Posting vignettes based on great postcards found in my mail box and elsewhere.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Mt. Rushmore: before and after

A fitting card from the past to commerate the U.S. Presidential Inauguration.
This two panel, black and white photo post card is post dated July 22, 1947. It is addressed to my grandmother from my mother, who was touring the west. She said the monument was "inspiring." Note the typed script on the top panel. Unusual for the time, the back of the card is undivided and does not include a description. The "812" number on the bottom panel is a mystery.
The Mount Rushmore National Memorial was begun in 1927 and completed in 1941. The sculptor, Gutzon Borglum created a lasting tribute in colossal form of four U.S. presidents, Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln. The monument is not simply a tribute to four past presidents but to the high ideals each represented.

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