Recalling pleasant things and taking the time to dwell on them.
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.
The cornerstone of the Old Capitol Building was laid in Iowa City on July 4, 1840. Iowa City served as the third and last territorial capital of Iowa, and the last four territorial legislatures met at the Old Capitol Building until December 28,1846, when Iowa was admitted into the United States as the 29th state of the union. 59 days after being admitted into the union, the state of Iowa passed legislation in the Old Capitol Building authorizing the formation of the state’s first public university. When the state government moved to Des Moines in 1857, the Old Stone Capitol Building became the first permanent building owned by the University of Iowa. Click here to read more.
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!