Friday, September 30, 2011

The Great Masterpiece - Lake Wales, Florida

Today we have a postcard book, a panoramic postcard and a giant postcard from The Great Masterpiece, an extinct attraction in Lake Wales, Florida.  In 2009 I posted a couple of the images from the postcard book (I don't know why I didn't do the whole thing) but today I'll post the complete thing.

Beautiful Garden View
The Great Masterpiece, Lake Wales, Florida
"The Last Supper" - The Great Masterpiece

Large Cypress Tree at the Great Masterpiece
Historic Fort Clinch at the Great Masterpiece
Mosaic reproduction of the Great Masterpiece

Mosaic Reproduction of the Great Masterpiece
The Glass Blowers at the Great Masterpiece

The Last Supper at the Great Masterpiece, Lake Wales
Spook Hill near the Great Masterpiece

Beautiful crimson Bougainvillea at the Great Masterpiece
Mosaic wall plaques from the mosaic gift center at the Great Masterpiece

The beautiful Court of Flags, at the famous Great Masterpiece, one of Florida's leading attractions.

Fort Clinch - Reconstructed December, 1954 - one of the extra attractions on the grounds of the Great Masterpiece, Lake Wales, Florida.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Lumberton, North Carolina

Located on U.S. 301 - Interstate 95 - N.C. 211 in Lumberton, North Carolina.  50 New Ultra-Modern Units offering the Traveler Perfection in Exquisite Surroundings.  Our Bridal Suite, with circular bed, is the talk of the Southland.  Featuring Henry Johnson's Restaurant.
Lumberton, North Carolina

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


To Jeer and Gloat, May Not Be Nice, I'll Take the Sun, You Take the Ice

Tropical Trees of Florida

Florida is a delighfully sunny place, fashioned by nature in her happiest mood, endowed with super fine gifts of climate, beauty and salt-ladened health-giving winds and smiling skies.

Bleeding Heart Doves at the Rare Bird Farm, 10 miles south of Miami.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


Autumn inlet, Kennebunkport

Riverside Motel
Ogunquit, Maine 03907
The only Motel overlooking Perkins Cove
37 beautifully decorated units..wall to wall carpeting..tiled bath with tub and shower..color TV..Individually controlled heat and air conditioning..private sun deck for each unit..every room overlooking picturesque Perkins Cove..Free Continental Breakfast..Ample parking

Monday, September 26, 2011


Most any night - winter or summer - you can stand along this causeway and silhouette yourself against a sky which God has created to show Florida in its proper setting.

Travelers Palm in Florida

Suga' Cane Sho' Am Good!
Down in Florida

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Thelemarken, Norway

Thelemarken, Norway.

Saturday, September 24, 2011


(Sanibel and Captiva Island)
The ceaseless tide washes ashore hundreds of species of sea shells along the lower Gulf Coast of Florida.  Shells of brilliant colors are found here, the rarer species going to collectors and museums, while the commoner types are shipped by the barrel to manufacturers of shell art novelties.  Shell collecting is becoming a popular hobby.

Tarpon in Mid-Air, a Thrill to all Florida Fishermen

Bass Fishing in Florida's Scenic Inland Lakes

Friday, September 23, 2011

Assorted Connecticut

Capriccio Restaurant
626 Franklin Ave.   Hartford, Conn.
Luncheon - Dinner - Cocktails served daily in a romantic Italian Atmosphere.
Party Facilities up to 70.  Closed Monday.
Your Host Giovanni Giuseppe

USS Nautilus (SSN571)
The world's first nuclear powered vessel shown here as a designated National Historic Landmak, on the river Thames in Groton, Connecticut.  The city that built her now displays her; officially retired and basking in her limelight.

The three-masted bark Charles W. Morgan is the centerpiece of Mystic Seaport.  Built in New Bedford, MA, in 1841, the Morgan sailed for 80 years.  The ship is the sole survivor of the 19th century Yankee whaling fleet.

Gelston House
Next to Goodspeed Opera House, overlooking Connecticut River.
East haddam, Connecticut 06423
Lunches, Dinners, Banquets

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Florida Fauna

The Alligator is a native of the Florida Everglades.  For some time its skin has been fashionably used in the manufacture of bags, shoes, etc., and with this increasing use they had been hunted until they were almost extinct.  To remedy this situation and supply the demand, several thriving Alligator farms are now in operation, where the breeding and care of alligators is the main industry.

A hungry alligator in Florida

A Flamingo nesting in Florida

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Chicago, Illinois

These cards are all postmarked between 1906 and 1908.

City Hall and Court House, Chicago

The Montgomery Ward & Co. Building, Chicago
One of the Largest Commercial Buildings in the World

Bridge in Garfield Park, Chicago, Ill.

Park Scene, Chicago.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Florida Space Coast

National Aeronautics And Space Administration's "Mercury-Redstone" being readied for launch at the Air Force Missile Test Center's Cape Canaveral launch site.

John F. Kennedy Space Center
The movement of the first fully integrated Apollo/Saturn V configuration from the Vehicle Assembly Building to Launch Pad A is a major milestone in the nation's commitment to a lunar expedition, and is the first full scale demonstration of the mobile launch concept.

John F. Kennedy Space Center
Saturn IB space vehicle carrying Apollo 7 Astronauts Walter M. Schirra, Jr., Donn F. Eisele and Walter Cunningham lifts off from Launch Complex 34.  Camera captures rocket clearing its 240-foot-high umbilical tower.

Monday, September 19, 2011

The Netherlands

Both of these cards have some damage to them.  Several cards in this bunch that I obtained had at one time or another been stuck together and then torn apart.  I'm only guessing that the second card is from the Netherlands as it has the same manufacturer markings on the reverse as the other card does.  They are postmarked 1907 and 1908.


Sunday, September 18, 2011

Cypress Gardens November 1991

I think 1991 was the last time I went to Cypress Gardens until 2004 when it reopened as Cypress Gardens Adventure Park.  These pictures come from that day.  I think this may have been during the annual Mum festival.

Italian Fountains

Italian Fountains.

Actually located outside the park on the rim of an old sinkhole that had been transfomed into a circular parking area.

Mediterranean Falls

Mediterranean Falls

Resting on the lawn with the Gardens of the World in the background.

Southern Belles.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Searcy, Arkansas

Searcy, Ark.          Presbyterian Church

Spring Park, Searcy, Ark.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Key West, Florida

Pirates Alley
Key West, Florida
Near the historic, old waterfront of Key West where pirates once roamed, Pirates Alley has been created in the English-Spanish architectural tradition.  It is at the Conch Tour Train starting point and comprises old fashioned ice cream parlor, cigar factory, bookstore, shell shop, pottery shop and native restaurant.

The Hemingway House - this picturesque home where Ernest Hemingway wrote some of his famous novels, is open to the public.

Conch shell sellers in quaint old Key West, Florida, are at the Southernmost point of land, in the Southernmost city.  These shells abound in waters adjacent to the Island, and figure prominently in the Island's economy, and history.  The City flag is adorned with a conch shell and many of the foods that are typical here combine the flesh of the conch.

Smathers Beach
Key West, Florida
Named after former Senator George Smathers, this beach was constructed at South Roosevelt Boulevard on the Atlantic Ocean side.  Offshore are beatiful white natural sand bars and many shoals where snorkelers may view tropical fish and shells.  The beach is situated between East Martello and West Martello Tower museums.