Vintage Postcards Of The 1940s
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
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 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
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
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.
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)
"PLACE ONE CENT STAMP HERE"
Public Library, New York City - Declared A National Historic Landmark in 1965.
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.
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
How Many of These Landmarks Have You Visited?
Have you every visited any of these?
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