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Landmark Postcards Of The 1940s

I love the look and feel of vintage and antique items. My collections contain quite a few beautiful items that I enjoy sharing.

Chinatown, New York

Chinatown, New York

Landmarks Then And Now

I was researching some vintage postcards and I discovered many of the buildings and landmarks shown on the postcards, no longer exist.

It would be a shame not to record and share these vintage postcards with everyone, so they may see what was. A glimpse into history and historical architecture in the United States.

I like to look at the little details on the postcards, such as the period automobiles; the clothing the people were wearing.

As I add more to my collection of landmark postcards, I will add to this article. Be sure and check back as I acquire more information. If you know more, please comment.

Since writing this article, I have added an additional one Vintage Postcards of the 1940s " which has images of landmarks that still exist today.

Church of the Redeemer Linen  Postcard

Church of the Redeemer Linen Postcard

Church Of The Redeemer

Biloxi, Mississippi

The first historic building I researched was the Church of The Redeemer in Biloxi, Mississippi. The information on the back of the postcard indicates that Jefferson Davis was a vestryman here. It is postmarked 1949.

After a little internet research, I found that this church which once stood on Biloxi's East Beach Boulevard, built in 1891, was leveled by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Prior to that it was tremendously damaged by hurricane Camille in 1969.

If you would like to learn more about the Church of The Redeemer history and rebuilding

The Church of the Redeemer Today

The postcard of Church of the Redeemer was published by Barber & Thatcher, Gulfport, Miss.


Is the study and collection of postcards.

Marble Hall Hotel, Mt. Carmel, PA - Postcard Picture From 1945

Marble Hall Hotel, Mt. Carmel, PA

Marble Hall Hotel, Mt. Carmel, PA

I have not yet been able to find the date the Marble Hall Hotel was built. I did find an article indicating the local Rotary met there in 1920, so we know it's at least that old.

The Marble Hall Hotel stood at the corner of Third and Oak Street in Mt. Carmel, PA until 1993 when it burned.

In the next YouTube Module you may watch a video of the actual fire.

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(The above was published by R. Ramsay Mebane, Wilkes-Barre, PA)

Video Of The Marble Hall Fire - Watch The Fight To Save This Landmark

These are videos of the fire that destroyed the Marble Hall Hotel. Also, the day after.

I would love to hear from you, particularly if you know when the Marble Hall Hotel was build and/or what is standing there today.

Chinatown, New York - Postmarked 1944 - The Corner Of Mott And Pell Streets

Chinatown, NY -Linen Finish Postcard

Chinatown, NY -Linen Finish Postcard

Published by Manhattan Post Card Publishing Co., Inc. N.Y.C.

Although the buildings are still there, the look and feel of the area has changed tremendously.

The post card is a lot more colorful and exotic than the present modernized stores. On the postcard, you see people dressed in native costumes from China and some of the men have their hair in a queue.

Check out Pell Street Today

Take a walking tour from Mott & Bayard Street to Mott and Pell Street

Nelson House Hotel Postcard - Poughkeepsie, New York

Nelson House Linen Postcard

Nelson House Linen Postcard

Published by The Ruben Publishing, Co., Newburgh, N.Y.

This is a linen finish postcard from the 1940s of the Nelson House in Poughkeepsie. The hotel opened in 1870 at 28 Market Street.

Prior to Nelson House being built, this same plot was home to two predecessor hotels. The first was built in 1775.

1777-1807 Stephen Hendrickson's Inn; 1807-1876, The Forbus House; Since 1876, The Nelson House.

The hotels on this site hosted the Marquis de Lafayette, Henry Ford and members of Franklin Roosevelt's staff. Franklin Roosevelt's Hyde Park residence is nearby.

The hotel closed in 1969 and was used as administrative offices for Duchess County. In 1986, the building was emptied and abandoned.


SEE THE 1895 DINNER MENU FROM THE NELSON HOUSE Use the enlarge feature to make the menu readable.

