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.

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 southwest at the town of Delmar, Iowa, with the Mt. Zion Church in the background. The Mt. Zion Church was moved to Dewar from Bennington, Iowa, in 1905.

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.

Looking at front of church. 1907 postmark.

Entrance to a one story wooden church with steeple. 1907 postmark.

Looking northeast from the square. 1907 postmark. Number 2347.

William Penn College was founded by Quaker pioneers in 1873. In January 2000, William Penn College officially became William Penn University. 1907 postmark.

Photo of Frank E. Zalesky, butcher and owner of the Pioneer Meat Market in Belle Plaine. He is wearing an apron standing next to a meat slicer on the left and a cash register on the right. 1907 postmark.

Two story brick building with bell tower and students in front. 1907 postmark.

To the incredulity of several Altonians, the purifying plant was built in 1905 to get the alkali out of the water so it would not rust the boilers so quickly. Many of the towns near Omaha had such plants built for this purpose. Two men are standing on the top deck. 1907 postmark.

Two railroad employees are standing on a brick platform near a wooden depot with a train signal and telegraph office sign in the background. 1907 postmark. Number 11.

Looking north at the Ross Department Store owned by Cornelius Ross who built "The Big Store" in 1903. The Doon Savings Bank merged with the First National Bank in 1903.