Friday

Vintage Postcards - Then and Now

As I send out vintage postcards I wonder what the picture would look like today. Thanks to Google images I can often find a more recent photo taken at or near the postcard image site. And for the sites that no longer exist I can learn what happened to them.

Astoria Column Information Center

Astoria Column Information Center, Oregon Postcard
Astoria Column Information Center, Oregon Postcard

Here's a more recent photo of the Sitka Spruce. It's from a different angle, seems like the photographer might be standing right where the Visitor's Center was.


Sitka Spruce photo found on the web

City of Portland Streamliner

City of Portland Streamliner eastbound on the Columbia River Postcard
This image was circa 1955. Union Pacific Railroad and Chicago and North Western Railway operated the train between Chicago & Portland. When it began running in June 1935 it took 39:45 hours, and in February 1947 began to run daily. Notable on the train is the dome observation lounge and dining car. The dome dining car was unique to Union Pacific and were only on this train and the City of Los Angeles. train. The train was discontinued in 1971 with the start of Amtrak.

Morton Hall, Naval Submarine Base, New London, Groton, Connecticut

Morton Hall Postcard
Morton Hall Postcard
Info on the card: "This gymnasium is used for numerous indoor sports. In front are seen two 6-inch deck guns from the U.S.S. Narwhal, which fired the first American shells to land on Japan in World War II. 

The card is available here for $14.95 (which is more than I paid for the stack of 80 cards I found this one in.) It went off to Hong Kong today for a Postcrossing swap.

Morton Hall
In this recent photo things haven't changed much.

Portland Zoological Gardens, Portland, Oregon

BELLE is showing her tricks to a delighted audience. With her is son PACKY, and Rosy and Pet, both expecting.
BELLE is showing her tricks to a delighted audience. With her is son PACKY, and Rosy and Pet, both expecting.
I'm not sure of the date of this card, but Packy does have a Wikipedia Page! Packy was born April 14, 1962 and today is the oldest living male Asian elephant in North America. Belle died in 1997 at the age of 45 from a foot infection. Packy's birth in captivity was very unusual at the time, and was celebrated in an 11 page spread in Life Magazine.

W'eel Turtle Country, Dunseith, ND 58329

World's Largest man-made turtle.
World's Largest man-made turtle.
From the card: "Erected as a novelty in 1982 by George Gottbrecht, owner of Dale's Thrifty Barn, a convenience store, restaurant and motel. The W'eel Turtle consists of over 2,000 steel w'eels, stands 2 stories tall. The head weighs over 1 ton and moves. It is located 12 miles from the International Peace Garden and 30 miles from Boissevain, Manitoba, home of the world-renowned Turtle Derby. It is truly magnificent and a sight to see as it salutes the Turtle Mountains."

W'eel Turtle in 2010
W'eel Turtle in 2010
It's still a roadside attraction today. Nothing much as changed. These days at Christmas time it wears a red Santa hat.

George Gottbrecht is a longtime resident of Dunseith, his 8th birthday party made the paper:

The internet is truly a wondrous thing.....






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