Monday, October 31, 2011

Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
Cristo Chapel (1753)

Fort San Cristobal
Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
This scene can be seen during the light and sound show.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Weeki Wachee

Entrance to the underwater theatre with the ballet troupe on the roof of the building where spectators may see the thrilling performances of amazing feats of grace and endurance in the crystal clear waters of Weeki Wachee Springs, Florida

Spectators in the Underwater Theatre at Weeki Wachee Spring, Florida, enjoying the thrill packed show.

A lovely mermaid swimming in the crystal clear waters at famous Weeki Wachee Springs, Florida.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Little Round Top and the Warren Monument, Gettysburg, PA.
Some of the hardest fighting in the three days battle at Gettysburg developed around this point.  From its summit, you overlook the Devil's Den, the Valley of Death, the Wheatfield and the Peach Orchard - all synonmous terms in the history of the great battle.

Spangler's Spring, Gettysburg, PA.
This spring, at the foot of Culp's Hill furnished water for the wounded of both armies, when, at the close of hostilities on the night of the second day's battle, both the Blue and the Gray sought here, together, a drink of its refreshing water for themselves and their disabled comrades.  A neat structure of granite now incloses the spring, and visitors to the field stop to drink from its historic waters.

View from Tower on Hancock Avenue, Gettysburg, PA.
This beautiful panorama shows many points of unusual interest in connection with the great battle.  On the left is the equstrian statue of Meade, and beyond it the Pennsylvania Memorial; the Round Tops are in the distance and in the center the group of trees around High Water Mark, at which Pickett's charge was directed.

Friday, October 28, 2011

St. Augustine, Florida

Castillo de San Marcos, St. Augustine, Florida:  Oldest Fort standing in the U.S. was proclaimed a National Monument in 1924.  The construction began in 1672 and was completed in 1756.  The picture shows in middle ground the hot shot oven where cannon balls were heated red before firing, in order to set fire to enemy ships.

Old City Gates, St. Augustine, Florida.  the present City Gates were built about 1804, and were part of an older wall that surrounded the ancient city for protection.  the drawbridge leading to the gates was raised at sundown in the early days and late comers were forced to obtain special permission to enter.

The Fountain of Youth in St. Augustine, Fla.  Juan Ponce de Leon landed in this vicinity on April 3, 1513, on his unsuccessful quest for the waters of eternal life.  the Fountain of Youth spring, surrounded by coquina walls, is preserved as a memorial to this famous Spanish explorer.  Visitors are conducted on guided tours from the spring to the ancient Indian burial grounds.

Thursday, October 27, 2011


Heyl's Corner, Front Street, Hamilton, Bermuda

Entrance to Castle Harbour Hotel, Tucker's Town, Bermuda

Bermuda Government Aquarium established in 1928.  The finest marine exhibit in the world.  It also includes a museum and aviary.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Silver Springs

A Tropical Florida View
of famous Silver Springs, Florida's International Attraction.  This scene shows the Horse Shoe Palm with sightseeing boats in the background.

A Beautiful Florida Scene along Silver river in famous Silver Springs, Florida.  Sightseeing boats wind their way over the crystal clear stream through a maze of tropical woods.  A wonderful place for sightseeing and relaxation.

Ross Allen, world-famous naturalist, "milks" a Diamond-Back Rattlesnake.  Ross Allen's Reptile Institute, at Florida's Silver Springs, is America's largest producer of snake venom for medical purposes.

Seminole Indians grinding corn, native style, in their home at Ross Allen's Reptile Institute, Silver Springs, Florida.

Seminole Indians live in native surroundings at Ross Allen's Reptile Institute at Florida's Silver Springs.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Washington, DC

The United States Capitol
Washington, D.C.
One of the largest and stateliest buildings in the world, sets on a height overlooking the amphitheatre of the Potomac.  It is 751 feet long, 350 feet wide, and covers three and a half acres.  The cornerstone of the main building was laid by President Washington in 1793; the central building was finished in 1797.

The White House, Washington, D.C. - All of our Presidents, except Washington, have lived here.  The oldest public structure in Washington it has the simple dignity of a gracious American home.

Tomb of the Unknowns where rest in honored glory Unknown Americans who fell in both World Wars and in the Korean War.  Continuous vigil is maintained by Tomb Guards, specially chosen from the 1st Battle Group, 3d Infantry, part of the Military District of Washington command.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Sarasota, Florida

Elephants performing at Winter Quarters, Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, Sarasota, Florida.

Training Wild Animals at Winter Quarters Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Sarasota, Florida.

Emmett Kelly as "Weary Willie," world famous clown, photographed at Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus Winter Quarters, Sarasota, Florida.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

South Dakota

Mitchell, South Dakota
Completely redecorated each year with over 2,000 bushels of grasses, grains and corn of different hues.  Panels are designed each year by South Dakota's Artist Laureate, Oscar Howe, a full-blooded Sioux Indian.

Aerial View of Gavins Point Dam, located at Yankton, South Dakota.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Palm Beach, Florida

View looking north on County Road
Palm Beach, Florida

Friday, October 21, 2011

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

The New York Memorial in National Cemetery, Gettysburg, PA
The known dead in the National Cemetery are buried in eighteen different groups, each state having its own individual section.  New York State has erected this memorial to her group, which constitutes 867 graves, the largest state group in the Cemetery.

Soldier's National Monument
Gettysburg, PA.
Near the exact spot where Lincoln delivered his immortal address is erected the National Monument, located in the National Cemetery.  More than thirty-six hundred Union Soldiers are buried in this sacred spot of seventeen acres.

