Wish You Were Then

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“Feeding Chipmunk at Seven Falls in South Cheyenne Canyon, Colorado Springs, Colo.”

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Unsent, blank postcards from decades past are my favorite thing to discover in a secondhand store. I love exploring these scraps of other people’s adventures, wondering who might have chosen each now-abandoned postcard. Was it, for example, a child, spending seemingly hours deliberating because her pocket money could only cover one little souvenir? Or someone with a child in mind, buying stacks of postcards from each place that he or she had to visit without the family?

There’s really no way of knowing, of course: but the mystery certainly adds an additional layer of enjoyment to my most recently acquired stack of postcards from the past!

We’ll begin with some famous attractions…
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WORLD FAMOUS TREE HOUSE!

Located in Tree House Park, 30 miles north of Laytonville on the Redwood Highway. Built in a large redwood tree, the room is 21 x 27 ft. inside. The room is 50 ft. high. Tree is approximately 250 high. Age approximately 4000 years.

—BELIEVE IT OR NOT—

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The saga of the west is relived at FRONTIERLAND, where the Davy Crockett Museum, stage coaches, western sheriffs, and cowboys set the stage for this DISNEYLAND area.

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MAID OF THE MIST: SEEING NIAGARA FALLS FROM “MAID OF THE MIST”

One of the most interesting experiences of a visit to Niagara is a trip under the Falls, by the means of a Steamer “Maid of the Mist.” The voyagers are swathed in oilskins as a defence from the saturating spray and the spectacle of the mighty volume of water, passing over the precipice 160 feet above, to fall in thunder on the rocks below is as magnificent as it is impressive.

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MOSS DRAPED OAKS as seen in Jungle Gardens near New Iberia, La. The Jungle Gardens contain a fabulous collection of exotic plants and form a beauty spot worthy of a visit at any time of the year.

Unsurprisingly, I’m most delighted when I discover postcards from twentieth-century Hawai’i tucked away behind souvenirs from Europe and the Mainland. Here’s two from the early years of the Halekulani, a famous Waikiki hotel that’s still going strong today!
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HALEKULANI HOTEL AND  BUNGALOWS ON WAIKIKI BEACH

View of a part of a lanai suite in the hotel. It is furnished in the true island manner with Hawaiian decor. Large windows enable the guests to fully take advantage of the breath-taking scenery.

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Akaka Falls on the Island of Hawai’i.

I’ll close with one final postcard from my current territory! This is just one in a series of “Lusterchrome” postcards featuring the Western Massachusetts region that I discovered bound together with a rubber band (and on sale in an unbelievable 10 for 25 cents deal). Wait a few months and I’d say that the views from the Mohawk Trail will match this image almost perfectly!

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Deerfield River Valley as seen from the Mohawk Trail, Mass.

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