The UW Milwaukee Libraries house the Bliffert postcard collection of vintage Milwaukee postcards. The collection contains some 755 cards and if you want to experience a slice of Milwaukee life in the early 20th century spend some time browsing the collection here.
Here's just a sampling of what's available for your enjoyment.
... and off to Canada. Where else do you expect to see the Mounties & their horse patrol?
Watch the harvest threshing taking place on the open plains below, then put your feet up and rest awhile.
Time for some shopping along Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs California? Then a little dining in the evening to cap off an enjoyable day?
Then back to the El Dorado Hotel for some rest and out on the Presidential jet first thing in the morning. Where will postcards take us next?
Denver Northwestern and Pacific Railroad locomotive near Phantom Bridge on the Moffat Road in the Colorado Rockies circa 1910. Ah, the age of steam locomotives. Please click on the picture to see the complete listing.
Gov. Stanford is a 4-4-0 steam locomotive originally built in 1862 by Norris Locomotive Works. It entered service on November 9, 1863 and was used in the construction of the First Transcontinental Railroad in North American by the Central Pacific Railroad bearing road number 1. It was Central Pacific's first locomotive and it is named in honor of the road's first president and ex-California governor, Leland Stanford.
After its railroad service was completed, the locomotive was disassembled & stored, eventually being restored and housed in the California Railroad Museum in Sacramento where it can be viewed today. It is the centerpiece of the museum's exhibits.
Main Street Washington Indiana 1950s postcard
A street scene in Washington Indiana circa 1950s or early 1960s. Located in southwest Indiana, Washington was established as a railroad town in 1857. By 1889 it had become a major depot and repair yard for the Ohio and Mississippi Railroad, eventually becoming part of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in 1893. At its peak the railroad employed over a thousand workers. In 2010, Washington
's population stood at 11,500.
This card came in the door and went out the door soooooo fast. One can understand why the local collector would want this in their collection. Lake Chautauqua has been a popular destination for more than a century, the location for the famous Chautauqua conventions or meetings as well as steamer excursions on the lake.
Another view of a trailer park in Florida, the Sunshine state. Linen era postcard
G136 stock number in the trailer park postcard series from the Hartman Postcard Co. The astute observer will notice that this card is a symmetrical or mirror image copy of postcard #136 - see several posts below - with the exception of the blue camper in the foreground which has been airbrushed out of #136. The same view could be used by a publisher many times over through the years, sometimes with the use of different coloring instead of black & white, different borders, and then simple manipulation as in this case.
A trailer park or camp in Florida. Linen era postcard
Camp life at a trailer park in Florida. Linen era postcard
It looks like a very settled life in this trailer park in Florida of the 1940s or 50s - the trailers have their own flower beds.
The Postcard Depot - the home of vintage postcards online.