Thursday, January 2, 2014

Business District, Santa Monica, California

This view is looking east from the intersection of 2nd Street and Santa Monica Blvd, For those of you who know downtown Santa Monica, you can see the marque of the Majestic Theater on the right. This card is from the M. Kashower Co. who published cards from 1914-1934. This non-postally used card looks to be circa the mid 1920's

Running the Rapids, Ausable Chasm, New York


Ausable Chasm is a sandstone gorge tourist attraction near Keeseville, New York. The Ausable River runs through it, which then empties into Lake Champlain. You gotta love the hats, ties and dresses worn for the river ride!

The catalog number on this Detroit "Phostint" postcard dates it as being published between 1909-1910.

Long Beach, California Earthquake - 1933

The Long Beach earthquake of 1933 took place on March 10, 1933 with a magnitude of 6.4, causing widespread damage to buildings throughout Southern California. An estimated fifty million dollars' worth of property damage resulted, and 120 lives were lost. Many of these fatalities occurred as people ran out of buildings and were hit by falling debris. 

The earthquake highlighted the need for earthquake-resistant design for structures in California. So many school buildings were damaged, with more than 230 school buildings that either were destroyed, suffered major damage, or were judged unsafe to occupy, that the Field Act was passed by the California State Legislature on April 10, 1933. The Field Act mandated that school buildings must be earthquake-resistant. If the earthquake had occurred during school hours, the death toll would have been much higher.

Greetings from Fort Devens, Massachusetts

Four linen postcards of Fort Devens, Massachusetts from Tichnor Bros. of Boston