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.

The hospital was built as a home in 1875. The original builder used the building as a saloon before it became a hotel known as the "Stephenson House". Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 1907 postmark. Dr. C. D. Busby purchased the hotel and made it not only his residence but also turned it into a hospital. He later closed the hospital, but continued to live there. It was later used again as a hotel and restaurant.

Men's 22 member Grinnell College glee club who most likely practiced in the Music Hall which was located at the site of Burling Library. 1907 postmark.

Looking southeast with Carnegie Library (Hall), Blair Hall, Herrick Chapel and Goodnow Hall. Number 1303.

A canoe along the shore of the Iowa River near Belle Plaine, Iowa.

A canoe along the shore of the Iowa River near Belle Plaine, Iowa. 1907 postmark. Number 4409.

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 5.

Veatch Studio
Split postcard looking southeast at the Gymnasium (East Gym) and looking southwest at the Administration Building and Auditorium Building (Lang Hall). 1907 postmark. Number 1731.

Two-story wooden house and barn with a picket fence. 1907 postmark.

Looking southeast at the "state of the art" venue for vaudevillians who frequented Clinton and often stayed there. The hotel opened in 1906 and was named after its key investor, Layfayette Lamp. It is currently known as the Lafayette Apartments and located at 143 Sixth Avenue South, Clinton, Clinton County, Iowa. 1907 postmark.

View of log cabin at entrance to Marshalltown's Veteran Home. 1907 postmark.

Looking east on Reed Street at the Akron Opera House on the left which also held the land office. The opera house was built in 1905 and is located at 151 Reed Street, Akron, Plymouth County, Iowa and listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Looking west at the Baldwin Methodist Church built in 1873. 1907 postmark.

Winter scene looking at front of church. 1907 postmark.

Looking west at the Churdan, Iowa business district with the Citizen's Bank and what appears to be a shoe store on the left and a sign with Reporter Office on the right. The town of Churdan, Iowa was named for Joseph Churdan, Sr. (Uncle Joe), a local farmer later appointed as the first postmaster. 1907 postmark.

Looking east on Main Street in New Sharon, Iowa. 1907 postmark. Number 32.

Looking northwest at a possible celebration in Blencoe, Iowa. The Edward A. Shea Merchandise Store is the sixth building from the right and Williams Hardware is the seventh building from the right. 1907 postmark.

Business district in Guernsey, Iowa. 1907 postmark.

Looking east with street cleaners. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places under Marshalltown Downtown Historic District. 1907 postmark. Number 14578.

Looking northwest at the Mason Temple, established in 1895, a restaurant and a lunch room in a bustling downtown view of a dirt Main Street in Anita. Senator James E. Bruce of Anita, "insisted that a Masonic Temple could and must be built in Anita, and it was." 1907 postmark. Number 4.

Looking at Mercy Hospital founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1893. This building was located on the northwest corner of 4th and Ascension. In 1907, it could accommodate 125 patients and today Mercy has 802 beds and more than 6,600 employees. It is the longest continually operating hospital in Des Moines. 1907 postmark.