Historic Iowa Postcards

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Family picnic, Clarinda, Iowa
A family gathered around the picnic table near Clarinda, Iowa. 1908 postmark.
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Fire, September 24, 1908, Kellogg, Iowa
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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Fire, September 24, 1908, Kellogg, Iowa
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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Fire, September 24, 1908, Kellogg, Iowa
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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Fire, September 24, 1908, Kellogg, Iowa
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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First M.E. Church, Clinton, Iowa
Three story brick church building from corner of 7th Avenue and 3rd Street. 1908 postmark. Number 15931.
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Fourth Avenue and Main Street, Grinnell, Iowa
Looking north on Main Street. 1908 postmark.
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Fourth Avenue north of Eleventh Street, Alton, Iowa
Looking at a residential area on a dirt road. 1908 postmark.
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Fresh-soph tug of war, Iowa State College, Ames, Iowa
A tug of war tournament on campus. 1908 postmark.
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Frozen form pillars, Iowa River, Belmond, Iowa
Wintery scene of the frozen Iowa River with a truss bridge in the background. 1908 postmark.
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General Election Nov. 3, 1908, Max M. Patton, Democratic Candidate For Auditor Marshall County, Laurel, Iowa
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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High School, Grinnell, Iowa
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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High Street, Kellogg, Iowa
Looking up the street. Kingbury's Restaurant and Lunch Room is in the background. 1908 postmark.
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High school, Belle Plaine, Iowa
Two-story brick building with bell tower. 1908 postmark. Number 4408.
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High school, Correctionville, Iowa
Looking at the front entrance of a 3 story wooden school house with a tall bell tower. 1908 postmark. Number 63281.
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Holiday street scene, Climbing Hill, Iowa
Dirt street through Climbing Hill, Iowa. 1908 postmark.
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Home of "Quaker Oats", Cedar Rapids, Iowa
In 1873, the Stuart family from Canada and the Higley and especially the Douglas family from Cedar Rapids established an oatmeal mill (initially known as the North Star Mill). The company later adopted the name American Cereal Company and by the 1890s began to produce a product line known as "Quaker Oats". The Cedar Rapids Quaker Oats plant established its own skyline of manufacturing buildings and became one of the largest in the nation. 1908 postmark. Number 22222.
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Home of Hon. J.B. Grinnell, Grinnell, Iowa
Looking east from Central Park. Home of J.B. Grinnell and his wife Julia. The cellar was a registered stop in the Underground Railroad. A portion of the house was moved to Broad Street south of Third Avenue until the late 1970's. 1908 postmark.
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Hotel Kimball, Davenport, Iowa
Looking northeast at a 5 story brick and stone building. The Burtis Hotel was built in 1874 next to the Burtis Opera House. The new hotel featured its own train platform as well as telephone, telegraph and an elevator. In 1880 the name of the hotel was changed to the Kimball House and it was advertised as the "largest and best hotel in Iowa." The hotel was transformed into an apartment building and renamed the Perry Apartments. In 1939, the building was repaired from a large fire and renamed the Vale Apartments. The building was torn down in 1993 because it was structurally unsafe. It was located at 210 East Fourth Street, Davenport, Scott County, Iowa. 1908 postmark.
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Iowa College buildings, Grinnell, Iowa
Looking northwest. Blair Hall (right foreground) was constructed in 1882-1886, razed in 1961. Cost was $37,200 excl. grading and landscaping. Originally housed the college chapel, the departments of chemistry, natural science, mathematics, and physics. Goodnow Hall (left background) 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. 1908 postmark.

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