Tuesday, March 25, 2014

RPPC - The Kalakala Ferry - Puget Sound, Washington

The Kalakala was a ferry that operated on Puget Sound from 1935 until her retirement in 1967. Kalakala was notable for her unique streamlined superstructure, art deco styling, and luxurious amenities. The vessel was a popular attraction for locals and tourists, and was voted second only to the Space Needle in popularity among visitors to Seattle during the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. The ship is known as the world's first streamlined vessel for her unique art deco styling.

After nearly being scrapped, the Kalakala is being restored

On or about January 22nd 2015 the Kalakala will take her final voyage. She will be towed from her moorage in the Hylebos Waterway to the Blair Waterway where she will be scrapped


Sunday, March 16, 2014

The Glidden Tour - Detroit to Denver

The American Automobile Association (AAA) sponsored the Glidden Tour. The name "Glidden" comes from Charles J. Glidden, a wealthy New England industrialist and avid automobile supporter, who became the most notable when he offered a $2,000 trophy to the AAA to be competed for by the touring cars.

The race itself  began on July 12th, 1909, but, being designated the pathfinder vehicle, the E-M-F ventured out 3 months earlier on April 12th with tour officials to measure, map and photograph the tour route in time for publication for all tour participants. 

Oddfellows Hall, Union Lodge #1 - Denver Colorado

Although this 40's linen postcard is for the Oddfellows Hall, I believe Le Moine's appliance store got some free advertising!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

"The Most Varied Trip in Holland" - Circular Tours

I don't have but a hand-full of foreign postcards in my collection and will be the first foreign card that I've posted on Postcards Etcetera. I like this card on several levels. It's a transportation themed card which is one of my favorite topics to collect. I also love the look of this card. The circular design, the cities shown with the modes of transportation between them is very cool.

Hotel Shaw - San Francisco, California - 1942

The Hotel Shaw was built in 1909, originally as a two story office building named the Capitol Building. In 1936, five additional floors were added and it became a first class four star property. In the 1920's to 1940's, the hotel catered to the rich and well to do. It remained the Shaw Hotel up until the late 1970's. The name changed to Miramar Hotel and then the U.N.Plaza Hotel in the 1980's. It is now the Renoir Hotel.