Tamarack Playtorium, Greenfield Park, NY - Postcard Dated 1948



Published by Colourpicture Publications, Boston, MA

This postcard has writing on the back and is postmarked 1948. "I already went rowing with my brothers today. It is a big and beautiful place. We have a lovely cabin."

Printed on the back is the blurb about the hotel: "Two-story Playtorium; Elaborate Stage; Outdoor Dance Pavilion; Magnificent Productions Throughout the Season. "Home of Many Happy Hours."

The Tamarack Playtorium Today - Sad........

See photos 64 through 75 on this slide show. This is the Tamarack Playtorium today

George Washington Bridge With Only One Layer - 1940s View - Today - It's Still Exists, But With Two Layers.

George Washington Bridge

George Washington Bridge

Photo of postcard of George Washington Bridge taken by LiteraryMind.

Beautiful night view of the George Washington bridge when it was only a single layer bridge. Dark waters of the Hudson River churn underneath as the bridge sparkles in the moonlight.

The George Washington bridge opened in 1931. The second layer was added in 1961. The postcard is from the 1940s.

George Washington Bridge Today

This card was published by Acacia Card Company, 285 Broadway, New York, NY

The Savoy Plaza Postcard - New York City

savoy plaza-gm-building

savoy plaza-gm-building

Published by Alfred Mainzer, 112 East 28th Street, New York, NY

Oh so beautiful architecture. The Savoy Plaza is the Building in the middle with the grey-blue roof. It was built in the Beaux Arts style in 1927 and stood on Fifth Avenue, between East 58th and East 59th street.

It was demolished in 1964 and the General Motors building was built in its place --opening in 1968.

To the left of the Savoy Plaza (the tall building) is the Sherry Netherland, which still stands today.

Great Salt Lake Cut-Off at Sunset, Great Salt Lake Utah -1945

Great-Salt-Lake-Cutoff at Sunset

Great-Salt-Lake-Cutoff at Sunset

Published by Deseret Book Company and is a Curteich Colortone postcard.

This one is a super interesting. It comes with a bag of salt from the Great Salt Lake attached. Due to the salt attached, this postcard cost 3 cents to mail in 1935 when the postage rate for a regular postcard was one cent.

The back of the reads:

"Fifteen miles west of Ogden, Utah, you actually "go to sea by rail" over the famous cut-off across Great Salt Lake. Affording a unique view of this great inland area.

The cut-off extends west 102.9 miles across the northern arms of Great Salt Lake to Lucin. It was opened March 8, 1904 having cost $4,500,000 and two years of effort.

Seventy-two miles of the way the rails are laid on land and for thirty miles on rock fills and heavy trestle work.

The Great Salt Lake is more salty than any other body of water except the Dead Sea of Palestine."

The trestle was eventually replaced in the late 1950s with a parallel causeway made of concrete and stone.

With the causeway's completion, the main body of the lake was partitioned into two bodies of water, the north arm and the south arm. The causeway immediately reduced the mixing of brine between the north and south arms, changes were observed.

As all three of the major tributaries (the Bear, Weber, and Jordan Rivers) flow into the south arm, its brine became less saline than the north arm brine. The brine in the south arm became density stratified shortly after the causeway was completed, a condition in which a brine of greater density lies on the bottom of the lake, and is overlain by an upper layer of less dense brine. There are serious concerns about how this will affect marine life.

Check out the photo gallery of pictures below showing the observable difference in color of both sides of the lake.

This card was published by Deseret Book Company and is a Curteich Colortone postcard.

The Great Salt Lake Causeway Today - And it's environmental threat

An aerial view showing the diffence in color of the lake on either side of the causeway.   The pinkish color is caused by an algae.

An aerial view showing the diffence in color of the lake on either side of the causeway. The pinkish color is caused by an algae.

