Snail's Postcard Post

Dear Garnet

As I mentioned in my Julian, CA post, I recently visited the Old Town area of Temecula, California. Like any respectable Old Town, it was thick with antique shops. I only had time to visit one, and didn’t even see all of it, as I became absorbed in a box of postcards. I brought back several to share with you, including  two addressed to one Garnet Eller of Ramona, CA. Both sent in May (ten years apart), they seem most appropriate for this Memorial Day weekend, the launch of summer travels.

Hoover Dam

The Lake Mead swimmer makes this postcard. I love its absurdity, its midcentury American blind optimism. 


Caption: Hoover Dam. Looking towards the outlet tunnels and huge powerhouse below the world’s highest Dam. This $125,000,000 project is one of man’s greatest engineering achievements. Height 727 feet above bedrock, crest 1,244 feet, and 650 feet thick at the base. Color photo by Union Pacific R.R.

Postmarked May 12, 1962, Boulder City, Nev.

Hi friend. So far just fine. See you next week.
Love Frances + Joe

Note that no more address was needed than “Ramona, Calif.”

Goblin Valley

These hoodoos or goblins are distinctive because of their bulbous capstones. If a cap breaks off, its tower crumbles.


Caption: Goblin Valley, Wayne County, Utah. Through centuries of wind erosion nature has left this awe-inspiring view of nature’s beauty in the Southern part of Utah. On Utah Highway 24 near Capitol Reef National Monument.


We spent last nite at the Rodeway Inn in Richfield Utah + this cafe has the largest single collection of Jim Beam bottles. We wished you were there to see them. They served a good meal too. They called it Brook + Dunn + it was a trout, a chicken breast, bacon + baked potatoe [sic.]. Headed for Kansas tomorrow. Love to all
[Gerry or Henry]

Sent from Idaho Springs, CO.

Where are you this Memorial Day Weekend? I wouldn’t recommend sending a postcard to Garnet, but you can send me one!

Allison Strauss
3370 Glendale Blvd. Box 613
Los Angeles, CA 90039

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