Capitol Building, Salt Lake City, UT

The weekend brings a linen-textured colored card of the Utah state capitol building.

Genuine Curteich-Chicago “C.T. Art Colortone”

The description on this card is quite lengthy:


Utah may be justly proud of its State Capitol.The building was finished and formally opened to the public October 9, 1916. From its commanding location, a wonderful view of the whole of Salt Lake Valley may be had. The Capitol proper is 240 feet wide, 404 feet long and 285 feet high. The general style of the architecture is pure Corinthian. The diameter of the dome is 64 feet. Fifty-two columns 42 feet high grace the exterior. Total cost: $2,739,528.54.

–This card was mailed from the Salt Lake City Chamber of Commerce to my mother when she was 14 years old. The only remark on the card is “We are temporarily out of booklets.” This indicates that my mother had sent a letter requesting a booklet or brochure about the Utah government or building in hopes of receiving it in the mail for a school project or a scrapbook. These sorts of requests by students to businesses and government departments throughout the country were common in this era.

The card was mailed April 12, 1946. All the writing and addressing are typed, an unusual approach given the difficulty in feeding postcards through a manual typewriter roller without permanently curling it.

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