Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Early Examples of Postcards Before Pictures, Circa 1875-1900

Very early U.S. postcard published about 1875.
Published date about 1879.

U.S. postcard. Publish date about 1886.
Publish date approximately 1893.
One cent. Published 1900.
Last but not least, a very RARE Civil war era postcard. Addressed  to
Capt.Manuel Bennet. (Confederate Capt.) Evergreen, Louisiana. Mailed from Cotile, Louisiana
on May 12th. Sometime between 1861 and 1865.
Probably shortly after the war was over.
(One of the crown jewels of the Collection)

The card is from H.A. Boyce.
It is signed by him.
The founder of what is now Boyce, Louisiana.

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Aerial Views of Alexandria

Panoramic View, Circa: 1915-20. Taken from the top of the tall water tower still
standing in downtown Alexandria  today at 5th and Lee Streets.
City Hall square early 1930's.

Air view of Catholic Church from 3rd Street. 1915

View from top of Bentley Hotel about 1909.
Pineville side and Murray Street bridge shown.

Looking South down 2nd Street. Circa: 1909.  Old city hall built in 1850's
shown in lower right side. It was one of the few public buildings not burned during the Civil War.

Looking North toward where the Rapides General Hospital is today.
This postcard is from about 1910.

This card from the early 1940's shows the new Court House and also the Post Office on Murray Street. The old Rapides Parish court house is in the upper right by the river.
This postcard dated 1932 shows the remaining city docks on the Red River
as well as many of the buildings that were destroyed to make way for progress, as it was called. A few of the landmark buildings remain today to remind us of what once was.

Street Scenes in Alexandria

Bolton Avenue 1915-20
Third Street looking toward the Bentley Hotel on right. 1915-20
View of Third Street, 1950's

Second Street looking North toward Bentley Hotel on left. 1912
City Hall on left. Bentley Hotel upper left. Rapides Bank on right. Looking North on 2nd Street. 1915.
2nd Street view of old City Hall built before the Civil War in the 1850's,
pictured on the left. Postcard is from about 1906. City docks were on the right on the Red River.
3rd Street looking North.  Postcard from about 1915.
Second Street. Original location of Kress department store.
Postcard from about 1910-15.
A later view of the same 2nd Street location. Mayer's Department
Store and S.H. Kress. 1910-15

2nd Street at Murray Street.  1907-10.
First Weiss & Goldring on the left.
Rapides Parish Court House on left. Second Street view showing street car.
Postcard from about 1908-10.
Louisiana National Guard marching past the Rapides Theatre
on 3rd Street. Postcard from about 1909. Troops were stationed at
 Camp Stafford, which was located at the site of where the
Veterans Hospital in Pineville is today.
This postcard is dated 1916. It shows probably a 4th of July
parade passing in front of the City Hall on 3rd Street.
This postcard was mailed in 1939. It shows the Paramount Theatre
located on 3rd Street. In the distance you can see the Guaranty Bank on
the left and the Bentley Hotel on the right.
Busy downtown 3rd Street. This
postcard is dated 1943.
Night time view of Third Street taken in the early 1960's.

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Alexandria Public Buildings

Rapides Parish Jail. 1910 postcard. 2nd and Lee Streets. Downtown Alexandria.
Rapides Parish Court House. 2nd Street. 1908 Postcard.
Rapides Parish Court House. 2nd Street. Dated 1910.
Court House view 1920.
Two Alexandria City Halls. The original 1850's on the right
and the new City Hall built in 1910 on the left.
This card is from about 1911.
This postcard from about 1912 shows the new city hall and the Bentley Hotel.
Alexandria's City Hall from a 1930's postcard view.
Alexandria's City Hall on the right. The Confederate Monument in the foreground. This statue has been moved to the front of the Rapides Parish
Court House today. The card is from about 1915.
Alexandria's Post Office Circa 1910-15.
Located on 3rd Street.

Old Alexandria Post Office, located where the Kress building is today,
on 3rd Street . Circa: 1914.
The Alexandria Library pictured in this 1908 postcard is the oldest public building still being used. This building contains the Genealogical Library as
well as the Louisiana History Museum.
Alexandria's new Post Office located on Murray at 5th & 6th Streets.
A 1940's postcard image.
A 1960's image of the Alexandria Post Office, much as it appears today.

New Rapides Parish Court House and Jail.
Murray Street. 1940's

Another postcard of the new Rapides Parish Court House on
Murray Street. This card is from the 1950's.

Alexandria, La. U.S.O., located on Bolton Avenue.
This card is dated 1949.
Alexandria's City Park Auditorium, from a postcard in the 1940's.
This building no longer stands today.
Fire Station number one. Located at the corner of Lee Street and 5th.
The large water tower still stands today.
The Elk's Lodge or Home was located on 4th Street.
This postcard is from the early 1920's.