The Historic America Collection
"The Way It Was"
Featuring Images of America's Past
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Early 1900's Postcard - Lynn Avenue, Lakeside, Ohio (Published by C. S. Gould, Lakeside, Ohio. Made in Germany. #E 39)
150 Room Downingtown Motor Inn, U.S. Route 30, Pennsylvania "100 Acre Setting on US Route 30 in Suburban Philadelphia ... Famous 1896 House Restaurant & Lounge ... Posturepedic Bedding" As Printed by the Sender: "God Bless the Turnpike"; A golf course was built on this site in 1966. As best I can determine, the motor inn is no longer in operation today. The telephone number listed on the back now rings to the Downingtown Country Club. I phoned and the kind staff person that answered indicated that some of the structure still stands today (modified or remodeled). Here's their link: http://www.golfdowningtown.com/2000/(0)main.html
Eagle Bluff, Fountain Cliff, Wisconsin (Real Photo PC)
1902 - Oceanic Hotel and Cottages, Star Island, Isles of Shoals, NH. A beautiful color postcard with an undivided back. Copyright 1902, by Detroit Photographic Co.; #6027
Early 1900's - The Willows at Burlington Beach, Valparaiso, Indiana. A relaxing image from long ago captures some folks in a canoe (I think) at Burlington Beach. Elmer E. Starr, Publisher, Valparaiso, Ind. Made in Germany. #58510
Avenue C, Miami, Florida (Undivided Back Postcard) - I have never been to Miami and I have no idea where "Avenue C" is, but based on this image, I would say it would have been a nice place to visit! I see a bicycle, lady walking, an old car or buggy in the distance, some homes, maybe a hotel and some tents. Copyright 1904 by Detroit Photographic Co. #8148
Palm Springs, California - 2 linen postcards feature: Smoke Trees and Verbanas, Mt. San Gorgonio in the Distance (a natural color reproduction from Kodachrome); "Many odd and beautiful combinations of desert flora occur near Palm Springs". Copyright Stephen Willard. #1B-H1531. Road Through The Desert, Near Palm Springs. "To follow the mysterious windings of a desert road has a fascination for all. Where will it lead us?" Copyright Willard. #1A-H45
1912 - "The Island", Lake Bomoseen, Proctor, Vermont. A beautiful panoramic image captures the lake and homes of Proctor, Vermont. The postcard was hand-dated May 11, 1912. Published by The Leighton & Valentine Co., NY City; #212127
Last Updated, September 2006