Our 250th postcard has arrived! An early divided back card, it's a view of Wells Avenue looking west with a group of five or six grade school-aged children standing on the corner. Two high school students (or possibly young adults) are standing on the sidewalk. All are clearly posing for the picture. Although summer trees blot out most of the houses, a large church (unidentified) is visible in the background. The card is postmarked August 26, 1908 from Escanaba, and was sent from C. L. French to Sara L. Brown of Grand Rapids, Michigan. While neither our oldest–nor our most beautiful or well-preserved–postcard, it is truly a milestone to reach 250 cards, which represents nearly 20 years of collecting. This card is located in our Other City Streets exhibit.
Sometime in the near future we'll add our 250th card to the collection!
Our fist card was purchased nearly 18 years ago in June of 1999. A decade later, the Escanaba Postcard Museum website was launched in November of 2009. Some years many cards were added, and other years none at all, but we've always remained passionate about exploring Escanaba's history through these wonderful little time capsules.
Which card will be number 250? Only time will tell. In the meantime, you can read the story of our very first card over on our How It Began page.