Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Passenger Steamer -- Duluth-Superior Harbor

The Port of Duluth — most westerly point on Lake superior — each summer is journey's end for thousands of vacationists seeking holiday enjoyment. Large passenger ships, such as the S. S. "Noronic" seen, as she leaves the Duluth Harbor through the entrance canal, spanned by the unique Aerial Lift bridge, bring hundreds of tourists to the Head-of the Lakes on every visit to this port. A cool, invigorating climate, rare scenic beauties and unrivaled recreational facilities make Duluth and northeastern Minnesota one of  America's most popular summer playgrounds.

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Friday, April 24, 2015

NYWF: Parade of Modern Roses



In New York and San Francisco
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Hartman Furniture & Carpet Co.

Here are two advertising postcards Copyright 1913 by Hartman Furniture & Carpet Co. Chicago. The first shows "Mr. Cornell and his wife" with their baby, enjoying their home furnished with furniture they bought from Hartman's. A facsimile of a letter they reportedly wrote to the company tells how pleased they were with their furniture:

Dear Sirs:
My wife and I want to give evidence of how your credit plan has made us happy and comfortable; and I am herewith sending you a photograph of our home so that you can see how beautiful it looks with the furnishings we bought from your catalogue. We are delighted with the goods and we figure that we have saved about 50% on the prices charged by other firms. Show this picture to others whom we hope will deal with you, too.
As ever your customers
Mr. & Mrs Frank Cornell
221 W Nebraska Ave.
Peoria, Ill.
(Note: There is an online real estate listing for an old house built in 1917 at that address!)

Hartman had a large mail order catalog as well as a number of stores. The company was established in 1855 and had 22 stores in 1913. The postcard below shows the cover of their "420-page catalog of 8000 Home Furnishing Bargains." They used the slogan "Let Hartman Feather Your Nest" in their advertising. I have some other Hartman advertising postcards on my blog here that were clearly targeted at newlyweds.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Mormon Meteor Speed Records

Mormon Meteor: David Abbott (Ab) Jenkins, Owner-Driver and founder of the Salt Flats as a race course. Utah born and reared 1883. Religion, (Mormon). Holder of more world's unlimited records than any man in history of sports. The only man who has ever driven an automobile continuously without relief for 24 hours, under supervision of contest board. Awarded champion of champions plaque and cup for the world's safest driver. In 1950 at age 67, he made his fastest lap of 13 miles @ 199.19 M. P. H. Raced his last time in July, 1951. Now retired. He attributes his stamina to the fact, he never in his life, tasted liquor or tobacco. 

These records and many others were established on the Bonneville Salt Flats of Utah under A. A. A. supervision

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Map: Greetings from North Dakota

North Dakota — area 70,837 sq. m., of which 654 sq. m. is water; 16th state in size; admitted into the Union in 1889. State flower - Wild Prairie Rose. Capital - Bismarck. Manufactures:: Grain products and dairy products (butter, cheese, condensed and evaporated milk). Sullys Hills National Park is a famous wild-animal preserve with woods and streams.

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