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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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Dirt road with utility poles on the right near Belle Plaine, Iowa. 1907 postmark.

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Photo inset of man sitting outdoors reading a letter. 1907 postmark.

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This is what the ruins look like at Cedar Falls. -- t.p. 1907 postmark. Title supplied by cataloger.

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Council Bluffs had more greenhouses than any city of its size in the U.S. J.F. Wilcox & Sons was one of the four largest greenhouses in Council Bluffs. 1907 postmark.

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Looking northeast from Front Street in Brooklyn, Iowa. 1907 postmark. Number 61796.

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Wooden church with belfry and parsonage on dirt road. 1907 postmark.

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Drawing on leather postcard. 1907 postmark.

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A two story wooden house with interior photo of an alleged haunted dwelling according to the book published in 1888 entitled, "Picturesque Burlington and Vicinity" by Conrad Lutz. 1907 postmark.

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Looking southeast from Park Street. Constructed in 1907 at a cost of approx. $20,000, Herrick Chapel was designed to house the college's religious services and to serve as a general purpose large auditorium which seats 700. The Christian Associations Building (Steiner Hall) is in the background.

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The Chicago & Northwestern Railroad Bridge in far background was opened in 1909 and still carries approximately 50 trains a day from the Union Pacific Railroad. 1907 postmark. Number 15925.

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The two story brick and stone building was built in 1903. 1907 postmark.

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Looking northwest. The first Grinnell high school was built in 1904. An addition that expanded the building to include junior high students was completed in 1921. 1907 postmark. Number 2363. It now houses the Grinnell Community Center.

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The hospital was built as a home in 1875. The original builder used the building as a saloon before it became a hotel known as the "Stephenson House". Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 1907 postmark. Dr. C. D. Busby purchased the hotel and made it not only his residence but also turned it into a hospital. He later closed the hospital, but continued to live there. It was later used again as a hotel and restaurant.

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Men's 22 member Grinnell College glee club who most likely practiced in the Music Hall which was located at the site of Burling Library. 1907 postmark.

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Looking southeast with Carnegie Library (Hall), Blair Hall, Herrick Chapel and Goodnow Hall. Number 1303.

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Iowa River near Belle Plaine, Iowa with canoe tied to shore. 1907 postmark. Number 4409.

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Looking northeast at the Iowa State Capitol building which was completed in 1886 at a cost of $3,296,256, and, and at the time, was the only five-domed capitol in the country. The dome of the capitol is gilded with tissue-paper thin sheets of pure 23-karat gold, with a protective layer sealing the gold from the weather, and the top of its finial peak is 275 feet (84 m) above the ground. From its opening during 1884 until 1924, it was the tallest building in Des Moines, and likely the entire state. It is located at 1007 East Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 1907 postmark. Number 5.

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Split postcard looking southeast at the Gymnasium (East Gym) and looking southwest at the Administration Building and Auditorium Building (Lang Hall). 1907 postmark. Number 1731.

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Two-story wooden house and barn with a picket fence. 1907 postmark.

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Four-story stone building built in 1906 and still standing. 1907 postmark.

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