Municipal Auditorium And Bandstand, Overlooking Sea Lagoon, Long Beach, Calif 1940s - Demolished 1975



The back of the postcard reads: "The Municipal Auditorium mirrors its majestic splendor in the quiet waters of Rainbow Lagoon. Sheltered from the ocean by the 3800 foot semicircular Rainbow Pier, this great structure, in a charming park-like setting is one of Southern California's most popular show places. Basketball games, wrestling and boxing bouts, and tennis matches are weekly athletic events."

Elvis Presley and Judy Garland performed here.

The auditorium was built in 1932. The rainbow pier was named for it's shape rather than for color. In 1962, this area was filled in and the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center was built. It was attached to the auditorium. The auditorium was torn down in 1975.

This postcard was published by Drown New Agency, Long Beach, Calif.

Photo of postcard of Municipal Auditorium and Bandstand taken by LiteraryMind

© 2011 Ellen Gregory

As Always, I Love to Hear From You - Hope You Enjoyed this site!

Robert Sacchi on September 23, 2018:

These postcard from the '40s are lovely. Thanks for posting them and the back stories.

Charito Maranan-Montecillo from Manila, Philippines on February 25, 2014:

Nice landmarks! Hope to visit them someday.

bluebatik on November 27, 2012:

I love history ... and history in pictures is priceless!

Linda Jo Martin from Post Falls, Idaho, USA on October 10, 2012:

That's a lot of history! You have some great postcards! I have a postcard collection ... all collected back in the 1970s through 1990s. I've been wondering what to do with them! I might offer them for sale on a lens... well, thanks for the inspiration and ideas. You've shown us some remarkable and historic sites.

gypsyman27 lm on September 28, 2012:

Very nice collection of post cards, well done. See you around the galaxy.,,

Rosaquid on September 12, 2012:

Thank you for bringing us these wonderful works of art!

the_genteel_reader on August 26, 2012:

Such a lovely lens! It captures a romantic past very well. Sad to see that so many of these beautiful places are gone.

WriterJanis2 on August 05, 2012:

Awesome postcards. Blessed!

Zebedee32 on June 14, 2012:

Lovely postcards :)

Paul from Liverpool, England on June 07, 2012:

Excellent lens. The GM Building makes me cringe - my hometown has recently squeezed brutal modern buildings into spaces where once you could view fine old buildings.

Ellen Gregory (author) from Connecticut, USA on March 25, 2012:

@AlleyCatLane: I think some others have already stolen it, so go right ahead. I would appreciate it if you used different ones that I used in both my Landmark postcard lenses---probably likely anyway.

AlleyCatLane on March 25, 2012:

What a great idea for a lens! I may have to steal it! I just went through my Dad's old things and found about a dozen packets of postcards from the 1940s from New York, Washington, DC, Hawaii, Panama and San Francisco, as well as Navy ships and planes.

AlleyCatLane on March 25, 2012:

What a great idea for a lens! I may have to steal it! I just went through my Dad's old things and found about a dozen packets of postcards from the 1940s from New York, Washington, DC, Hawaii, Panama and San Francisco, as well as Navy ships and planes.

Deadicated LM on March 18, 2012:

Great Lens and subject matter; I use to collect Vintage Halloween Postcards, I love the one you have of Chinatown NYC.

Teri Villars from Phoenix, Arizona on February 21, 2012:

Wow! What a nice lens! I love the old photos, I have a bunch of old postcards myself. Squid Angel blessed!

JoshK47 on February 10, 2012:

What lovely postcards! Thanks for sharing! :)

kimark421 on January 22, 2012:

Beautiful lens and postcards. It's funny, as a teenager I lived just south of Ogden, Utah for two years in the 70's. I didn't know the causeway existed. Just goes to show you how much teenagers pay attention...

Ellen Gregory (author) from Connecticut, USA on December 31, 2011:

@Deadicated LM: Thank you I didn't know the study of postcards was called "deltiology".

anonymous on December 29, 2011:

Returning with some fresh angel dust for this wonderful trip back in landmark postcard time...

krakensquid on December 27, 2011:

Fantastic lens!

