Landmark Postcards Of The 1940s
Landmarks Then And Now
I was researching some vintage postcards and I discovered many of the buildings and landmarks shown on the postcards, no longer exist.
It would be a shame not to record and share these vintage postcards with everyone, so they may see what was. A glimpse into history and historical architecture in the United States.
I like to look at the little details on the postcards, such as the period automobiles; the clothing the people were wearing.
As I add more to my collection of landmark postcards, I will add to this article. Be sure and check back as I acquire more information. If you know more, please comment.
Since writing this article, I have added an additional one Vintage Postcards of the 1940s " which has images of landmarks that still exist today.
Church Of The Redeemer
The first historic building I researched was the Church of The Redeemer in Biloxi, Mississippi. The information on the back of the postcard indicates that Jefferson Davis was a vestryman here. It is postmarked 1949.
After a little internet research, I found that this church which once stood on Biloxi's East Beach Boulevard, built in 1891, was leveled by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Prior to that it was tremendously damaged by hurricane Camille in 1969.
If you would like to learn more about the Church of The Redeemer history and rebuilding
The postcard of Church of the Redeemer was published by Barber & Thatcher, Gulfport, Miss.
Is the study and collection of postcards.
Marble Hall Hotel, Mt. Carmel, PA - Postcard Picture From 1945
I have not yet been able to find the date the Marble Hall Hotel was built. I did find an article indicating the local Rotary met there in 1920, so we know it's at least that old.
The Marble Hall Hotel stood at the corner of Third and Oak Street in Mt. Carmel, PA until 1993 when it burned.
In the next YouTube Module you may watch a video of the actual fire.
(The above was published by R. Ramsay Mebane, Wilkes-Barre, PA)
Video Of The Marble Hall Fire - Watch The Fight To Save This Landmark
These are videos of the fire that destroyed the Marble Hall Hotel. Also, the day after.
I would love to hear from you, particularly if you know when the Marble Hall Hotel was build and/or what is standing there today.
Chinatown, New York - Postmarked 1944 - The Corner Of Mott And Pell Streets
Published by Manhattan Post Card Publishing Co., Inc. N.Y.C.
Although the buildings are still there, the look and feel of the area has changed tremendously.
The post card is a lot more colorful and exotic than the present modernized stores. On the postcard, you see people dressed in native costumes from China and some of the men have their hair in a queue.
Check out Pell Street Today
Take a walking tour from Mott & Bayard Street to Mott and Pell Street
Nelson House Hotel Postcard - Poughkeepsie, New York
Published by The Ruben Publishing, Co., Newburgh, N.Y.
This is a linen finish postcard from the 1940s of the Nelson House in Poughkeepsie. The hotel opened in 1870 at 28 Market Street.
Prior to Nelson House being built, this same plot was home to two predecessor hotels. The first was built in 1775.
1777-1807 Stephen Hendrickson's Inn; 1807-1876, The Forbus House; Since 1876, The Nelson House.
The hotels on this site hosted the Marquis de Lafayette, Henry Ford and members of Franklin Roosevelt's staff. Franklin Roosevelt's Hyde Park residence is nearby.
The hotel closed in 1969 and was used as administrative offices for Duchess County. In 1986, the building was emptied and abandoned.
SEE THE 1895 DINNER MENU FROM THE NELSON HOUSE Use the enlarge feature to make the menu readable.
Tamarack Playtorium, Greenfield Park, NY - Postcard Dated 1948
Published by Colourpicture Publications, Boston, MA
This postcard has writing on the back and is postmarked 1948. "I already went rowing with my brothers today. It is a big and beautiful place. We have a lovely cabin."
Printed on the back is the blurb about the hotel: "Two-story Playtorium; Elaborate Stage; Outdoor Dance Pavilion; Magnificent Productions Throughout the Season. "Home of Many Happy Hours."
The Tamarack Playtorium Today - Sad........
See photos 64 through 75 on this slide show. This is the Tamarack Playtorium today
- Paranormal Police
Legends about the ghosts at Tamarack Playtorium
- Information about the fraud case associated with this
Interesting fraud case against Ronald A. Roberts, who tried to convince the State of New York he was a descendant of a Mohegan Chief. He purchased the Tamarack and tried to convince New York State to let him open a casino.