Virginia State Memorial
Gettysburg, PA.
Overlooking the scene of Pickett's memorable charge from its position on West Confederate Avenue, Virginia has spared no expense to do honor to her native sons who fought at Gettysburg Individuality, character and beauty are expressed in the figures on the monument - the equestrian statue of General Lee and the seven figures representing the various groups of the army who fought with him.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Boca Raton, Florida

Florida's Most Luxurious Winter Resort, Romantic Boca Raton Club, built in Spanish Gothic Architecture by Addison Mizner.  Situated on beautiful lake Boca Raton with grounds reaching the ocean and the lovely beach.  Located between Palm Beach and Miami Beach.

Grant and Chapman Zebra
World's largest captive herd as seen from Jeep Safari
These and many more herds of strange animals are all roaming free at 300 acre Africa U.S.A., Boca Raton, Florida.

Elephant at Africa U.S.A., Boca Raton, Florida
Along the Jungle Roadway as your Jeep Safari winds its way thru 300 acre "Tanganyika Territory", where the herds of wild animals roam at large and the visitors view them face to face.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Circleville, Ohio

Each year since 1903, starting the third Wednesday in October , for 4 days and nights, Circleville, Ohio turns into Pumpkin City, U.S.A.  Over 100,000 pounds of pumpkins, gourds and squash are on display.  Parades, along with rides, contests and entertainment delight the visitors to the Greatest Free Show on Earth.

Each year the Lindsey Bake Shop of Circleville, Ohio bakes the “World’s Largest Pumpkin Pie” for the annual Circleville Pumpkin Show.  Ohio’s oldest and largest festival, held starting the third Wednesday of October each year since 1903.

“The World’s Largest Pumpkin Pie” is baked annually for the Circleville Pumpkin Show by Lindsey’s Bake Shop, Circleville, Ohio.  Recipe:  80-lb. cooked pumpkin, 36-lb. sugar, 3-lb. corn starch, 13-gal. milk, 1-lb. pumpkin spice, 1-lb. salt, 12-doz. Eggs, 3-lb. pie dough.  Bake 6 Hrs. Cool 6 Hrs. and Serve.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Florida Space Coast

Air Force Missile Test Center
Patrick Air Force Base, Fla.
U.S. Army Jupiter-C
The Army's JUPITER-C rocket carrying the United States first successful earth Satellite, Explorer 1, in its nose, rises majestically from the Cape Canaveral, Fla., launching site into the night sky.

Redstone Missile
This missile, made in Huntsville's Redstone Arsenal, is shown being readied for launching at Cape Canaveral, Fla.

Air Force Missile Test Center
Patrick Air Force Base, Florida
Douglas's Thro-Able Tiros launch at Station No. 1 of the Atlantic Missile Range.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Abo (Turku), Finland

Abo is the Swedish name for the city of Turku.  Roughly 5% of the population of the city identify as Swedish speaking.

Railroadstation.  Abo, Finland.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Bok Tower Gardens - Lake Wales, Florida

Two jumbo (6.5" x 9") postcards today.

The Singing Tower near Lake Wales, Florida.  A Symbol of Florida, the Singing Tower rises 250 feet on the slope of Iron Mountain (324 feet altitude), now a Mountain Lake Sanctuary, established as a retreat for man, a refuge for birds and a sylvan setting for the Singing Tower by Edward Wm. Bok (1889-1930), Pulitzer Prize Winner and editor of Ladies' Home Journal.  He is buried in a crypt at the base of the Tower.

Here on Iron Mountain the Indians of Central Florida held their ceremony of the Rising Sun each spring.  A large stone circled by 13 smaller stones, representing the sun and the 13 moons of the Indian year, has been found there.

The Singing Tower near Lake Wales, Florida:  Rises 250 feet on the slope of Iron Mountain and became the Symbol of Florida.  Now a Mountain Lake Sanctuary, it is a refuge for birds in the memory of Edward William Bok, Pulitzer Prize Winner.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Logansport, Indiana

Lincoln School Building, Logansport, Ind.

Glimpse of Eel River, Logansport, Ind.

Lake at Long Cliff, Logansport, Ind.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Cypress Gardens

When I recently remembered that I had these jumbo postcards I really didn't have any idea as to the content on them.  They had been packed away for over ten years.  Imagine my happiness to discover todays cards which are my favorite from among those found and the last of the jumbo Cypress Gardens cards.  Two of the three feature Esther Williams from her time at the Gardens filming the MGM motion picture Easy to Love.  Sadly I've never seen the full movie but I have seen the big water skiing extravaganza.  I would suggest to everyone to check it out on Youtube as it is really something to behold.

A Great Water Show at Famous Cypress Gardens, Florida:  Cypress Gardens is famous not only for its beautiful tropical gardens, but also for the magnificent daily water shows performed by the master water skiers of the world.  This picture shows a cavalcade on water led by Esther Williams, star of MGM, in preparation of a forthcoming motion picture, taken at Cypress Gardens.

Famous film star Esther Williams who waterskis with the aquamaids and champions at Florida's Cypress Gardens in the M.G.M. movie EASY TO LOVE.

Water Skiing is one of the favorite sports of Florida.  Champion water skiers from all over the world meet at Cypress Gardens, Florida, to compete where this scene was taken.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Lookout Mountain

Lover's Leap - Rock City - Atop Lookout Mountain

The Incline up Lookout Mountain, Chattanooga, Tenn., is 4750 feet long from St. Elmo at its base to the summit of the mountain.  It is the steepest cable incline in the world, reaching a 72.7 percent grade at one point.