Iowa City, Johnson County, and Eastern Iowa history, as seen through the eyes of postage stamps, postcards, letters, coins, books, and other collectibles.
Our Iowa Heritage: 1900 – 1920 Iowa City – South.
Earlier, we showed you some postcard collections from the turn-of-the-century, so now let’s look at a few other spots around Iowa City as viewed through penny postcards from 1900-1920. Here’s the area South of the downtown area.
The Shrader Drug Company was established in 1899, located at 132 S. Clinton St. (see picture above on the left), but moved into the Hawthorne Glove and Novelty Company building (right) prior to World War I. This utilitarian three-story brick structure was built in 1906 and is located at 529 South Gilbert Street (Iowa City’s original railroad and industrial corridor). The rear of the building opened upon the rail sidings of a branch line of the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific railway.
The Rock Island Depot.
(P-0226)A shipment of sparkling California wine makes this Iowa City writer quite happy! Our postcard features the Rock Island Depot and is postmarked April 19, 1913, addressed to Mrs. J. Nachman, who is living the life of luxury in the swank Langham Hotel on Eddy Street in San Francisco. The hotel was built in 1908 and in its day, it was the cat’s meow. Today it’s still a hotel sitting in the Tenderloin District and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.
Dear Byrnie…consignment of wines rec’d in good & perfect condition…my Iowa City friends and I will surely have to order a carload of ice and Bromo (Seltzer) to cure the headache on the morning after the night before. Nothing like a sparkling glass of wine to drive away dull care, yes? With Love (Bell?)”
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