I love finding vintage postcards, I can spend so much just looking at them to googling the address of the buildings be it motel or restaurant that might be the subject upon the front just to see if they still stand - most often than not you'll just find a ab empty grown over lot, a car park or a McDonalds.
Vintage postcards are so much more quirky then their modern, highly commercialized counterparts that we may or may not still send today. They often portray the off beat, off the road, or random local places as a form of advertising or vacation souvenir. For me, there's another reason - postcards have taught me a lot about America geographically as well as any tourist website. They are a great peek into social and local history, seeing how a place changes over time, to where people go, or at least use to go vacations and what publishers thought was worthy of sticking on a postcard in the first place.
So I thought I'd come to share some of the more quirky and amusing postcards I've come across in my pickings.
|Snow bank in North Michigan - real photograph postcard (RPPC) probably 1930's/1940's - gets a little snowy around here.|
|Pam Am's new 747 - the plane with all the room in the world. Pam Am, the world's most experienced airline|
|Princess Street in Kingson, Ontario, Canada. Postcard 1954 - loving the classic cars.|
|Oldsmobile Super "88" Holiday Coupe from Rogers Motor Inc., of New London CT - don't you just love her expression - I think I'd be as happy too.|
|The clowns at Florida's Cypress Gardens - because clowns aren't crazy enough - i'm sure this is what nightmares are made of for some.|
|1976 Annual American Bowling Congress Tournament, Oklahoma City because bowling is a big deal.|
|Bergan's Suburban Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge located along route 4 in Paramus, New Jersey. Postmarked 1955|
|Tulip Time in Pella, Iowa postmarked 1948 - the girl doesn't look all that impressed does she?!|
Do you still send postcards?