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February 8, 2010

Postcard of the Week: Bellingrath Gardens in Mobile, Alabama 1959

Filed under: Alabama,Places To Visit,Postcards — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

This week’s postcard was sent to Mrs. E. P. Bejot in Ainsworth, Nebraska on June 23, 1959.

Bellingrath Gardens Mobile, Alabama

The postcard reads:

Bellingrath Gardens, Mobile, Ala.

Fountain and Courtyard, looking toward the Isle-Au-Oies River along one of the picturesque flagstone walks.

Pub. by Deep South Specialties, Inc., P.O. Box 1802, Jackson, Miss.

Color photo by WM. W. Lavendar

Bellingrath Gardens Mobile Alabama

The letter to Mrs. Bejot reads:

Henrie has a 3 Day Pass, so we drove over here this a.m. to visit some of the interesting places. Went thru these 60 acres of Bellingrath Gardens this afternoon – really fabulous. Stopped at Pensacola as they came over, went thru old J. R. Pickens, etc. – will go back tomorrow. Is pretty hot here now but am so thankful for air conditioners – have a good one in motel where we are staying tonite. Hope all are well.

Love, Pearle

Pearle sent many postcards to Mrs. Bejot over the years and this one is beautiful. She must have been a devoted friend/daughter/sister. However they were related, Mrs. Bejot saved Pearle’s postcards with care.

Bellingrath Gardens still enthralls visitors today.


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Bellingrath Gardens
12401 Bellingrath Road, Theodore, AL
Phone: (251) 973-2217‎

Here is a slideshow of photos from the gardens:

February 1, 2010

Postcard of the Week: Logging Truck October 1963

Filed under: Places To Visit,Postcards,Washington — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

This week’s postcard was sent to Mrs. Eugene Bejot in Ainsworth, Nebraska on October 1963.

Logging Truck Washington

The postcard reads:

Logging Truck

One of the most thrilling sights in the West is these large diesel trucks hauling logs on mountain roads.

Postcard to Mrs. Eugene Bejot

The letter to Mrs. Bejot reads:

Wed a.m.

Hi: Wish you were here! It has been warm and sunny. Watched the bowling games last nite. Melvin plays. Gail will be 13 tomorrow and we are going to her b.d. party Thurs eve. Mildred and I have just been to the store, they do have such nice grocery stores here and close enough to walk to. Will be leaving Seattle at 8 am Sunday.

Bye now, Maude

The postmark is from Everett Washington, which is a small town north of Seattle.


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January 27, 2010

Postcard of the Week: Seattle’s World Fair 1962

Filed under: Places To Visit,Postcards,Washington — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

This week’s postcard was sent to Mrs. E. P. Bejot in Ainsworth, Nebraska on July 11, 1962.

Postcard of the Week: Seattle's World's Fair 1962

The postcard reads:

Seattle World’s Fair from Queen Ann

Color photo by Mike Roberts

Postcard of the Week: Seattle's World Fair 1962

The letter to Mrs. Bejot reads:

Dear Grace,

I hope all is well with you but I know it’s a big worry with Gene sick. I went to the fair one day and want to go again. Was clear up on top of the tall Space Needle. Wonderful views up there. Nearly 4 million folks have been there all ready. Is not expensive as was rumored. I’ll write soon.

Love, Calla L.

The Space Needle has become Seattle’s most recognizable landmark, but it was built for the 1962 World’s Fair. You can find out more here:

The Century 21 Exposition (also known as the Seattle World’s Fair) was a World’s Fair held April 21, 1962, to October 21, 1962 in Seattle, Washington, USA.[1][2] Nearly ten million people attended the fair.[3] Unlike some other World’s Fairs of its era, Century 21 ran a profit.[3]

As planned, the exposition left behind a fairground and numerous public buildings and public works; some credit it with revitalizing Seattle’s economic and cultural life (see History of Seattle since 1940).[4] The fair saw the construction of the Space Needle and Alweg monorail, as well as several sports venues and performing arts buildings (most of which have since been replaced or heavily remodeled). The site, slightly expanded since the fair, is now called Seattle Center; the United States Science Pavilion is now the Pacific Science Center. Another notable Seattle Center building, the Experience Music Project, was deliberately designed to fit in with the fairground atmosphere, but was built nearly 40 years later.

You can still visit the Space Needle today and go “clear up on top.”

