Mae West Curve, Beartooth Mountain Highway, Wyoming

This postcard shows the suggestively named Mae West Curve, part of the mountain-crossing Highway 12 in Wyoming, as it was then known. The highway as since been renamed US 212, and passes through the mountains west and north of Yellowstone National Park before entering the park from the Montana side.

Genuine Natural Color Made by Dexter Press, Inc., West Nyack, N.Y.

The caption states:

#4050 – Mae West Curve on the Beartooth Highway (U.S. 12) to Yellowstone Park via Red Lodge and Cook City.

Mae West was a popular and deliberately provocative actress of the early days of talking movies. Her large breasts were the most noted feature, and Mae West also gave the name to a style of personal flotation device (life jacket).

This card is likey from the 1940s.

Legion Lake Resort, Custer, South Dakota

This image shows an example cabin and interiors of the facility known as Legion Lake Resort, Custer, South Dakota, within the boundaries of Custer State Park.

E.C. Kropp Co., Milwaukee, Wis.

The description states:


Boating – Fishing – Swimming – Western Riding. A delightful place to rest. A  cool, invigorating, enjoyable place to spend a week or two, while you see the Hills. A state-owned resort, serving only the beset, including Buffalo and Elk steaks.

–Now known as Legion Lake Lodge, the resort is still there in much the same configuration as shown in the sample images above, but with extensive modernization and further construction of facilities.

This postcard likely dates from the 1950s.


With this card I come to the end of my personal collection of postcards and similar souvenirs, dating from the beginning of the 20th century to the 1970s. In all, there have been over 1500 postcards displayed and described over the course of just more than 4 years.

I will take a brief hiatus from posting, no more than a couple of weeks, and choose the next topic of my pictorial historic journeys.

I hope these have proven to be occasionally interesting, edifying and informative.

Sundown Motor Court, Spearfish, South Dakota

This illustration shows an idealized view of the motel known as the Sundown Motor Court in Spearfish, South Dakota.

Pub. by the Vernon Co., Newton, Iowa

The description states:


All new modern cabins – Some with cooking facilities – 26 units in all. Open year round. On highway 14 & 85 in Spearfish, South Dakota. Phone 28

–As one might imagine, a two digit phone number is indicative of a very small town with limited phone service at the time of this postcard. The city of Spearfish is located near the head of Spearfish Canyon, at the northern edge of the Black Hills National Forest.

This card was used and is dated 23 June 1954.