I just bought a collection of real photo postcards that has me going, “Wow”; talk about a piece of social history. In this collection were three real photo postcards of soldiers at Camp Logan. This World War 1 army training camp in Houston, TX gained notoriety in August 1917 for a race related riot, and again the following year for the first widespread local outbreak of the Spanish Flu.
I kept thinking, while reading an article about Camp Logan on Wikipedia, why wasn’t this taught to us in American history class? Yes, it was one of the saddest chapters in the history of American race relations. If we are to learn from what happened during the Houston Riot of 1917 we need to be told about it. History was not meant be swept under the rug. This is why postcards are so important.
As for the soldiers in the real photo postcard above… Hopefully they weren’t amongst the 48 soldiers from Camp Logan that died during the Spanish Flu outbreak of 1918.
** Be sure to stop by the blog, The Best Hearts Are Crunchy, to view the many postcards shared on Postcard Friendship Friday.
** You can find the above real photo postcard and others for sale in our store, Remember When Vintage Postcards.