From the top of the Needle, one can see not only the Downtown Seattle skyline, but also the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, Mount Rainier, Mount Baker, Elliott Bay and surrounding islands. Photographs of the Seattle skyline often show the Space Needle in a prominent position, even appearing to tower above the rest of the city’s skyscrapers, as well as Mount Rainier in the background. This occurs because the tower, which is equivalent in height to a 60-story building, stands roughly four-fifths of a mile (1.3 km) northwest of most downtown skyscrapers.

Where: Space Needle‎
400 Broad St, Seattle, WA‎ Google Map
Phone: (206) 905-2100‎


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December 30, 2009

Postcard of the Week: Logan Canyon 1943

Filed under: Places To Visit,Postcards,Utah — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

This week’s postcard was sent to Mrs. Natalie Donovan in Cleveland, Ohio on October 23, 1943.

Postcard of the Week: Logan Canyon 1943 by LauraMoncur from Flickr

The postcard reads:

Looking down Logan Canyon, near Ogden and Logan, Utah

Only a few minutes from the business center of Ogden, this canyon is one of the main scenic attractions of Utah. Fully paved, it affords a beautiful route to Snow Basin and Monte Christo parks in the recreational area.

Pub. by Ogden News Co., Ogden, Utah
Natural color post card made in U.S.A. by E. C. Kropp Co., Milwaukee, Wis. – (EAL)

Postcard of the Week: Logan Canyon 1943 by LauraMoncur from Flickr

The letter to Mrs. Natalie Donovan reads:

Hello Natalie,

Passing thru Utah now. Mountain scenery is gorgeous. Wish you were along with me.

Will write later, and tell you all about everything.

Love, Evelyn

Logan Canyon is still a pretty mountain drive, even today. You can read more about it here:


Where: Logan Canyon, Utah


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December 23, 2009

Postcard of the Week: Birmingham, Alabama

Filed under: Alabama,Places To Visit,Postcards — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

This postcard was sent from Birmingham, Alabama to Mrs. E. P. Bejot back on March 5, 1958.

Postcard of the Week: Birmingham, Alabama by LauraMoncur from Flickr

The postcard reads:

VULCAN – GOD OF METALS. This Gigantic Statue, the largest cast figure in the world, is located in Vulcan Park atop Red Mountain overlooking Birmingham, AL. The Statue is made of Birmingham iron and stands 55 feet from foot to outstretched arm and weights a total of 100 tons. The head alone weighs 6 tons, its foot 5 tons and the thumb 170 pounds. It is mounted on a base 124 feet high made of Red Mountain Limestone quarried from the mountain on which it stands. The total height of the base and statue is 179 feet. The statue was sculptured by G. Moretti and cast in Birmingham in 1903 from iron ore taken from Red Mountain and was sent to St. Louis in 1904 for exhibit during the Louisiana Purchase Exposition. Upon its return it was placed in the Fair Grounds where it remained until 1935, at which time through the work and co-operation of the Birmingham Kiwanis and the City Commission it was placed atop Red Mountain where it stands today, a symbol to the Magic City, Steel Center of the South. VULCAN holds a torch in his uplifted hand which burns green when there is no traffic fatality in metropolitan Birmingham and burns red for 24 hours when a traffic fatality occurs.

Postcard of the Week: Birmingham, Alabama by LauraMoncur from Flickr

The letter to Mrs. E. P. Bejot reads:

Mon. 11 am

We are on our way home from Decatur, Alabama. 90 miles north of here. Came up Sat. and had a grand visit with Lois and John Skuba. Harry came with us. We have a little one. 300 miles to go yet. Wonderful country up here – different from any we’ve been yet. Hope you are all fine.

Pearle

Heince took pictures of this state.

Lois and John were so glad to see us as they are far from home – don’t get to see many friends from very often.

Vulcan Park (Birmingham, Alabama) by cseeman from FlickrVulcan is STILL the largest cast iron statue in the world and it is still in Vulcan Park in Birmingham, Alabama. In 1999, it was in a state of disrepair and a huge renovation project took five years to restore it. You can find out more information here:

Ironically, the postcard from Pearle to Mrs. Bejot didn’t show the statue in its best light. You can see much better photographs of it on Flickr:


Where: Vulcan Park
1701 Valley View Drive
Birmingham, AL 35209-1214 Google Map
(205) 933-1409

Vulcan Park and Museum – Home

October 25, 2007

Postcard of the Week: Timpanogos Cave

Filed under: Hiking,Places To Visit,Postcards,Utah — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

Jared, our friend, is only four years old, but he has been diligently practicing his writing. He sent us this postcard last month and we were delighted!

