Thursday, June 25, 2015

Smit's Service Station in South Dakota

Smit's Service Station - South Dakota O'Neill Co. Vintage Postcard

Smit's Service Station - South Dakota O'Neill Co. Vintage Postcard

"Fill Up Your Tank And Your Tummy Too At Smit's Service." That's what the sign says on the roof of the white building in this photo postcard published by O'Neill Photo Co.

I really love this postcard. My grandparents, Debs and Willis Webster, and their family must have purchased this photo postcard during their cross-country trip in the summer of 1952.

In July of 1952, they immigrated to the United States from Brazil, traveling on the ocean liner SS Brazil. Sometime after their arrival in New York, the Webster family bought a car and some camping equipment and traveled across the United States toward their final destination in Southern California.

My mom remembers that during this trip they traveled through Badlands National Park and visited Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota.

It was difficult to figure out where the photo in this postcard was taken. The closest location I can come up with is Geddes, South Dakota. The writing at the bottom of the postcard looks like it says "Gedds, So. Dak." or "Geods, So. Dak." but those places don't exist. But, there is a Geddes, South Dakota.


The red pin on this Google Map is where Geddes, South Dakota is located. It's east of the Missouri River. The red arrow is pointing to Badlands National Park. And the blue arrow is pointing to the approximate location of Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

The postcard also has the words "Wheeler Bridle" or "Wheeler Bridge" written on it. Interestingly, there is a North Wheeler Recreation Area located at 2908 N. Wheeler Road in Geddes, South Dakota.

I searched for 2908 N. Wheeler Road in Geddes, South Dakota in Google Maps and this is what I found. The red pin is where this address is located, near North Wheeler Recreation Area.


I'm so glad my grandparents purchased and then saved so many postcards from their travels.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Panorama del Puente, Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico

Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico Vintage Postcard

Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico Vintage Postcard

In 1955 my maternal grandparents traveled to Mexico to visit family. They went to Mexico City and to Chiapas. They must have bought this postcard while they were there. This postcard shows a bridge somewhere in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico.

I thought it would be interesting to zoom in on different areas of the postcard to get a better view.



Check out that classic car on the bridge!



Here's a close-up of the sign on the bridge. I believe it reads as follows, although I'm not sure about the year number on the far right.

1913  Puente 1934?
Dr. Belisario Dominguez



It looks like the bridge was named for Dr. Belisario Dominguez, who according to Wikipedia, was a physician and politician in Mexico. He was born in Chiapas. To read more about him, click HERE.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Vale Do Anhangabau,Sao Paulo, Brazil





This is a postcard from Brazil that was apparently sent to my grandparents during the Christmas season many years ago. Unfortunately, there's no date on the postcard, so I don't know when it was sent or how old the postcard is. But, it's a beautiful postcard with vibrant colors.

My grandparents, Debs and Willis Webster, and their family immigrated to the United States from Brazil in the summer of 1952. They traveled to New York on the ocean liner S.S. Brazil. They purchased a car and some camping equipment and traveled across the United States toward their final destination in California. They took photos and collected postcards along the way. If you'd like to read about their trip, click HERE.

They still had some family left in Brazil, including the person who sent this postcard.

He wrote:
Debs and family
Merry Christmas and
Happy New Year
"Right"?
Nene

The postcard shows the Vale Do Anhangabau in Sao Paulo, Brazil. I did a search online to see what I could find about the Vale Do Anhangabau. According to an article on Wikipedia, it is a park or public space. I also found this photo on Wikimedia Commons. It's amazing because it looks like the same overpass and the building with the decorative ledge are shown in the postcard too.

Photo by Dornicke - Wikimedia Commons

The description for this photo on the Wikimedia Commons website says the following: "Edifício Matarazzo, sede da Prefeitura de São Paulo, visto do Vale do Anhangabaú. São Paulo, Brasil." Google Translate provided me with the following translation: "Matarazzo building, headquarters of the Municipality of São Paulo, as Anhangabaú Valley. Sao Paulo, Brazil."

I did a further search online for the Matarazzo Building and found another article on Wikipedia about this building. According to the article the Matarazzo Building is the City Hall building for Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Thanks for stopping by!

