Saturday, July 12, 2014
Open at Night!
The top two post cards are the same picture. It is taken from the top of the peak looking back down the tracks toward the direction from which the trains arrive. When I first saw this picture my imagination told me that someone had lost a nickel. The two men at the back were looking for it where it was dropped. The closest two men are going to where the light is better so they can see the ground better. I have a great imagination!!
The bottom post card is the same building as seem from the other end – what one sees as one approached it from downhill. The picture was obviously not taken in the middle of the summer. There are icicles hanging from the tower and the building.
The second card has not been claimed by anyone. It has a distinctive double-line down the middle and the front for the words “POST CARD” is distinctive. I hope someday to find out who this publisher or printer is. I included it because there is a date printed on the card. It is August 30, 1909. This, combined with the information of the above publisher, gives us a clear timeline for both cards. They are from the Divided Back Era which lasted from about 1907 to 1915; and now we can narrow it down to one specific year: 1909.
The bottom card, too, does not have a publisher indicated on it. But, it does have a date. It was posted in August of 1912. In the text written on the post card we are given a bit of insight into history.