This penny postcard (above) advertised the Johnson County Fair in 1908…
At the turn of the century, penny postcards were the craze. For 1-cent, you could mail a beautiful postcard that had a scenic picture on one side and room for a brief message on the other. Postcard producers also took their most popular individual cards and put them in very popular souvenir sets. This 8-picture post card souvenir packet was produced using pictures taken around Iowa City in the early 1900’s.
(P-0009) Postcard Packet Eight-Set – Postmarked May 17, 1906.
The whole packet could be sent for one penny, unless you wrote a message, and then it would cost you two-cents. Our copy has a message in it, so it cost the sender 2-cents!
Here’s the eight sepia postcards inside:
Old Capitol (1840), Hall of Liberal Arts (Schaeffer Hall-1902)
Hall of Applied Science (Engineering Building – 1905), Iowa River scene.
College of Medicine (Anatomy Hall & Medical Lab – 1904), College of Dentistry (1894).
University Hospital (East Hall/Seashore Hall – 1898), Athletic Pavilion (Armory – 1905)
(P-0009a) 1907 “Seeing Iowa City, Ia” Penny Post Card Set. This unique postcard set features 24 mini B&W pics of Iowa City & University of Iowa.
Set One: High School (1909), SUI Pennant, Old Capitol (1840), Medical Building (Anatomy Hall & Medical Lab – 1904), Grammar School (1893), Clinton Street. Set Two: Science Hall (Geology – 1884), Hall of Natural Science (Macbride – 1906), Birdseye View of Iowa City, Washington Street, Homeopathic Hospital (1895), Public Library (1904). Set Three: YMCA (Close Hall – 1890), Scene on Iowa River, Interurban Railway (CRANDIC – 1904), Post Office (1904), Coldren Cottage, Gymnasium/Armory (1905). Set Four: Rock Island Depot (1898), City Hall on Washington Street (1881), Johnson County Court House (1901), Lovers Leap/Iowa River, Hall of Liberal Arts (Schaeffer – 1902), Coralville Dam (1844).
(P-0223) Circa 1910 – Twelve Mini-Picture Postcard Packet. Here’s a unique turn-of-the-century postcard packet that features 12 mini-pics of Iowa City.
Row One: Iowa City High School, Iowa Avenue Bridge, Carnegie Library. Row Two: Sum Place on the River, Post Office, Clinton Street. Row Three: Court House, Old Capitol, YMCA Building. Row Four: Hall of Liberal Arts, Hall of Applied Science, Medical Labratory.
(P-0194) Penny Postcard Christmas Greeting (1909) from “The Kid” – a care-free student at SUI: “Am alive and able to use as much bad language as ever. How are you and the rest of the bunch out that way (Solon). Now get a wiggle on you this trip or I’ll have to come and see you and you can guess what that means.”