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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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Fire fighters fighting a tall building fire in Belle Plaine, Iowa. Two fire engines are pictured. Grain elevator is in the background. 1908 postmark.

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Looking northeast at Burlington, Iowa business district. 1908 postmark. Number 12189.

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An aerial view looking east with the Pottawattamie County Courthouse on the left in the background. The historic courthouse on South Pearl Street was built in 1888. It was later declared unsafe and was replaced with a Modernist structure in 1977. 1908 postmark.

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The Pavillion at the Grand Plaza was built on the North Shore in 1885 with a saloon, restaurant and boardwalk. It was replaced by a dance hall in 1911, which burned down in 1926. 1908 postmark. Number A5383.

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People gathered to board a steamer for a cruise. The Clinton Bridge is in the background. 1908 postmark. Number 2553.

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Looking north on unpaved Broad Street. Number 16488.

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Looking south on unpaved Broad Street with bicyclist and Congregational Church in the foreground.

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Card has small school banner with cheer: "Whoop em! Skoop em! Thru and thru. We do! We do! Why don't you? Always loyal, always true, B.H.S. scarlet and blue"--t.p.. Copyright 1908 with Acmegraph Co. Number 015.

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Chicago & North Western railroad shops in Belle Plaine, Iowa with a railroad locomotive on the turntable. 1908 postmark.

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Railway employees on car 3356 either loading or unloading goods onto the train. 1908 postmark.

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Campus scene. 1908 postmark.

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View of children on a spring day in Central Park. In 1885 the city of Davenport acquired the property that had been the Scott County Fairgrounds. It is a significant example of landscape planning, and of the civic improvements that were being made by the city in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Five years after the land was purchased and improved it was named Central Park after New York City's park of the same name. Central Park was renamed Vander Veer after an early Davenport park commissioner in 1911. Located at 215 West Central Park Avenue, Davenport, Scott County, Iowa, the park consists of 70.8 acres, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 1908 postmark. Number 13206.

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Circuit Chautauquas were part of a travelling adult education movement started at the turn of the century reaching Iowa in 1904. Special reports, pronunciation tests, and a variety of other exercises are introduced at the meetings. 1908 postmark. Number B1165A6.

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Interior room with fireplace. 1908 postmark.

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Lake with man and women in a boat and chutes in background. 1908 postmark.

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Looking northwest at the 1903 three-story Beaux Arts style building designed by Des Moines architects, Gutterson & Smith, and constructed of salmon pink Minnesota limestone. It was the project of the Works Progress Administration. The building originally featured a fountain and stone steps, which were removed in 1955. It is no longer a library, but was acquired by the World Food Prize and is being renovated to serve as a museum to recognize great achievements in agriculture, a convocation center that will hold the World Food Prize International Symposium, a home for the Global Youth Institute, an educational facility that will feature interactive displays on hunger and food security and a conference center and community hall. It is located on Locust Street and listed in the National Register of Historic Places. 1908 postmark.

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Two story brick building with steeple in the center of the roof. 1908 postmark.

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Looking northeast at a one story wooden building with bell tower located at 121 Third Avenue NW, Clarion, Wright County, Iowa. 1908 postmark.

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Looking northeast on Broad Street. Often called the "Old Stone Church". Erected in the year 1877. 1908 postmark. Number 156898.

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