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Historic Iowa Postcards

Grinnell College Libraries' Historic Iowa Postcard Collection. A collection of postcards from 1900 through the middle of the 20th century, covering all parts of Iowa.

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Twelfth Street with bakery, law office and meat market on the left. 1906 postmark.

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Looking northeast from the Upper Iowa River. 1906 postmark.

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Looking northeast at Goodnow Hall on right, Carnegie Library on left and the men's gymnasium in the far background. 1906 postmark.

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Iowa's Largest Furniture Store, S. Davidson & Bros., People's Furniture Store. Photos include: Corner of Main Floor, Furniture Display, Walnut Street Building; Main Exposition Building of Iowa State Fair containing Davidson's Special House Furnishing Exhibit; Corner of Carpet Room in Walnut Street Building; Stock Pavilion, Iowa State Fair. The D. Davidsons & Bros. was founded by patriarch Saul Davidson which expanded throughout Iowa and was purchased by Younkers in 1948 who ran the furniture business as a separate entity until the 1970s. The Iowa State Fair and Exposition Grounds Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The S. Davidsons & Bros. store was located at 412 Walnut Street, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. 1906 postmark.

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Looking northeast at shoreline with sailboats and boathouse. Arbor Lake, named for Arbor Day, when hundreds of trees were planted there, was created in 1902 as a storage reservoir to provide soft water for manufacturing firms. 1907 postmark.

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Baylis, William (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
Bever Park is a 90-acre city park containing the Bever Park Children's Zoo. 1907 postmark. Number 28.

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Anthon, Iowa with the school house rising above the town in the center of the picture. 1907 postmark. Number 3.

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Old truss bridge across the Iowa River near Belle Plaine, Iowa. 1907 postmark.

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Looking north on unpaved Broad Street with store fronts and the Congregational Church in background. 1907 postmark. Number 2391.

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Photo of Frank E. Zalesky, owner of the meat market in Belle Plaine. He is wearing an apron standing next to a meat slicer on the left and a cash register on the right. 1907 postmark.

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Looking northeast on North Street at a one story wooden building with bell tower in front. 1907 postmark.

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Looking southwest at the brick veneered church with bell tower built in 1895 and burned down on Christmas morning, 1914. The present church building was built in 1917 and is located at 608 Second Avenue N.E., Clarion, Wright County, Iowa.

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Looking northeast. Chicago Hall was constructed in 1883, costing approximately $20,000 excluding grading and landscaping. Razed in 1958 to provide space for construction of Burling Library. 1907 postmark.

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Looking from Eighth Avenue at a one-story brick building with belltower in front. 1907 postmark.

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Looking northwest at a three story brick and stone building built in 1897 to originally accommodate the ninth and tenth grades and two more classes were added in 1899. 1907 postmark.

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Looking northwest. Cooper School was built in 1889 and named for Co. S.F. Cooper, the first teacher in Grinnell. The building was closed in 1974 and sold it to Grinnell College. Cooper was torn down in 1994. 1907 postmark.

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Looking northwest from the corner of Front Street and Jackson Street in Brooklyn, Iowa. 1907 postmark.

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Looking northwest. The cornerstone for the court house was laid on May 21, 1903, costing $90,600 to build. The architectural style is late 19th and 20th Century Revivals. It is located at 201 North 12th Street, Centerville, Appanoose County, Iowa, and listed on the National Register for Historic Places. 1907 postmark. Number 124380. Series C 5817.

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The Pottawattamie County Courthouse on South Pearl Street was a stone Beaux Arts-style building built in 1888. It was later declared unsafe and was replaced with a Modernist structure in 1977. 1907 postmark. Number A5377.

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