Los Angeles, California

Pershing Square, Los Angeles

Postcard courtesy of Western Publishing and Novelty Company.

In 1866 the area known today as Pershing Square was dedicated as a public square called La Plaza Abaja (the lower plaza) by Mayor Christobal Aguilar. A year later people started calling it St Vincent’s Park since it was across the street from St Vincent’s College (now Loyola Marymount University). The name changed again in 1870 to Los Angeles Park and in 1886 it was 6th Street Park when it was redesigned by Frederick Eaton. It became Central Park during the early 1890s and had a bandstand pavilion.

In 1900 a statue of a Spanish-American War veteran was dedicated. In 1910 the park was renovated again by John Parkinson and featured a fountain by sculptor Johan Caspar Lachne Gruenfeld. In 1918, a week after the end of World War I, the park was renamed once again to Pershing Square to honor General Pershing. I believe this is the iteration pictured above.

The park went through many other iterations over the years including being demolished in 1952 in order to build an underground car park. By 1984 when the Summer Olympics were in Los Angeles, it had become so neglected, the city spent $1 million for temporary renovations.

Once again, in 1992, the park closed for a $14.5 redesign and renovation by Ricardo Legorreta and Laurie Olin. It re-opened in 1994 with a bell tower, fountains, a walkway, and concert stage. This design remains today. In 2000, a monument was dedicated to a highly decorated local Korean War veteran by the name of Eugene Obregon.

Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles County General Hospital, 1950’s

The County Hospital, costing 13 million dollars, is one of the largest and best equipped in the world. There are 123 buildings on 56 acres of ground. An average 4 thousand patients are treated daily.

(This particular building was finished in 1933, and was converted to office space. A new $1 billion dollar building opened in 2008.)

Miami Beach, Florida


Hotel Claridge, Collins Avenue at 35th Street.

In the most fashionable section of Miami Beach – Overlooking the ocean – Private swimming pool – Comfortable and luxurious – Coffee shop Solaria.

Looks like it is still there today.

Tampa Bay, Florida

In 1924, Gandy Bridge between St Petersburg and Tampa, was said to be the longest automobile bridge in the world at six miles across. In 1956 it was re-built and used until 1997.

In 2000, the longest bridge, Bang Na Expressway in Thailand, opened at 34 miles across.

Custer, South Dakota

March 4, 1909 — Mitchell, SD

Rec’d your card last night sorry I had planned on going home, but haven’t been home for so long the folks are awfully anxious to see me.


Postcard published by the Omaha News Company. Made in Germany.

Minneapolis, Minnesota

This is a postcard, I believe from the 1950’s or thereabouts. It shows a skyline before the IDS building, before Mary Richards.

The back reads “View of the skyline of downtown Minneapolis with Loring Park in the foreground. Some of the buildings in the view are the Foshay Tower, Telephone building, Medical Arts and N.W. Bank Building.”

St. Marie’s, Gopher News Co.

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