Deadicated LM on December 23, 2011:

I love Deltioligy, great lens.

AthruSaoil on December 14, 2011:

I think I'm in love with this Lens... Great work on it! The profile picture for the Lens is my favourite funnily enough.

fugeecat lm on December 07, 2011:

This is a great lens and that postcard of Chinatown is fantastic. The colors are wonderful!

Titia Geertman from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands on December 04, 2011:

Always interesting to see the old and the new and I must say, most of the time I wish they would have left the old alone. Thanks for the view.

the_true on November 28, 2011:

wow, i thinks it's very rare now

CruiseReady from East Central Florida on November 17, 2011:

I've not seen any of these... the old postcards are beautiful.

Some of the present day photos are sad ....

poutine on November 14, 2011:

I love looking at old post cards and black and white pictures of old buildings.

anonymous on November 06, 2011:

This is a wonderful lens; such wonderful findings.

Indigo Janson from UK on November 02, 2011:

I love this kind of lens that gives us a glimpse into the past. Very well put together and I enjoyed your commentary. Blessed by a passing Squid Angel and looking forward to seeing more.

Jim Sterling from Franklin, Tennessee on October 27, 2011:

This is a beautiful lens, thank you. I have a large (24"x36") postcard from the Seattle Worlds Fair that is very important to us.

wolfie10 on October 26, 2011:

This is an awesome lens. i love the vintage stuff as you will see as i build more lenses. there is so much character in older things and memories.

thanks for the link. i am still working on, but it is a good start.

Art-Aspirations on October 23, 2011:

It's wonderful to see these landmark buildings and the beautiful postcards that represent them. Your shop must be a fascinating place.

peppervel on October 23, 2011:

great lens. I love historical stuff. A wonderful feeling just looking at them whether it's pics of the real thing itself.

Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on October 16, 2011:

These are gorgeous old postcards. I love them!

Pip Gerard on October 03, 2011:

love this lense... fabulous idea.

pawpaw911 on September 22, 2011:

Love the old postcards. I have a small collection of vintage postcards, but not landmarks.

hlkljgk from Western Mass on September 12, 2011:

lovely lens. nostalgic. :)

sukkran trichy from Trichy/Tamil Nadu on September 12, 2011:

thanks for sharing some good old pictures. really enjoyed my visit

Ellen Gregory (author) from Connecticut, USA on September 11, 2011:

@FanfrelucheHubs: I have been sticking to US, floral and holiday postcards lately, as they are easier to research. I will be adding foreign postcards later this year.

Nathalie Roy from France (Canadian expat) on September 11, 2011:

I love vintage postcards too when they have traveled with the stamp still on them, and I do collect them (especially France, Australia, and Canada). I will check your Ruby Lane store and have a look at what you sell! Thank you for featuring these beautiful postcards!

anonymous on September 09, 2011:

A beautiful look at beautiful places from days gone by, lovely!

anonymous on September 03, 2011:

Lovely! I love to look at old postcards, and old photos. I can spend hours looking at old photographs, even if I don't know the people in them. Old postcards are fascinating, too. Great idea for a lens, and very enjoyable!

Ellen Gregory (author) from Connecticut, USA on August 27, 2011:

@paperfacets: I hear you! My significant other has to test every shopping cart in the supermarket to see if their wheels roll right. He was an engineer. I started this because of my shop on Ruby Lane -- it has many postcards.

Sherry Venegas from La Verne, CA on August 27, 2011:

My eye is drawn to old imagines. I spent more than a half hour looking at someone's old photo album in an antique store. My husband was getting aggregated. He just did not understand the aspect of immersing in other time.

Welcome to Squidoo. I started Squidoo because of an Etsy shop.

Ann Hinds from So Cal on August 16, 2011:

What a great topic and some amazing postcards. I truly enjoyed this lens. Blessing this lens because it is interesting, well-written and I am fond of anything vintage. Good job!

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