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I’ve always wondered what filled all those multi-storied buildings in big cities around the turn of the century.  The Terminal Building for the Pacific Electric Railway, shown in the below vintage postcard, was such a building.  One of its occupants I found to be as interesting as the building itself – The Jonathan Club.

PE Terminal Building Postcard

Vintage Postcard of Pacific Electric Railway’s Terminal Building in Los Angeles. Published by Cardinell-Vincent Co.; printed in Germany.

Pacific Electric Railway Terminal Building

The Pacific Electric Building, also known as the Huntington Building, opened in 1905.  This ten-floor height building was the largest building in floor area west of Chicago for several decades.  It was also the terminal for the Pacific Electric Red Car Lines south and east of downtown Los Angeles.

With the increase in auto traffic in the 1920s, shared streets became congested.  In 1922, the California Railroad Commission issued Order No. 9928, which required the Pacific Electric Railway to construct a subway that bypassed these congested streets.

In 2005, the building was converted into live/work lofts.  The lobby currently houses artifacts from it’s days as an active railway terminal.  It’s nice to know this piece of history won’t be forgotten.

The Terminal Building’s Top Occupant

The top three floors of the Pacific Electric Railway Terminal Building were occupied by one of Los Angeles’ leading businessman’s clubs – The Jonathan Club until 1925.  Historical evidence supported this private club’s roots as being named after Brother Jonathan, the caricature predecessor to Uncle Sam.

Brother Jonathan was a good natured parody of all New England who came into use during the American War for Independence.  He wore striped pants, somber overcoat, and a stove-pipe hat.  Interesting that a club based out west, names itself after a caricature with ties to the east.  After 1865, Brother Jonathan’s clothing was emulated by Uncle Sam.

(Many more antique and vintage postcards can be enjoyed by visiting my store, Remember When Vintage Postcards.)

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Ever wonder what became of the buildings on old vintage postcards?  Are you curious to know if they still stand?  In my previous blog post, I showed two hotels; The Elms Hotel in Excelsior Springs, MO and The Durant Hotel in Fling, MI – Hotel Old Vintage Postcards – Then and Now .  I continue my series of blog posts on “then and now” old buildings pictured on vintage postcards with the below sanitarium also known as Hell House.

Mudcura Sanitarium, Shakopee, MN  Then…

Mudcura Sanitarium, Shakopee, MN

Vintage postcard of Mudcura Sanitarium, Shakopee, MN, postmarked 1939

This building had originally been a sanitarium for rheumatoid arthritics in the early 1900’s.  People took mud baths in mud from the nearby sulfur springs in hopes of relief from pain.  When this went out of style, it became a monastery.

Mudcura Sanitarium, Shakopee, MN  1997…

Mudcura Sanitarium in 1997 after arson fire

Mudcura Sanitarium in 1997 after arson fire

Prior to this suspicious fire in 1997, it still looked very depressing (inside and out).  Yes, the floors were unsafe and there was a hole in the roof from a previous fire, but I don’t believe it would’ve been considered a complete tear down. 

As for the Hell House designation…  At some point after the building was abandoned, someone had painted “hell house” across the top of the front.  Kind of fits as the building does look creepy.

Be sure to stop back on August 12th, when I share a curious postcard message.

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I came across a special vintage patriotic postcard with a type of postmark I had heard about, but not seen.  The postcard was hand stamped “Soldiers Mail, Capt. E.W. Hamlen, O.M.R.”.  Below is a picture of both the front and back for those who havenot seen this type postmark.

Archie Gunn Postcard The Sentry Moon

Archie Gunn Postcard The Sentry Moon

The above postcard, with soldiers mail hand stamp, was sent by W.E. Conner of the 108th U.S. Engineers.  W.E. writes that he arrived safe and sound (doesn’t mention where), and that everything is fine. I imagine this news was a great relief to the recipient, Miss Elsie Hankey.

(The above vintage postcard was artist signed by Archie Gunn.  Many more artist signed and patriotic postcards can be found in my store, Remember When Vintage Postcards.)

