Tag Archives: 1900s

U.B.A. Hospital, Grand Rapids, Michigan

This colorized image shows a palatial building used as a public hospital in Grand Rapids at the beginning of the 20th century.

U.B.A Hospital, Grand Rapids, Mich.

There is no description on the back of this card.┬áThe U.B.A. is the Union Benevolent Association, previously the Ladies’ Union Benevolent Association, and this organization built the hospital in 1886. Visible on the porch is at least one nurse and likely some additional staff. By this time the building was also used as a nursing school.

In 1915 this building was replaced with a more purpose-built structure named Blodgett Memorial Hospital, on a nearby location in the city. It was in this new Blodgett Hospital’s Maternity Ward that my mother was born in 1932.

This postcard was used and is dated 2 January 1907.

Logging Sled, Cadillac, Michigan

This image shows the prodigious amount of logs that would be loaded onto a two-horse sled for transport to the nearest mill. Presumably the additional weight of the lumbermen and driver did not add a meaningful amount to the effort required by the horses.

Published by C. J. Shoff and Son, Cadillac, Mich.

The men appear to be equipped with a typical tool of the era called a Peavey, a pointed variation of the cant hook.

The card was used and is dated 23 July 1909.

City Hall, Saginaw, Michigan

This is an image of the former city hall for the city of Saginaw, Michigan. It was built in 1891 after the merger of Saginaw and East Saginaw, and was on S. Washington Ave.

Published by A. C. Dietsche, Detroit, Mich. and Franfort, Germany.

The building was destroyed by fire on April 9, 1935, and replaced by the current City Hall structure on the same site.

This card was used and is dated 29 October 1909. The card is in poor condition, with tears and folds. The corners are not original, and were cut by the recipient.