Here’s the front:

Timpanogos Cave Front

Here’s the back:

Timpanogos Cave Back

The postcard reads:

Timpanogos Cave National Monument Utah: A column guards the entrance to a lighted alove against the greenish flowstone and drapery-covered wall of the Big Room in Middle Cave. Photographer – William Hendricks

They write:

Dear Laura and Mike,

I opened the door to the cave.

Love, Jared


Please send me a postcard from your travels or your hometown. If you do and it’s interesting, I will publish your postcard on Starling Travel.

Send your postcards to:

Starling Travel
Attention: Laura Moncur
P.O. Box 522032
Salt Lake City, Utah 84152

It’s like sending a postcard to the whole world when you go on vacation. It’s like bragging about your hometown to the everyone on the planet.

August 10, 2007

Postcard of the Week: Savannah

Filed under: Postcards — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

We asked Mike’s parents to send us a postcard when they went to Savannah, Georgia and this is what we got!

Here’s the front:

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Here’s the back:

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I love this postcard because it’s not only pretty, but it has a recipe. Of course, any recipe that requires a double broiler is going to go unmade in my house, but it’s still nice to see.


Please send me a postcard from your travels or your hometown. If you do and it’s interesting, I will publish your postcard on Starling Travel.

Send your postcards to:

Starling Travel
Attention: Laura Moncur
P.O. Box 522032
Salt Lake City, Utah 84152

It’s like sending a postcard to the whole world when you go on vacation. It’s like bragging about your hometown to the everyone on the planet.

August 3, 2007

Postcard of the Week: Mammoth Hot Springs

Filed under: Postcards — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

We didn’t realize how many postcards were waiting for us in our P.O. Box, so when we went to Yellowstone, we sent one to ourselves. Plus, we love Mammoth Hot Springs so much!

Here’s the front:

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Here’s the back:

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The postcard reads:

Yellowstone National Park
Minerva Terrace
Minerva Terrace, with its colorful variety of delicately crusted pools and runoffs is one of the major terrace attractions at Mammoth Hot Springs of Yellowstone National Park. Dictated by the different water temperatures, the algae that thrive there give the terraces their color. The Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and fine restaurant stand one third of a mile away.

Mike wrote:

Mammoth Hot Springs looks like an alien landscape!

We actually prefer Canary Hot Springs because it’s more active than Minerva Terrace right now, but there were no postcards for Canary Hot Springs.


Please send me a postcard from your travels or your hometown. If you do and it’s interesting, I will publish your postcard on Starling Travel.

Send your postcards to:

Starling Travel
Attention: Laura Moncur
P.O. Box 522032
Salt Lake City, Utah 84152

It’s like sending a postcard to the whole world when you go on vacation. It’s like bragging about your hometown to the everyone on the planet.

July 27, 2007

Postcard of the Week: Chicago

Filed under: Illinois,Places To Visit,Postcards — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

Here is another huge postcard from Chicago. It’s really cool, too, because it’s not just a rectangle. It’s shaped like the building.

Here’s the front:

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Here’s the back:

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The postcard reads:

Chicago
Printed in Canada

They write:

We went to Alinea Restaurant today.
This is the best restaurant in the nation. Anyone who can, should go!


Please send me a postcard from your travels or your hometown. If you do and it’s interesting, I will publish your postcard on Starling Travel.

Send your postcards to:

Starling Travel
Attention: Laura Moncur
P.O. Box 522032
Salt Lake City, Utah 84152

It’s like sending a postcard to the whole world when you go on vacation. It’s like bragging about your hometown to the everyone on the planet.

July 20, 2007

Postcard of the Week: Millennium Park, Chicago

Filed under: Illinois,Places To Visit,Postcards — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

This postcard is HUGE! You really need to click over to Flickr to see it full size.

Here’s the front:

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Here’s the back:

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The postcard reads:

Millennium Park – Chicago
Cloud Gate, Millennium Monument-Peristyle, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, BP Bridge
Millennium Park in Chicago is a 21st century center for world-class art, music, architecture and landscape design.

They write:

We walked around this park today.
It was amazing!


Please send me a postcard from your travels or your hometown. If you do and it’s interesting, I will publish your postcard on Starling Travel.

Send your postcards to:

Starling Travel
Attention: Laura Moncur
P.O. Box 522032
Salt Lake City, Utah 84152

It’s like sending a postcard to the whole world when you go on vacation. It’s like bragging about your hometown to the everyone on the planet.

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