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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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Business district in Colfax including a lunch room and billiards room. 1908 postmark. Number 9475.

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Looking northeast at an Italianate-Classic style building which was completed in 1880. The red and buff colored brick used in its construction was made in the old McMillen Brick Plant. The courthouse association paid $5705.90 of the building cost, the county furnished $1040, and the contractors (B. D. Everingham and J. L. Harlow) were said to have lost $1825. There have been additions to building, but the main structure is still much as it was when completed in 1880. The courthouse is on the National Register of Historic Places and is located at 130 North Park Place, Cresco, Howard County, Iowa. Civil War Soldiers Monument is 30 feet high with a soldier atop a round granite column. There are inscriptions of soldiers on four sides at the base. Twenty-four Iowa courthouses had a civil war monument erected on the grounds. 1908 postmark. Number 464.

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Looking at a one-story wooden building with a Notary Public sign near the front door. The Cumberland Saving Bank was organized on January 7, 1905, with a capital stock of $10,000. Edgar S. Harlan was founding president of the bank. V.E. Benedict, photographer, was from Cumberland, Iowa. 1908 postmark. Title supplied by cataloger.

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View of a 3 story wooden building with front porch. 1908 postmark. Number 7.

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Looking northeast at the front entrance of Drake University's Administration Building, now known as Old Main. Drake University was founded in 1881. The architectural style is High Victorian Gothic. Old Main is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is located at 2507 University Avenue, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. 1908 postmark. Number 1747.

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Looking at street car line passing under a bridge in Fairmount Park. The park was once considered the greatest park in the area and has a history of being one of the premier parks in the country. It featured a greenhouse, ice skating, sledding, a petting zoo and an old bell tower. 1908 postmark. Number 14.

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A family gathered around the picnic table outside their home near Clarinda, Iowa. 1908 postmark.

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On September 24, 1908 a devastating fire swept throught the business district destroying the whole city block. Pictured is the aftermath with townspeople picking through the rubble. 1908 postmark. Number 1.

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On September 24, 1908 a devastating fire swept throught the business district destroying the whole city block. Pictured is the aftermath with townspeople picking through the rubble. 1908 postmark. Number 3.

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On September 24, 1908 a devastating fire swept throught the business district destroying the whole city block. Pictured is a destroyed building with townspeople picking through the rubble. 1908 postmark. Number 5.

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On September 24, 1908 a devastating fire swept throught the business district destroying the whole city block. Pictured in the foreground are the Enterprise building a jewelry shop and the Rowland Restaurant and Lunch Room. 1908 postmark. Number 6.

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Three story brick church building from corner of 7th Avenue and 3rd Street. 1908 postmark. Number 15931.

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Looking north on Main Street. 1908 postmark.

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Looking at a residential area on a dirt road. 1908 postmark.

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A tug of war tournament on campus. 1908 postmark.

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Wintery scene of the frozen Iowa River with a truss bridge in the background. 1908 postmark.

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Advertising card for democratic candidate, Max M. Patton from Laurel, Iowa who is running for the Marshall County auditor seat in 1908. 1908 postmark.

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Looking northeast from Fourth Avenue. The first Grinnell high school was built in 1904. An addition that expanded the building to include junior high students was completed in 1921. 1908 postmark. Number 61. It now houses the Grinnell Community Center.

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Looking up the street. Kingbury's Restaurant and Lunch Room is in the background. 1908 postmark.

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Two-story brick building with bell tower. 1908 postmark. Number 4408.

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