George Washington Bridge With Only One Layer - 1940s View - Today - It's Still Exists, But With Two Layers.
Photo of postcard of George Washington Bridge taken by LiteraryMind.
Beautiful night view of the George Washington bridge when it was only a single layer bridge. Dark waters of the Hudson River churn underneath as the bridge sparkles in the moonlight.
The George Washington bridge opened in 1931. The second layer was added in 1961. The postcard is from the 1940s.
This card was published by Acacia Card Company, 285 Broadway, New York, NY
The postcard below of the New York Hotels was published by Alfred Mainzer. Alfred Mainzer is most famous for his postcards of dressed cats and kittens. These cat people are always engaged in people-type everyday tasks.
For examples of flower and dressed cats postscards see my article on Vintage Alfred Mainzer Flower Postcards
The Savoy Plaza Postcard - New York City
Published by Alfred Mainzer, 112 East 28th Street, New York, NY
Oh so beautiful architecture. The Savoy Plaza is the Building in the middle with the grey-blue roof. It was built in the Beaux Arts style in 1927 and stood on Fifth Avenue, between East 58th and East 59th street.
It was demolished in 1964 and the General Motors building was built in its place --opening in 1968.
To the left of the Savoy Plaza (the tall building) is the Sherry Netherland, which still stands today.
Which building do you think makes a more pleasing skyline?
Great Salt Lake Cut-Off at Sunset, Great Salt Lake Utah -1945
Published by Deseret Book Company and is a Curteich Colortone postcard.
This one is a super interesting. It comes with a bag of salt from the Great Salt Lake attached. Due to the salt attached, this postcard cost 3 cents to mail in 1935 when the postage rate for a regular postcard was one cent.
The back of the reads:
"Fifteen miles west of Ogden, Utah, you actually "go to sea by rail" over the famous cut-off across Great Salt Lake. Affording a unique view of this great inland area.
The cut-off extends west 102.9 miles across the northern arms of Great Salt Lake to Lucin. It was opened March 8, 1904 having cost $4,500,000 and two years of effort.
Seventy-two miles of the way the rails are laid on land and for thirty miles on rock fills and heavy trestle work.
The Great Salt Lake is more salty than any other body of water except the Dead Sea of Palestine."
The trestle was eventually replaced in the late 1950s with a parallel causeway made of concrete and stone.
With the causeway's completion, the main body of the lake was partitioned into two bodies of water, the north arm and the south arm. The causeway immediately reduced the mixing of brine between the north and south arms, changes were observed.
As all three of the major tributaries (the Bear, Weber, and Jordan Rivers) flow into the south arm, its brine became less saline than the north arm brine. The brine in the south arm became density stratified shortly after the causeway was completed, a condition in which a brine of greater density lies on the bottom of the lake, and is overlain by an upper layer of less dense brine. There are serious concerns about how this will affect marine life.
Check out the photo gallery of pictures below showing the observable difference in color of both sides of the lake.
This card was published by Deseret Book Company and is a Curteich Colortone postcard.
The Great Salt Lake Causeway Today - And it's environmental threat
Municipal Auditorium And Bandstand, Overlooking Sea Lagoon, Long Beach, Calif 1940s - Demolished 1975
The back of the postcard reads: "The Municipal Auditorium mirrors its majestic splendor in the quiet waters of Rainbow Lagoon. Sheltered from the ocean by the 3800 foot semicircular Rainbow Pier, this great structure, in a charming park-like setting is one of Southern California's most popular show places. Basketball games, wrestling and boxing bouts, and tennis matches are weekly athletic events."
Elvis Presley and Judy Garland performed here.
The auditorium was built in 1932. The rainbow pier was named for it's shape rather than for color. In 1962, this area was filled in and the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center was built. It was attached to the auditorium. The auditorium was torn down in 1975.
This postcard was published by Drown New Agency, Long Beach, Calif.
Photo of postcard of Municipal Auditorium and Bandstand taken by LiteraryMind
Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center As It Appears Today - Built in 1962 it was originally attached to the Municipal AuditoriumClick thumbnail to view full-size
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