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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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View of log cabin at entrance to Marshalltown's Veteran Home. 1907 postmark.

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One story wooden church building and steeple. 1907 postmark.

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Winter scene looking at front of church. 1907 postmark.

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Looking west at the Churdan, Iowa business district with the Citizen's Bank and what appears to be a shoe store on the left and a sign with Reporter Office on the right. The town of Churdan, Iowa was named for Joseph Churdan, Sr. (Uncle Joe), a local farmer later appointed as the first postmaster. 1907 postmark.

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Looking east on Main Street in New Sharon, Iowa. 1907 postmark. Number 32.

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Boardwalk and dirt street with various businesses in Blencoe, Iowa. 1907 postmark.

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Business district in Guernsey, Iowa. 1907 postmark.

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Looking east with street cleaners. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places under Marshalltown Downtown Historic District. 1907 postmark. Number 14578.

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A bustling downtown view of a dirt Main Street in Anita. 1907 postmark. Number 4.

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Looking at Mercy Hospital founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1893. This building was located on the northwest corner of 4th and Ascension. In 1907, it could accommodate 125 patients and today Mercy has 802 beds and more than 6,600 employees. It is the longest continually operating hospital in Des Moines. 1907 postmark.

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Looking at front of church. 1907 postmark.

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Entrance to a one story wooden church with steeple. 1907 postmark.

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Looking northeast from the square. 1907 postmark. Number 2347.

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William Penn College was founded by Quaker pioneers in 1873. In January 2000, William Penn College officially became William Penn University. 1907 postmark.

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Two story brick building with bell tower and students in front. 1907 postmark.

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Two story wooden building with two storage tanks. Men standing on top deck. 1907 postmark.

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Two railroad employees are standing on a brick platform near a wooden depot with a train signal and telegraph office sign in the background. 1907 postmark. Number 11.

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New construction of bear den in Bever Park, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Bever Park is a 90-acre city park containing the Bever Park Children's Zoo. 1907 postmark. Number 1955.

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School children and school staff standing in front of the school building. 1907 postmark. Number 8485.

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In 1870, the Davenport Schuetzengesellschaft (later called the Schuetzen Verein) created this "Schuetzenpark," or shooting park, as a target range for rifle marksmanship. In addition to the shooting and target houses, the park included an inn, dance hall, music pavilion, zoo, bowling alleys, roller coaster, refreshment stands, athletic field, picnic grounds, and other amusements. The popularity of Schuetzen Park began to decline around 1917, when the anti-German hysteria from World War I restricted the activities of German-Americans and led to the prohibition of the use of the German language in public. Many businesses and organizations changed their German names. For a time, Schuetzen Park was renamed Forest Park. The Davenport Schuetzen Verein became known by its English equivalent, the Davenport Shooting Association. The park was dealt another serious blow in 1919 when the "Prohibition Act" outlawed the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages, which had been a major source of revenue for the park. The park was sold in 1923, and it became the site of the Chiropractic Psychopathic Sanitarium. However, today, much of the property again changed hands to the Davenport Good Samaritan Center and is being preserved as a "Wildpark". The only original park building that remains is the 1911 street car waiting station, which was named a local historic landmark in 1998 by the City of Davenport. It is located at 700 Waverly Road, Davenport, Scott County, Iowa. 1907 postmark. Number 2020.

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