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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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A group of Seton Indians attending a Chautauqua in Charles City. Sender says "This is our director, Nina B. Lamkin of Chicago". 1907 postmark.

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Looking at the front entrance of a 2 story Gothic stone building completed in 1886. This church was torn down in 1974 due to a sinking foundation. 1907 postmark.

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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 1757.

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Looking east at a dirt road. 1907 postmark.

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Railroad moving wreckage from the July 22, 2007 train wreck near Belle Plaine, Iowa. 1907 postmark.

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The two story brick building was opened November 1, 1904. Sign on front of the building says "U.S. Weather Bureau, Department of Agriculture". The discretion as to where the weather stations are to be located is left with the Secretary of Agriculture. Number 10149.

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The Des Moines Union station building and depot grounds extended west from Fifth Street to some distance beyond Sixth Avenue. The building was razed no later than the 1960s. 1907 postmark. Number 140.

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Outside activities at the sanitorium. Built in 1904, when Florence Brown Sherbon, A. M., M. D., her husband, John Bayard Sherban, M. D., and her father James Brown, incorporated the Victoria Sanatorium and Mineral Spring. 1907 postmark.

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Looking west down Seventh Avenue. 1907 postmark.

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Looking northwest at Broad Street from Fourth Avenue with Congregational Church in the foreground. 1907 postmark. Title supplied by cataloger.

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Eagle Point Park has 164 acres overlooking the Mississippi River and General Zebulon Pike Lock and Dam (No. 11). 1907 postmark. Number 3.

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Dirt street in downtown Aurelia, Iowa. 1907 postmark.

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Looking southeast. Goodnow Hall was constructed in 1885, costing $15,700 excluding telescope ($2,125) and book stacks. Originally served as college library and astronomical observatory. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 1907 postmark.

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Several wooden buildings in the business district with water tower located at the end of the street. 1907 postmark. Number 8.

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Woman holding dog and flag with school colors and Grinnell College logo on top. 1907 postmark. College series, no. 1. Title supplied by cataloger.

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Portrait of two women (one woman's name is Alice) and a girl standing behind a fence and in front of a house. 1907 postmark.

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Two story wood house with shovel near sidewalk. 1908 postmark.

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Two story brick and stone building. 1908 postmark.

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Union Park was established in 1896 at East 9th Street and Thompson Avenue as one of Des Moines' original five parks. The park was part of the old Thompson farm and started with sixteen acres of land. 1908 postmark. Number 6452.

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Baxter Junior Band showing 14 members holding instruments. 1908 postmark.

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