This postcard came in yesterday from the Collection’s great donor and it is a notable item for quite a few reasons.
The postcard was purchased in Flagstaff, Arizona right off the fabled United States highway Route 66. It’s the the third postcard I have ever received from Arizona and the fifth in total. What’s up with that? Do people not go to Arizona?
Here’s the reverse side:
“Route 66 – From beneath the trees in Chicago’s Grant Park, Historic Route 66 takes in the beauty of the heartland, the plains and the desert southwest, before coming to rest on the edge of the Pacific Ocean.
Images courtesy of Lake County (IL) Museum, Curt Teich Postcard Archives“
“One of these years, we should do a car trip down ‘route 66’. I’ve done bits of the 3 western states now…. Bearizona was a postcard bonanza.”
This postcard Curt Teich Postcard Archives before – but now I’m excited as it’s the world’s “largest public collection of postcards”. Curt Teich, based out of Illinois, was once the world’s largest postcard printer.
Finally, this postcard has another notable claim – it’s likely the first item in the Collection with a QR code (and considering QR codes are already dying out – it may be the only one ever).