Historic Iowa Postcards

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Library, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
The Cedar Rapids Public Library was built in 1905 with a gift of $75,000 from Andrew Carnegie. Listed in the National Register of Historical Places. 1905 postmark.
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Main Street, Belle Plaine, Iowa
A part of South side of Main Street.--t.p. verso. A dentist office is in the middle of the block and the grain elevator located at the end of the street. 1905 postmark.
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Methodist Episcopal Church, Conrad, Iowa
Looking northeast at a one story wooden church built in 1901 and parsonage was added in 1909. Title supplied by cataloger.
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Normal College, Newton, Iowa
Normal College was originally founded as a private school called the Hazel Dell Academy by Professor Darius Thomas in 1856. In 1893, the school was sold to Professor G.W. Wormley who moved it to a new location and named it the Newton Normal College. Business and teaching classes were taught there until its closing in 1906.
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Observatory Building, Des Moines, Iowa
The first skyscraper in Iowa stood was on Locust Street reported at a height of 197 feet and heralded as "the tallest office building between Chicago and San Francisco" when it opened in 1896. It included a distinctive five-story observation tower and provided electricity and gas lighting to all tenants. The building was eventually demolished in1937, and this location is now occupied by Capital Square Mall. 1905 postmark. Number 105.
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Public school, Chillicothe, Iowa
School children & school staff standing in front of a one story wooden school house with bell tower. 1905 postmark.
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Rawson School, Corning, Iowa
Looking at the entrance to a three story brick and stone building. Number 71.
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Upper Iowa River from Pulpit Rock, Decorah, Iowa
Looking north at the 5th Avenue bridge. 1905 postmark.
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West side Main Street, Cumberland, Iowa
Looking southwest on Main Street showing the post office. The Cumberland Post Office was established on January 19, 1885, and is still operating today and located at 123 Main Street, Cumberland, Cass County, Iowa.
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Will see you when I come down to Malcom, Malcom, Iowa
Drawing of man falling down. Number 767. Copyright 1905 by A. Yerkes.
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Arbor Lake, Grinnell, Iowa
Looking east at shoreline with sailboat and boathouse. Arbor Lake, named for Arbor Day, when hundreds of trees were planted there, was created in 1902 as a storage reservoir to provide soft water for manufacturing firms. 1906 postmark. Number 132.
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Barracks, Fort Des Moines, Des Moines, Iowa
Looking northwest at several housing units for army officers who attended the Fort Des Moines Provisional Army Officer Training School established in 1901 on 640 acres, several miles south of downtown Des Moines. In 1917 the first officer candidate class of African Americans in US military history, trained at Fort Des Moines, and received commissions. Also in 1917 a training camp for black medical personnel began, and in 1918 the fort was used for the treatment of World War I casualties. In 1933-34 it was used as a Civilian Conservation Corps camp. With the entry of the United States into World War II, the fort was used as a training center for women, for service in the Army's Women's Army Corps. After the war, the fort housed veteran soldiers for a time, and was turned over to the city in the early 1950s. Much of the original 640-acre base was sold off for development as the city grew. A number of the fort's buildings still stand, mainly on the southern and eastern edges of the parade ground. These buildings, including barracks, quarters, and stables, are now used for a variety of civic and commercial purposes. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. 1906 postmark. Number 1749.
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Batchelors Quarters, Fort Des Moines, Des Moines, Iowa
Looking north at a housing unit for army officers who attended the Fort Des Moines Provisional Army Officer Training School established in 1901 on 640 acres, several miles south of downtown Des Moines. In 1917 the first officer candidate class of African Americans in US military history, trained at Fort Des Moines, and received commissions. Also in 1917 a training camp for black medical personnel began, and in 1918 the fort was used for the treatment of World War I casualties. In 1933-34 it was used as a Civilian Conservation Corps camp. With the entry of the United States into World War II, the fort was used as a training center for women, for service in the Army's Women's Army Corps. After the war, the fort housed veteran soldiers for a time, and was turned over to the city in the early 1950s. Much of the original 640-acre base was sold off for development as the city grew. A number of the fort's buildings still stand, mainly on the southern and eastern edges of the parade ground. These buildings, including barracks, quarters, and stables, are now used for a variety of civic and commercial purposes. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. 1906 postmark. Number 24.
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Blair Hall, Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa
Looking north. Blair Hall was constructed in 1882-1886, razed in 1961. Cost was $37,200 excluding grading and landscaping. 1906 postmark.
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Carnegie Library, Iowa College, Grinnell, Iowa
Looking northwest. Carnegie Library was constructed in 1904, costing $50,000 excluding stacks and moveable furnishings. Funded by a $50,000 grant from Andrew Carnegie. Title supplied by cataloger.
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Central Park, Grinnell, Iowa
Looking north from Third Avenue at park and church. 1906 postmark.
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Greetings from Brooklyn, Iowa
Embossed card with purple iris flower. 1906 postmark.
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Greetings from Iowa College, Blair Hall, Iowa College, Grinnell, Iowa
Looking northwest at Blair Hall. Constructed in 1882-1886 at a cost of $37,200 Blair Hall housed college chapel, departments of chemistry, natural science, mathematics, and physics. It was razed in 1961. 1906 postmark.
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Grinnell Mears Cottage, Grinnell, Iowa
Looking northeast. Mears Cottage was constructed in 1888, costing $14,719. Originally served as a ladies dormitory. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 1906 postmark.
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Herrick Chapel and Christian Associations Building, Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa
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. Notice the large stained glass window is not yet in place. The Christian Associations Building (Steiner Hall) is in the background. 1906 postmark.

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