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Travel Across the USA with These 25 Vintage Postcards

Travel Across the USA with These 25 Vintage Postcards
Travel Across the USA with These 25 Vintage Postcards
Vintage Postcard Roundup
Courtesy of Pat Tompkins
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    Travel Across the USA with These 25 Vintage Postcards
    Travel Across the USA with These 25 Vintage Postcards
    The picture postcard may be an endangered species, but in the years before color film and personal cameras were common, they were the best way for travelers to share the scenery with friends back home. Take a trip across the United States the way they did back then: with these 25 cards, all sent to and saved by my mother, which date from the 1930s and ’40s.
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    1. New York, NY
    1. New York, NY
    New York’s Pennsylvania Railroad Station was “one of the finest terminals in the world,” as the card says, before it was demolished in the 1960s.
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    2. New York, NY
    2. New York, NY
    Even back in the 1940s, Trinity Church was an iconic view along Wall Street.
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    3. New York, NY
    3. New York, NY
    The Chrysler Building was designed by William Van Alen and was completed in 1930.
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    4. New York, NY
    4. New York, NY
    Manhattan's skyline looks so picturesque from Governor’s Island.
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    5. West Point, NY
    5. West Point, NY
    This 1938 postcard of the military academy, West Point, only cost a penny to mail.
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    6. Niagara falls, NY
    6. Niagara falls, NY
    Was the view of the famous Niagara Falls from Queen Victoria Park always this tourist-free back in the 1930s?
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    7. Atlantic City, NJ
    7. Atlantic City, NJ
    Atlantic City, New Jersey, was considered “the premier World’s Health and Pleasure Resort” according to the back of this card.
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    8. Washington, DC
    8. Washington, DC
    Washington, DC’s iconic Lincoln Memorial features one column for each of the 36 states in the union at the time of Lincoln’s death.
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    9. Cincinnati, OH
    9. Cincinnati, OH
    The art deco Union Terminal in Cincinnati’s was designed to handle more than 200 trains a day.
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    10. Augusta, GA
    10. Augusta, GA
    Most U.S. cities and towns had their own “Greetings from” postcard. While a few different companies manufactured picture postcards in this style, one company, the Teich Company, really made the concept a classic. From 1933 to 1956, it created around 1,000 different designs from cities across the country.
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    11. Miami, FL
    11. Miami, FL
    Palms shade people strolling along Bayfront Park in Miami, Florida.
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    12. Jacksonville, FL
    12. Jacksonville, FL
    The wide beaches of Jacksonville were actually promoted as a scenic stretch on which to drive your car.
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    13. New Orleans, LA
    13. New Orleans, LA
    Fancy a ferry ride on the Mississippi River outside of New Orleans?
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    14. Baton Rouge, LA
    14. Baton Rouge, LA
    The Louisiana State Capitol in Baton Rouge was the tallest building in the South when finished in 1932 and remains the tallest state capitol today.
    Courtesy of Pat Tompkins
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    15. Arkansas
    15. Arkansas
    According to the sender of this card from Hot Springs National Park in July 1943, “It's hotter than you know what!”
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    16. Lookout Mountain, TN
    16. Lookout Mountain, TN
    This Tennessee cable car is a different style of Chattanooga Choo Choo!
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    17. St. Louis, MO
    17. St. Louis, MO
    The redbrick water tower in St. Louis’ Compton Hill Reservoir Park isn’t actually this bright.
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    18. Cedar Rapids, IA
    18. Cedar Rapids, IA
    The two Rs in “Cedar Rapids” on this postcard show the city’s Hotel Roosevelt (now an apartment building) and the Quaker Oats factory.
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    19. Chicago, IL
    19. Chicago, IL
    Chicago’s Palmer House, back then known as “one of America’s best hotels,” featured 2,268 guest rooms.
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    20. Houston, TX
    20. Houston, TX
    A dirigible gets a bird’s-eye view of Houston.
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    21. San Antonio, TX
    21. San Antonio, TX
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    22. Acoma, New Mexico
    22. Acoma, New Mexico
    The pueblo of Acoma sits atop a mesa hundreds of feet above a valley in New Mexico.
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    23. Hollywood, CA
    23. Hollywood, CA
    You can see the famous Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on the left side of Hollywood Boulevard in this postcard.
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    24. San Francisco, CA
    24. San Francisco, CA
    The back of this card says Chinatown’s “small stores and great bazaars welcome you with greatest courtesy,” in San Francisco.
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    25. Honolulu, HI
    25. Honolulu, HI
    This Moana Hotel card, sent from Honolulu by a U.S. airman at Pearl Harbor in late December 1941, is stamped “released by I.C.B.”: the Information Control Branch, which censored mail during WWII.
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