Thursday, June 2, 2011

PRESCOTT, KANSAS - Prescott School

Real photo postcard of the grade school in Prescott, Kansas. This postcard is dated April 18, 1908, and was postmarked at Prescott. My mother, her sister, and both brothers attended grade school in this building in the late 1920s and early 1930s. The building is still standing today and serves as Prescott's public library.


Undivided back postcard showing businesses on Fifth Avenue in downtown Minier, Illinois. The postcard is dated June 22, 1910, and was postmarked at Minier.

BLOOMINGTON, ILLINOIS - Illinois Traction Depot

Divided back postcard showing the Illinois Traction Company Depot in Bloomington, Illinois. Next door is the newspaper office, The Pantagraph Bulletin. Postcard is postmarked at Bloomington and dated August 22, 1910.

PEKIN, ILLINOIS - Court Street

Divided back postcard showing businesses on Court Street in downtown Pekin, Illinois. The postcard, postmarked in Pekin and dated October 26, 1911, was published by The Albertype Co. of Brooklyn, NY.

PEKIN, ILLINOIS - Pekin Theatre

The old Pekin Theatre on South Capitol Street in downtown Pekin, Illinois. This postcard was published by Curteich Co. of Chicago, IL. It is postmarked at Pekin and dated July 1, 1941. The Pekin Theatre was built in 1928. The interior decor was Oriental, including ancient Chinese pagodas and Chinese goddess figures. Similar to other theaters of the late 1920s, the ceiling stars delivered the atmosphere to compliment the decor. The Pekin Theatre closed in 1980 and was demolished in 1987 to make way for the new police station.

PEORIA, ILLINOIS - Robertson Fieldhouse

Curteich chrome postcard of Robertson Memorial Fieldhouse on the Bradley University campus in Peoria, Illinois. Card is postmarked at Peoria and dated July 31, 1964. This postcard was published by Curteich Co. of Chicago, IL., and distributed locally by Hartman Bros. of Peoria. Robertson Fieldhouse was built inside two World War II airplane hangars in 1949 and was the home to Bradley's mens' basketball team, the Bradley Braves, until 1982. The Fieldhouse was demolished in 2008 to make way for a new student recreation and health center.


Plastichrome postcard showing businesses on NE Adams Street in downtown Peoria, Illinois. Identifiable businesses include Central Illinois Light Co., Brooks, Walgreens, Grant Store, and the Central National Bank. Card is dated on the back June 27, 1967. This postcard was produced by Colourpicture Publishers of Boston, MA., and was published by Springer Burkland in Peoria.