I’m crazy for vintage Curt Teich linen postcards. The warm, fuzzy, softness of color, printed (sometimes slightly off register) on the linen-weave stock, of scenes when America had a youthful glow. It makes me yearn for a life and times that I was born too late for, by golly.  I find myself gazing at neighborhoods and cities, trying to chronologically piece them together.  I ask myself– what was it like here 100 yrs ago… which houses came first… which were layered in later, and when?  A lot of the scenes in these incredible windows to the past are places where I’ve lived, or passed through that are in one way or another core to who I am.

Imagine living again in a time with no cell phones, internet, and the other so-called modern conveniences that “save us time.” I could go back in a New York second.  Technology and consumption is moving at a scary pace, folks.  I wonder what we’ll be looking back at with nostalgia-glazed eyes 25 yrs from now… Planet Earth?

Ford Model T – 1908-1909, the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, Dearborn, Michigan

Statue of Liberty on Bedloe’s Island in New York Harbor, New York City

Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, New York City

Midtown New York City – “The Great White Way” – as seen from The Empire State Building at night

Times Square at Night, New York City

Newark Airport, Newark, N.J.

Night View of State Street West from Broad Street, Trenton, N.J.

Boardwalk Beach and Ocean, Ocean Grove, N.J.

Ocean Avenue and Boardwalk, Ocean Grove, N.J.

Ocean City Beach Patrol Headquarters, Ocean City, N.J.

Scene at Inlet showing U.S. Coast Guard Station, Point Pleasant, N.J.

U.S. Coast Guard, Toms River Station, Seaside Heights, N.J.

Kiddyland, Seaside Heights, N.J.

Chair Parade at Night, Atlantic City, N.J.

Sunset from Hopi Point, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

The Lobby, Bright Angel Lodge, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Montezuma Castle, Arizona

Main Street, Scottsdale, Arizona — “The West’s Most Western Town”

Camelback Inn, near Phoenix, Arizona

A Midwinter Scene at Camelback Inn, Phoenix, Arizona

St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Phoenix, Arizona

Looking North on Central Avenue from Adams, Phoenix, Arizona

Central Avenue, Looking South from Monroe, Phoenix, Arizona

Maricopa County Court House, Phoenix, Arizona

The Bright Lights of Central Avenue, South from Van Buren Street, Phoenix, Arizona

South on Central Avenue at Van Buren Street – Showing Security Building, Phoenix, Arizona

Looking North on Central from Washington Street, Phoenix, Arizona

Hotel Adams and Valley National Bank Building, Phoenix, Arizona

In Encanto Park, Phoenix, Arizona

Picacho Peaks, Highway 84, between Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona

University of Arizona Campus from the West Main Gate, Tucson

Air View of the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona

In Sabino Canyon, near Tucson, Arizona

Looking East on Congress Street, Tucson, Arizona

Congress Street Looking West, Tucson Arizona

Excursion Cruiser on Lake Mead, Fortification Mountain in Background, Boulder Dam Rec. Area

Fremont Street, Las Vegas, Nevada – “Gateway to Boulder Dam”

Bright Lights on Fremont Street, Las Vegas, Nevada

The $1,000,000 Golden Nugget, Las Vegas, Nevada

Vine Street, Looking North from Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, California

Street Scene, Chinatown, San Francisco, California

Market Street Looking East from Powell Street, San Francisco, California

A Night in Chinatown, San Francisco, California

“When the Golden Gate is Golden”, San Francisco, California

Giant Redwood Stump, Used as a Garage — Redwood Highway, California

A Lovely Hotel in a Lovely Setting – Casa De Manana – La Jolla, California

Looking South on Coast Highway, Santa Monica, California in the Distance

Sea Lions, Sea Lion Caves, Oregon Coast Highway

Air View of Seattle, Washington

Totem Pole, Pioneer Square, Seattle, Washington

Third Avenue and Pike, Seattle, Washington

Oak Cliff Viaduct and Skyline by Night, Dallas, Texas

Dallas Municipal Airport, Love Field, Dallas, Texas


  1. That was great Jon!!
    like a trip across the country, sending post cards home along the way!

    I remember looking thru a box of those very cards at my grandparents while growing up.

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