Tag Archives: 1930s

Hotel Russell, London, England

This image shows the iconic Russell Hotel, which overlooks Russell Square in the Bloomsbury District of London, England.

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There is no description on the back of this card. The legend on the front reads:

Telephone No. Terminus 6479 (16 lines) P.B.E.

HOTEL RUSSELL

Telegrams: Hotel Russell, London

–The initials P.B.E. stand for private branch exchange, which is a small phone switch installed by the phone company for organizations with large numbers of rooms and a need for multiple incoming lines.

The Hotel Russell was recently purchased for renovation by the Prinicpal Hotel Company, and it to be renamed The Principal London.

This card was used and is dated 6 July 1930.

Juniata Bridge, Lewistown, Pennsylvania

This image is an illustration of the Juniata Bridge, or the Lewistown Road Bridge, which crosses the Juniata River in Lewistown, Pennsylvania.

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There is no description on the back of this card.

According to the link above, this bridge was completed in 1924 as a replacement for an older truss bridge, and was in turn replaced in 1989. The mills in the background were part of the large complex of factories operated by the American Viscose Corporation, which was the largest producer of rayon in the early 20th century and the first to make artificial silk.

This card was used and is dated 2 August 1937.

Oldest Bookseller in Paris, France

This image is of the small shops that lined the Seine in Paris, featuring a very old man who was known as the oldest bookseller, referring to his age and not the age of the books.

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The description states, in rough translation:

THE LITTLE TABLES

Quai Voltaire. The oldest bookseller of the quays. The poet bookseller Charles Dodeman.

The oldest bookseller.

–These sorts of stalls exist today along the Seine.

This postcard was used and is dated 25 July 1930.