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: Iowa Celebrates: The 1920’s.
During the 1920’s, both Iowa City and the State University of Iowa (S.U.I) grew exponentially. And most of that growth happened on the west side of the Iowa River.
During the early 1920’s Old Capitol went through major renovations – with the pillars on the west side portico of the building finally added.
By 1915, after three wings had been added to the University Hospital, it had outgrown its facilities. When a 1919 state law required the hospital to accept patients statewide, and after receiving a donation for $2.25 million from the Rockefeller foundation, ground was broken (1926) for a seven-story, 770-bed modern hospital on the west side of the Iowa River.
(P-0083) Souvenir Folder of Iowa City, Iowa and University of Iowa (circa 1920’s).
Here’s some other exciting events across Iowa in the 1920’s…
One thousand years ago, 500 years before the arrival of Columbus in the New World, explorers landed on the shores of North America. These men were called Vikings and the leader of at least one expedition was an adventurous Norwegian by the name of Leif Ericson. He called the area “Vineland.” Eight-hundred years later, on October 9th, 1825, the first permanent Norwegian settlers sailed across the ocean into New York Harbor, ready to make America their home. For the 100th anniversary of the Norwegian immigration to America and almost 1,000 years after the Viking explorations, the United States honored both historic events with a beautifully engraved set of two bi-color stamps. It was called – appropriately – the Norse-American Issue and appeared for the first time on May 18, 1925.