Snail's Postcard Post

This Just In!

I have a whole new clutch of postcards from an excursion and the mail earlier this week, and from more outings today. Couldn’t wait to share them all. 

The boudoir boutique Le Pink & Co. in Los Angeles’ Silverlake-Sunset Junction had a box of vintage postcards. I snatched up these:

The Corn Palace, Mitchell, South Dakota
The city of Mitchell was founded in 1880. In 1892, with a population of 3,000, the city built the original Corn Palace as a gathering place for an annual harvest festival. Mitchell then built a new one in 1905. When the festival outgrew that, the city built the Corn Palace here in 1921 (renovated in the 1930’s), which serves its purpose to this day. (It also serves as one of the top ten arenas in the U.S. for high school basketball.)

From Mama Snail to me, Snail:
July 1, 2012 St. Orres, Gualala, California
Heaven on earth. A Russian style lodge on the Mendocino coast, redwoods, a little logger’s cabin all our own, a tiny stove, an outdoor shower, loft bed. Not even a phone. The wedding was fantastic–Margot’s father has 10 acres in the redwoods, an old shingle mill he converted to house + gardens, a field out of Wyeth.”

Two more postcards I discovered today at Le Pink & Co. 


Mount Vernon, Washington  6:30 pm April 14, 1954, when postcard postage cost just two cents.

Dear Folks,
Well, here we are waiting for the event. Am afraid we will have to leave before it arrives. We drove up, so will have to leave at least by Sat. it is overdo [sic.], so I guess it will be a girl. I had bet on a boy. Audrey is fine + she has been glad we have been here. Time has gone faster in the waiting process. George is the [indecipherable] father, + is getting anxious for it to come. Grandpa’s birthday Fri. 16th. It may come then. Having some nice weather.
Love, Mae + Elison”
Addressed to Florence in Costa Mesa, California

Addressed to L.L., of the same P.O. Box as Florence, and dated exactly a year before the postcard above: April 14, 1953. Postcard of Kitsilano Beach & Swimming Pool, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, but sent from Richmond, California

AM ON MY WAY TO SACREMENTO [sic.] TO LOOK INTO BUILDING RESTRICTIONS AM THINKING OF BUILDING + SELLING WHAT THEY CALL DIXIE DOG STANDS, A DIPPED DOG H.B., ICE CREAM SOFT DRINKS R.B. COAK [sic.] COFFEE THEY ARE GOING OVER REAL WELL IN ORE. ALSO IN TEXAS WHY NOT CAL.
LOVE TO ALL     DAD” 

Found this splendid card today at Berda Paradise Thrift Store on Sunset Boulevard in the Silverlake neighborhood of Los Angeles.

San Francisco, California, Wednesday July 13, (appears to be) 1961. Postcard stamps now cost three cents.
Dear Mildred,

 Came over this bridge yesterday and enjoying the sights today. No doubt you are busy as a bee getting ready for that Mexican trip. We’ll have to compare notes later in the summer. Cold here. Have a grand time! Love Vera”
 Addressed to Mildred in Toledo, Ohio

Lake Arrowhead, California. Came upon this at Y-Que Trading Post on Vermont Ave. in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, as well as this: 
Firefall, Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park, California
In 1872, to delight their guests and other park visitors, the owners of the Glacier Point Hotel poured embers down the approximately 3,000-foot Glacier Point, creating the illusion of a waterfall of fire. It became a summertime tradition upheld by the following generations of Glacier Point Hotel owners. In fact, all summer, they put on the show every night at 9:00 to conclude Camp Curry’s campfire gatherings. 
This postcard must be from 1967 or earlier, because in 1968, the National Forest Service ordered the end of the Firefall. The non-natural event was attracting too many visitors for the ecological health of Glacier Point and the Park’s dedication to appreciation of the natural world. As if the hotel itself knew the show was over, it burned down a year later and was never rebuilt.

One more from Le Pink & Co.

And one more from Y-Que Trading Post:

Advertisement for Lambretta Italian motor scooters (bought out in 1972).
“Lambretta invites you for a free test ride! See and judge for yourself the elegance of styling–the ease of handling–the perfect balance of this marvel of modern engineering.”
Ad reproduced by a San Francisco postcard company in 1986.

Again at Berda Paradise Thrift Store, I found this fabulous postcard advertising  the sci-fi Nova Express Cafe. Established in 1993 on Fairfax Ave. in Hollywood, this   caloric intake station boasting “cosmic pizza” closed its mind-controlled doors in 2008. http://www.novaexpresscafe.com/

The trippiest of today’s postcard finds, this is an advertisement for believers in the artistic potential of video games. Up for grabs at Vacation specialty record store in Silverlake-Sunset Junction, where I also picked up this–final–front-and-back postcard:
 

  

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