard (Reg U.S. Pat. Off)


Public Library, New York City - Declared A National Historic Landmark in 1965.

New York Public Library
New York Public Library | Source

The back reads: "The magnificent building of the library of New York is located at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. It was built in 1911 at a cost of $2,000,000 and contains spacious reading rooms, exhibition rooms and art galleries. The book collections are priceless".

This card was published by the Acacia Card Company, 255 Broadway, New York 7, N.Y.

The back indicates ONE CENT POSTAGE is required.

Vanderbilt Mansion, National Historic Site, Hyde Park, N.Y.

Postcard-Vanderbilt-Mansion-NY | Source

The back reads:

"Established July 1940 as a Unit of the Historical Site, set aside by the Government for the benefit of the people. Made possible by a gift to the

Government by Mrs. Margaret Louise Van Alen."

The site comprises 211 acres, beautiful grounds, overlooking the Hudson River, together with the Mansion of the late Frederick W. Vanderbilt."

Published by: The Ruben Publishing Co., Newburgh, N.Y.

At the time this postcard required a one cent stamp

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Postcard-Mile-Standish-Monument | Source

Miles Standish Monument, Duxbury, Mass.

The only writing on the back indicates: Smith News Store, Plymouth, Mass--Tichnor Quality Views. Tichnor, Bros, Boston, Mass.

One Cent postage was required on this.

© 2012 Ellen Gregory

Thanks for taking a tour with me. - How did you enjoy it?

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    • Nithya Venkat profile image

      Nithya Venkat aka Vellur 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      Great lens, thank you for sharing your postcard collections with us.

    • AstroGremlin profile image


      5 years ago

      Folks communicated this way in bygone days. How exciting to receive one of these in the mail.

    • srsddn lm profile image

      srsddn lm 

      6 years ago

      Oh! What a beautiful collection of images.

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      6 years ago

      Nice!Things change so fast today. It's nice to see some things "stand the test of time" so to speak.

    • nickybutler profile image


      6 years ago

      Amazing images, thanks for a great lens :)

    • Redneck Lady Luck profile image

      Lorelei Cohen 

      6 years ago from Canada

      I really like that you have included how to date old postcards here in your article. Postcards used to be such a popular method of keeping in touch with distant loved ones and it is nice to know as much as possible about the old collectible postcards which we stumble across.

    • WriterJanis2 profile image


      6 years ago

      Such awesome images. Blessed.

    • Deadicated LM profile image

      Deadicated LM 

      6 years ago

      I did indeed. I would imagine now is a great time to buy postcards considering the downturn in the economy; I had to sell most of my Vintage Halloween cards on eBay and most sold for under what I paid for them, except one that fetched $200 (and I think I paid $5 for it).


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