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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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Looking northeast. 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. Number 1226.

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Looking north. The men's gymnasium was constructed in 1899 and razed in 1972, costing $20,180. It served as men

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Looking east 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 Weidenmann Project's Centennial Fountain in the foreground was designed by architect John Weidenmann of New York City and completed in 1892. The capitol building is located at 1007 East Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 1905 postmark. Number 5.

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Pencil sketch of the three-story brick and stone high school building. The Romanesque building was built in 1855 and burned down in 1912. It was located at 800 Second Avenue North, Clear Lake, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa. Number 8.

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Looking northeast. 1905 postmark. Number 130.

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Looking northeast. Mears Cottage was constructed in 1888, costing $14,719. Originally served as a ladies dormitory. Number 1225.

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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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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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Looking west from the Main Street business district in Cherokee, Iowa. Sign with Gust Hokanson, Merchant Tailor, on the left.

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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 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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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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School children & school staff standing in front of a two-story wooden school house with bell tower. 1905 postmark.

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Looking at the entrance to a three story brick and stone building. Number 71.

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Looking northwest at Main Street, Cherokee, Iowa. On the left is a building with Elmo Archer, Lumber, Grain, Hard & Soft Coal. In the background on the hill is the Cherokee County Courthouse which was built in 1892 and torn down in 1965.

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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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Drawing of man falling down. Number 767. Copyright 1905 by A. Yerkes.

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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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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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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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