Winter Park in Vintage Postcards

Author: Robin Chapman
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1439629897
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The perfume of the orange blossoms . . . the beauty of every scene, combine to make me wonder whether I am not in Paradise, wrote one visitor to Winter Park, Florida, in 1918. Just five miles north of Orlando, Winter Parks oak-lined brick streets and its quiet lakes have been attracting visitors since the late 19th century, when U.S. president Chester A. Arthur declared, This is the prettiest spot I have seen in Florida. The New Englandlike city in the heart of the subtropics was once home to the Seminole Hotel, the largest resort south of Jacksonville. In 1885, prestigious Rollins College was founded here, the first institution of higher learning in Florida.

Grand Canyon National Park

Author: Thomas Alan Ratz
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 9780738578569
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Arizona is proud to have one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World--the Grand Canyon. With the arrival of the Santa Fe and Union Pacific Railroad in the early 20th century, the development of the canyon began in earnest. The railroads, along with the Santa Fe's business partner, the Fred Harvey Company, greatly promoted the Grand Canyon as a tourist destination through books, pamphlets, and magazine advertisements. On February 26, 1919, Congress established the Grand Canyon National Park, and the federal government became a promoter of the Grand Canyon, too. But perhaps the best promoters of the Grand Canyon were the people who wrote home on picture postcards telling their friends and families about the amazing canyon. A number of the postcards published about the park can be found within the pages of this book.

Chicago Skyscrapers in Vintage Postcards

Author: Leslie A. Hudson
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1439615152
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The skyscraper has changed the face of urban architecture--and it all started in Chicago. Born out of the ashes of Chicago's Great Fire of 1871, the first skyscraper, the Home Insurance Building located at the northeast corner of LaSalle and Adams Streets, was completed in 1885. Designed by William Le Baron Jenney, the nine-story building had a metal load-carrying structural frame, the development of which led to steel-frame skeletal construction and the taller skyscrapers that would follow. Much has changed in skyscraper construction since 1885. But Chicago's impressive urban landscape has maintained its important place in architectural history and today boasts the tallest skyscraper in North America, at 110 stories.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Author: Adam H. Alfrey
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 0738590711
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For centuries, the majesty and mystery of the Great Smoky Mountains have lured mankind. The Cherokee were among the first to build thriving communities here, and backcountry frontiersmen were next to put down roots. In time, visitors arrived, eager to take in the cool mountain air, and returned home with stories of "hillbillies." Then came those who used the mountains for their own advantages, such as lumber barons, armed with steam shovels and skidders. Eventually, civic boosters from western North Carolina and east Tennessee took note and began advocating for the protection of the Great Smoky Mountains. Before a national park could be established, though, there were competing interests to be sorted and a consideration of the lives affected.

Riverside in Vintage Postcards

Author: Steve Lech
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 9780738529783
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Riverside has been a vital center of agriculture and government throughout the growth of Southern California. Postcards sent from this city to those far away usually depict it as a resort, situated on the western edge of the Colorado Desert, where the historic Mission Inn has been a vacation destination for generations. Illustrating many facets of this world-renowned, garden-like gathering spot, these attractive images also showcase Riverside's Main Street, public buildings, parks, broad avenues, the sharply rising Mt. Rubidoux on the edge of town, and the influence of the citrus industry.

East Orange in Vintage Postcards

Author: Bill Hart
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 9780738504575
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By the close of the nineteenth century, East Orange was a community of mansions, tree-lined streets, and undisturbed serenity. With the addition of luxury apartment buildings in the 1920s and the continued development of Main Street and Central Avenue, East Orange quickly became one of the largest and busiest cities in New Jersey. East Orange captures the tranquillity and innocence of the city at the turn of the century. Over two hundred photo-postcards brilliantly illustrate the evolution of East Orange between 1900 and 1960, while fact-filled captions convey the passion of the residents for their hometown.

Elyria in Vintage Postcards

Author: Benjamin J. Mancine
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 9780738532707
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Elyria was settled on the Black River near two 40-foot waterfalls, which aided milling operations and encouraged industry. Its proximity to Lake Erie further promoted travel and trade. Elyria in Vintage Postcards picks up Elyria's history 90 years after her founding in 1817, when postcards were all the rage. This fashionable mode of communication resulted in the preservation of these images of historic Elyria. This book will take you on a tour of the town through vintage postcards. Visit Elyria's now-defunct movie theaters and hotels during their prime. View Black River bridges, old mills, and an early hydroelectric plant. Discover buildings that were destroyed by fire, bridges destroyed by flood, train wrecks, and devastating snowstorms. And take a rare peek inside Elyria's early businesses, schools, and churches.

Philadelphia s 1926 Sesqui Centennial International Exposition

Author: James D. Ristine
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 9780738565446
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In 1926, the city of Philadelphia hosted the Sesqui-Centennial International Exposition to honor the 150th anniversary of American independence. The exposition featured four major exhibition palaces where innovations and advancements in science, technology, education, industry, and agriculture were displayed. An additional fifth palace was dedicated to the fine arts, and foreign nations and individual states erected their own buildings as well. The expositions theme of patriotism was showcased through the re?created High Street of 1776, a favorite for many. Visitors were also entertained and delighted as they experienced areas known as Treasure Island and the Gladway, where all manner of amusements abounded. Crowds were drawn to the many sporting and cultural events held in the newly built stadium. Even the grounds of the navy yard were opened to the public, allowing citizens views of historic and modern naval vessels and military exhibits. By these offerings, and many others, the Sesqui-Centennial International Exposition celebrated the nations past, present, and future.

Birmingham

Author: J. D. Weeks
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 9780738503332
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At the start of the 20th century, Birmingham was one of the fastest growing cities in the South, sometimes referred to as the "Magic City." It began as a town located at the intersection of two railroads and then quickly expanded and took in neighboring communities. Around this time, photographers traveled around the United States taking photographs of towns and cities and turning the photographs into postcards. The postcards collected here show historic Birmingham's downtown, hospitals, parks, communities, schools, hotels, and industries. These images serve as a record of everyday life in this bustling Southern city.

Crystal Lake

Author: Diana L. Kenney
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 9780738560076
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Since 1835, when Ziba Beardsley declared, "The water is as clear as crystal," generations of people have enjoyed the area's spring-fed lake. The pages of this book take readers on a trip back through time to learn more about the twin towns of Nunda and Crystal Lake and their eventual union. Meet some of Crystal Lake's first settlers, as well as those who came later, and discover how they shaped the community. See photographs and descriptions of summer resorts, country clubs, parks, schools, and churches. Trace the development of both Virginia Street and the historic downtown district through vintage street scenes. Some of the buildings shown in Crystal Lake were removed long ago, yet others are still standing to serve as silent reminders of the community's rich and proud heritage.