Big Bear Lake Large Letter Linen Postcard
Produced in the linen era of postcards, circa 1935 to early 1960s, large letter linen cards have a strong following among collectors and local history buffs.
Their influence lives on in the many derivative products that abound in the form of posters, decorative wall hangings in restaurants and so on today that encapsulate the large letter style.
This example celebrating the outdoor western life to be found at Big Bear Lake, California, published by Curt Teich & Co, is typical of the stylish lettering, multiple images, and vivid colors of the genre.
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Ohio River Car Ferry between Fly Ohio & Sistersville Virginia Ferry circa 1965 postcard
Shelter Island Car Ferry Boat Greenport Long Island New York postcard
Car ferries - and before them wagon ferries - were a common sight in the development of the United States. Where the road was punctuated by a river, lake, or the sea, often the quickest and cheapest way to continue the journey was to float one's way across. Broad, flat bottomed craft, the ferries were built for load over a short and shallow journey; grace and style were left for the paddle steamers and ocean liners. Money for bridges would come later as the economy grew and eventually result in the disappearance of the car ferry.
These postcards provide a sample of car ferries still operating in the 1950s and 1960s.
The Ohio River ferry boat between Fly, Ohio and Sistersville, West Virginia, nears Fly, OH on one of its many trips across the river. The caption on the card notes that the ferry was still operating in 1965, the year of publication, despite may other ferries having given way to modern bridges.
The "Islander" approaches its slip in Greenport, Long Island, New York, completing a routine trip from Shelter Island off Long Island, loaded with cars and a truck and their passengers.
The ferry operating across Lake Champlain between Grand Isle Vermont and Plattsburg New York was operated by the Lake Champlain Transportation Co.. Built in 1953, the card's caption reports it was 138 feet long, 37 feet wide and powered by two 425 horsepower diesel engines delivering a speed of 11 knots. A fine vessel like this could carry up to 26 cars. On the day of this photo, it looks like it was a light day with six cars and a bus!
Grand Isle Car Ferry Boat Lake Champlain Burlington Vermont 1950s postcard
SS South American & SS North American at Dock, Holland Michigan, 1940s linen postcard
The steamers South American and North American at Holland Michigan circa 1940s.
The South American was built in 1914 for the Chicago, Duluth & Georgian BayTransit Co. of Detroit. It was in service for over 50 years before being sold for use as a floating dormitory, and eventually scrapped in 1992.
Built in 1913 for the same company, The North American had a history of running aground through its history, finally doing so in 1967 and sinking in 200 ft of water.
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