Thursday, July 2, 2015

The First Ladies at the Smithsonian

Dress of Martha Washington
Wife of President George Washington (1789-1797)

Dress of Sarah Childress Polk
Wife of President James Polk (1845-1849)

Dress of Mary Todd Lincoln
Wife of President Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865)

The postcards above show the dresses of three First Ladies of the United States at the Smithsonian Institution  in Washington D.C, a group of museums and research centers administered by the Government of the United States.  It was originally organized as the "United States National Museum." These postcards were published in the 1930s. 

The First Lady of the United States is the White House hostess and is normally the wife of the President of the United States. The First Lady is not paid a salary and has no official duties. However, she attends many official ceremonies and functions of state either along with or in place of the president. (source: Wikipedia)

The First Ladies Exhibit at the Smithsonian explores the unofficial but important position of first lady and the ways that different women have shaped the role to make their own contributions to the presidential administrations and the nation. The first ladies exhibit has long been one of the most popular attractions at the Smithsonian Institution. It includes many of the gowns worn by First Ladies. Over the years the exhibit has been expanded and updated.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Diesel Locomotive Pulling a Santa Fe Freight Train

The Santa Fe System embraces more than 13,100 miles of track, stretching from the Great Lakes, west to the Pacific Coast, and south to the Gulf of Mexico and the Mexsican border. It is the only railroad under one management between Chicago and California, and operates the only double track line between Chicago and Los Angeles.

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to Service Personnel

sent by Pvt Ernest Graves
Ft. Sam Houston Tex.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Map: Boston Town

Boston was incorporated as a city in 1822. It is a manufacturing and commercial community, but chief interest for the visitor is its historic past dating from the very beginnings of the country.

This postcard was mailed via free soldiers' mail in June 1945. It was sent by Cpl. Merlin Koehn (1914-2000). His serial number was 36233684, and his enlistment record is here.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Swiss Chalet Restaurant

117 E. Pikes Peak Ave., Colorado Springs, Colo.
Two Private Dining Rooms
Colorado Springs' newest and finest restaurant. Beautifully and restfully appointed in the Swiss Mot5if -- and with a cuisine such as you have so enjoyed and appreciated in the better restaurants, both east and west.

Smorgasbord Sundays (SS) 

Friday, June 26, 2015

PPIE: Westinghouse Exhibit Electric Locomotive

The Westinghouse Exhibit in the Transportation Palace at the Panama Pacific International Exposition included a Pennsylvania locomotive mounted on a 65 foot long turntable 12 feet above the floor.This locomotive was said to be the largest in the world in passenger service. It consisted of two units and weighed 156 tons.

in San Francisco

in New York and San Francisco
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Thursday, June 25, 2015

West Hotel -- Minneapolis, Minnesota

Here are four postcards of the West Hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The first two are circa 1916. The first card has the following description on the back:
WEST HOTEL, Minneapolis, Fifth Street and Hennepin Avenue — One of the many magnificent and up-to-date hotels to be found in Minneapolis. At one time this hotel was considered the finest hotel west of Chicago.
The second postcard shows the lobby of the West Hotel, "Largest in U. S."

The next two postcards are from the 1930s. The backs describe the hotel as "The Most Famous Hotel in the Northwest. Completely Redecorated and Refurnished." One has a map of the Midwest showing the Main Routes to Minneapolis, along with interior and exterior views of the hotel. This card was published in 1931.

The last card advertises "50 Years of Continuous Service." West Hotel was opened in 1884. This postcard was published in 1935 and mailed in 1936. The hotel went through a period of decline and was demolished in 1940.

The following information is from Wikipedia:
The West Hotel was Minneapolis's first grand hotel. It had 407 luxuriously furnished rooms, 140 baths, and featured an immense and opulent lobby which was claimed to be the largest in the nation. These elements combined to make what was considered for a time to be the most luxurious hotel west of Chicago. The West was designed by LeRoy Buffington and built on land that was once owned by the first resident of Minneapolis, John H. Stevens. Buffington created the West in the Queen Anne style that was quite popular in the last decades of the 19th century.

The Queen Anne style featured an elaborate architectural look that included gable roofs, projecting bay windows, towers, and dormer windows. The West combined most of these concepts into a grand, larger than life look that seems graceless to some modern observers but was a popular building style at the time, a style that was introduced in 1876 at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Yellowstone Park Bus

Old Faithful Geyser at Upper Geyser Basin erupts about every 66½ minutes. The jets of water are thrown to an average height of 180 feet.

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