Recalling pleasant things and taking the time to dwell on them.
Iowa City Penny Postcards – Old Capitol & Iowa Avenue.
As the old expression goes – a picture is worth a thousand words. And by 1900, penny postcards had become the primary way for everyday folks to quickly communicate both their important messages and their simply greetings.
(P-0270-e)From 1909 – this rare penny postcard features a view of Old Capitol as seen from Iowa Avenue – looking west. On the left is the Hall of Liberal Arts – Schaeffer Hall – and on the right, the Hall of Natural Science – MacBride Hall.
Over the next few posts, I’d like to share with you a unique look at Iowa City as our community appeared on countless penny postcards postmarked during the first twenty years of the 20th century. Without a doubt, the most photographed subject that graced these picture postcards was the Old Stone Capitol – so that’s where we’ll start. Enjoy the view!