And Merry Christmas!


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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Union Station at Night ~ Los Angeles, California

Union Station at Night, Los Angeles, California Pg. 1

Union Station at Night, Los Angeles, California Pg. 2

This is a 1941 Curt Teich "C.T. Art-Colortone" linen vintage postcard. It was published by the Western Publishing & Novelty Co., Los Angeles, California.

The postcard shows Union Station in Los Angeles, California. Union Station opened in May of 1939 and is still in use today. In fact, according to an article on Wikipedia, Union Station is "…the largest railroad passenger terminal in the Western United States." Union Station is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

I found this awesome photo of Union Station on the Wikimedia Commons website. Union Station is the red-roofed building in the foreground of the photo.


Union Station - Wikimedia Commons
Photo by Basil D. Soufi

At the bottom left side of the front of the postcard are the words: "Terminal Annex Post Office in Background." It looks like this refers to the white or cream building just to the left of Union Station.

I did an online search for the Terminal Annex Post Office and found an article on Wikipedia. The article stated that the building was completed in 1940. It also said that it was listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

This is a picture of the Terminal Annex Post Office building.


Terminal Annex Post Office Building - Wikimedia Commons
Photo by Los Angeles

The typed description from the back of the postcard says:
Typical of California, beautiful and spacious, the Los Angeles Union Station is one of the most attractive in the country. Built at a cost of $11,000,000, in a setting of unusual beauty, it typifies to visitors, the charm and hospitality of Los Angeles and Southern California.
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

"The Golden West" The California Coast

The Golden West, The California Coast Pg. 1

The Golden West, The California Coast Pg. 2

Isn't this a beautiful postcard? It depicts a gorgeous sunset somewhere along the Southern California coast. This vintage linen postcard was manufactured by Longshaw Card Co., Los Angeles, California.

When my grandparents and their family emigrated from Brazil to the United States in 1952, they settled in sunny Southern California. I wonder if they bought this postcard not too long after they arrived.

Typed description from back of postcard:
Nowhere in the world will more spectacular sunsets be seen than on the southern coast of California. The vivid hues and the changing colors make the "Golden West" truly named.
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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Copacabana – Rio's Most Beautiful and Frequented Beach

Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janiero, Brazil Postcard pg. 1

Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janiero, Brazil Postcard pg. 2

My grandparents have several Varig Airlines vintage postcards in their collection. I shared three of them in previous posts . You can see them by clicking HERE, HERE, and HERE.

The Varig Airlines postcard I'm sharing with you today shows Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Typed Postcard Description:
COPACABANA is not only Rio's most beautiful and most frequented beach, but also a great tourist and shopping center with modern hotels and a bustling night life.
I was able to find this beautiful photo of Copacabana Beach on the Wikimedia Commons website.


Copacabana Beach 2010 - Photo by chensiyuan - Wikimedia Commons

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Villa Riviera and Pacific Coast Club ~ Long Beach, California

Villa Riviera and Pacific Coast Club, Long Beach, California Pg. 1

Villa Riviera and Pacific Coast Club, Long Beach, California Pg. 2

This is a 1941 Curt Teich "C.T. Art-Colortone" vintage postcard from my grandparents' collection. It was published by the Western Publishing & Novelty Co., Los Angeles, California.

The postcard shows the Villa Riviera and Pacific Coast Club in Long Beach, California. I did a little research online and found that the Villa Riviera (the tall building in the postcard) officially opened in 1929 as a hotel. Today it houses condominiums. The building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. You can read more about the Villa Riviera building, including the building's history by clicking HERE and HERE.

This is a picture of the Villa Riviera building found on the Wikimedia Commons website. The photo was taken in 2009.


Villa Riviera Building
Wikimedia Commons
Author: Los Angeles

From what I read online, the Pacific Coast Club pictured on this vintage postcard is no longer standing. It was demolished in 1988.

Typed description from back of postcard:
Long Beach is justly proud of one of the finest and most popular bathing beaches on the California Coast. Many fine hotels, apartment houses, beach clubs, and homes, front on this delightful shore, in full view to the resort activities.
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