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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Around the Curve

This is a view on one of the 281 curves that were one the Mt. Tamalpais Scenic Railway billed as "The crookedest railroad in the world." Those 281 curves were spread over only 8 miles of track. Tradition the railway was that the engine pushed the car up to the top of Mt. Tamalpais so that the customers could see the track, the scenery and any wildlife that may be on the way.

This post card was "Made in America by Edw. H. Mitchell at San Francisco". The following information is from the Metropolitan Postcard Club: "A major printer and publisher of view-cards depicting scenes throughout the American West. They also published a variety of other card types including large sets of flowers, exaggerations, and view-cards of Hawaii and the Philippines.
They temporarily moved to Clay Street when their Post Street office was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake, but they later went on to set up a factory on Army Street. Even though they developed a number of their own unique techniques to print their cards like the Mitchell Photo-Chrome Process, many cards were also contracted out to other printers. Likewise they printed postcards for a number of other publishers. Their cards were printed in both the United States and in Germany. Over the years Mitchell bought out numerous small western competitors. Mitchell closed the postcard company in 1923 to concentrate on his oil interests."

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