Monthly Archives: January 2014

Governor’s Reception Room, Salt Lake City, Utah

This image illustrates the elaborate and ornate decoration of the Utah State Capitol, in particular the Governor’s Reception Room. The only unexpected decoration visible is the white pillow in the center of the image resting on one of the blue armchairs. This postcard also shows the perforations and threads indicating some small bag of material was attached, but whether it was salt or another mineral is unknown. Other versions of this card exist that had no attached bag.

Carpenter Paper Co., Salt Lake City, Utah

The description is quite detailed:


The Gold Room, which is southwest of the Capitol’s main hall, is the governor’s reception room, in which Presidents and royal visitors have been received. The room is the most elegantly furnished and equipped of any of like character anywhere. The tapestry, the window curtains as well as the wonderful rug on the floor, were all especially made for this room. The color scheme throughout was dictated by the architect of the building. The total cost of the furnishing in this room was over $65,000,000. The mural paining on the ceiling was done by a world-famous artist.

Rug made in Scotland.

Size 22 ft. x 48 ft. Weight 1,350 pounds.

Curtains made in Florence, Italy.

Draperies made in Belgium.

Chandeliers made of Utah gold and silver.

Mural painting by Louis Schettle.

Tapestry of French production.

Furniture inlaid with Utah gold.

Capitol cost $2,739,528.54

–This card was used and is dated June 1955, but is likely from the 1940s based on others in this series.

Salt Beds, Great Salt Lake, Utah

This image starts a two week visit to Utah, featuring several notable sites. First off is a long view of the salt beds at the edge of the Great Salt Lake, at a time when they were extensively mined for salt.

Most notable about this card is the perforation and thread along the right edge. This indicates that when first sold, the card had a small cloth bag of salt attached to the card. Like most such cards, the salt bag was detached and inspected or displayed. However, there are two cards with the bags still attached that will be displayed at the end of these two weeks.

Carpenter Paper Co., Salt Lake City, Utah

The card description states:

Great Salt Lake, located 15 miles west of Salk Lake City, is the largest of its character in the world. The water is about 22% solids and one may float upon it surface without effort. Thousands of tone of salt, obtained by solar evaporation, are produced annually by the industries on its shores.

–Postage for these was an additional penny at the time, bringing the total postage from 2 cents to 3. Postcards like this one are now prohibited by the Postal Serivce, as the attached bags would foul or damage the address reading machines.

This postcard was used, and is dated July 1948

One Room Schoolhouse, Pioneer Village, Minden Nebraska

This is a very typical example of a slightly modernized one room schoolhouse. In it, children of any school age would attend classes while a single teacher provided lessons for each of the different ability levels. Older children often helped the younger ones with their lessons. In cold weather the best seats were closest to the wood stove in the center of the room, a convenience that indicates a later upgrade.

Dexter Press, West Nyack, New York

The description states:


With desks, books and records intact. Even the dinner pails are lined up in the hall. This is one of 20 buildings around the circle at Harold Warp’s Pioneer Village, Minden, Nebraska, housing 20,000 items, showing America’s progress since 1830. On U. S. 6 and just 14 miles south of U. S. 30 near Kearney, Nebraska.

–More recently, the furniture would more closely resemble the desks just in front of the stove, which gave students a place to put their books and work on their assignments. The benches nearest the window show how a writing surface was attached to the back of the bench to provide workspace for the children in the next row.

This card dates from the 1950s.