This post card is a picture of one of the steam engines pushing a passenger car up the cog railroad toward Pike’s Peak in Colorado. The title at the bottom of the card reads: “Shady Springs Colorado Ascending Pike’s Peak, on the Cog Road.” In searching for what the Shady Springs Colorado means, all I could find was a map of Douglas County that contained a historical site called “Lucas Dairy / Shady Springs Ranch”.
This post card was printed by the American News Company (ANC). On the back,
Cards with the Poly-chrome name were also printed in the United States during the First World War, with an M prefix and white borders, but these lithographic cards have a grained texture. They were not always published by the American News Company. As you can see, this one was published by the Colorado News Company. This post card was published by the Colorado News Company. On the left edge you can see the number of the card and the words that tell us that it was published by the Colorado News Company. It was but one of many News Companies owned by the ANC. I have post cards from the Colorado News Company, the Oregon News Company, the St. Louis News Company, and the Union News Company. These are just a few of the affiliates of the ANC.
The postmark on the card confirms that it was printed between 1903 and 1907 because it was mailed on March 5, 1907. The back of the card still says that the back is for the address only, so I suspect it was earlier in this period rather than later. Just before March 1, 1907 the printers added a phrase telling the purchasers that after March 1st a message could be included on the back of the card. This one only has a short message on the front that reads, “My dear…. Hope you are feeling as well as I am….” Because this card was mailed after March 1, 1907 the writer could have put the address on the right side of the back of the card and actually expanded the message so he could elaborate about how well he was feeling! If he only knew.