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I ran across this beautiful poem on the back of an embroidered silk vintage birthday postcard in a lot I recently bought.  Enjoy!

1915 Embroidered Silk Birthday Postcard, made in Germany.

“…Your Birthday is never forgotten, neither are you.
       And this little card brings with it a greeting true.
       God Bless you tis a simple word 
       But simple prayers in heaven are heard
       So mine shall surely bring to thee
       A Birthday blessing rich and free…”

For those of you who celebrate your birthday this month, Happy Birthday!

** This and other vintage birthday postcards can be found in my store, Remember When Vintage Postcards.  Also, we post a picture of an antique or vintage postcard’s back when listing it for sale.  If curious, stop by for a visit and browse our postcards to see what was written on their backs.

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I am fascinated with Victorian fashions.  My many blog posts on the subject attest to that.  I believe Victorian fashions have more personality and style than many of today’s fashions.  Sorry Lady Gaga.  However, today’s blog post is about the opposite.  It is about a piece of clothing with no personality or style.  This blog post is about a Victorian era hat called a “mob cap”. 

The mob cap is simple and serves a basic function – to keep a servant’s hair clean.  The woman in the below vintage postcard is wearing a hat similar to a mop cap (minus the flowers).  It looks rather plain in comparison to other Victorian era hats with feathers and ribbons. 

Lady vintage postcard published by Ullman

1913 vintage postcard published by Ullman of lady wearing hat similar to a mob cap.

* More vintage postcards of woman wearing Victorian fashions can be found in my web store, Remember When Vintage Postcards.

* Be sure to stop back in a couple of days to find out a postcard message’s contribution to winter in April 1909 Redwood Falls, MN.

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Winsch St. Patricks Day Postcard, Gold Shamrock Pipe

1910 Winsch St. Patrick's Day postcard printed in Germany

I was curious why the shamrocks on some of the St. Patrick’s Day postcards listed for sale in my store had 3 leaves, and others 4.  I went looking for the answer.

Did you know that the Shamrock, a summer plant with 3 not 4 leaves, was believed by those in ancient Ireland to have magical powers?  These people also believed the number 3 was a powerful number.

I never did find out why the shamrocks on some antique and vintage postcards were 4 leaf, but  I learned something today.  Cool.

Winsch St. Patricks Day Postcard, Shamrock Harp

Winsch St. Patrick's Day postcard printed in Germany

   * Be sure to stop back in a couple of days to find out who got left behind, and who’s taken aback.

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Railroad Depot Postcard, Pocatello, ID

Oregon Short Line Depot in Pocatello, Idaho. Built in 1884 in the second empire style; expanded and improved in 1915. This postcard was published by the Gray News Co. of Salt Lake City.

Pocatello, an Idaho railroad town established in 1892, held its first election in 1893.  This town of over 3ooo elected a mayor with quite an eventful history, Edward Stein.  

A Revolutionary’s Bribe

Edward’s grandfather, Baron Von Stein, was thrown in prison for following reformer (or revolutionary) Carl Schurz.  Edward was educated at the Prussian University.  His republican tendencies led him to become interested in America.  In 1871, he boarded a steamer for New York – without a passport.  A passport would have led to German military service for Edward. 

The steamer’s officers were warned he didn’t have a passport, but demanded to see one anyway.  After a rather vocal search, Edward had no choice but to hand over the “packet” in his pocket.  It contained the money his father had given him to start out in America.  The bribe worked.

A Highwayman’s Good Deed

Edward made it to Chicago, where his limited funds finally failed.  This resulted in pawning the last of his belongings.  While wondering the streets of Chicago, a highwayman stuck a gun in his face ordering “hands up”.  After learning Edward was penniless, the highwayman bought him a meal.  He also told Edward where to find a job.  This was ironic coming from a highwayman.

So in 1893- a man with a titled past, who bribed a steamer officer to avoid German military service, and got robbed by a highwayman with a conscience was elected the first mayor of Pocatello, Idaho.

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