Our Iowa Heritage Index: Turn-Of-The-Century Penny Postcards.

As you can see, our growing website Our Iowa Heritage covers a lot of time (pre-1800 to the present) and a lot of people. We’ve written about famous people and the not-so-famous ones as well. Yet, despite a person’s prominence (or lack of it), everybody has a story. And as you read our posts, you’ll hopefully discover that everyone’s story is a good one. So, in order to better find these good stories and details surrounding them, we’ve added this INDEX of HISTORICAL ACCOUNTS to help you along the way. Enjoy your journey.

Our Iowa Heritage: An Introduction. We might suggest you start here! Here’s how & why I got started collecting stamps, coins, and other Iowa memorabilia.

Iowa City At The Turn-Of-The-Century. In just four unique postcard packets, we get 56 enlightening pictures of Iowa City and the SUI campus during the early 1900’s.

Penny Postcards – Old Capitol & Iowa Avenue. By 1900, penny postcards had become the primary way to communicate any message. And as the expression goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Here’s a look at Iowa City through a collection of penny postcards postmarked during the first twenty years of the 20th century – starting first with Old Capitol and Iowa Avenue.

Penny Postcards – The Center Of Iowa City. Next up – let’s spread out beyond Iowa Avenue – exploring the central section of downtown Iowa City.

Penny Postcards – Iowa City North. Next, let’s look at the area located north of downtown: The President’s Home, Terrell’s Mill, and some nice recreational spots on the Iowa River.

Penny Postcards – Iowa City South. Now, let’s finish up with the southern section of town – the Johnson County Court House, Rock Island Depot, and Sum Place on the Iowa River.

The “Miss Tillie” Penny Postcard Collection. From 1909 to 1913, Miss Tille Hansen of St. Louis was treated to a delightful series of penny postcards from her cousins and friends in Iowa City – one dozen little pieces of Hawkeye history from the turn of the century.

An Iowa City Turn-Of-The-Century Christmas. As we conclude our extensive look at Turn-of-the-Century penny postcards from Iowa City – let’s throw in some holiday spirit to make season bright.

The Wieneke Family – Iowa City’s Penny Postcard People. In 1863, H.J. Wieneke returned to Iowa City from the Civil War, becoming a tobacconist, opening a cigar shop on Clinton Street. By the end of the century, the Wieneke family had successfully cornered the penny-postcard market, working out of the popular St. James Hotel.

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