Ah, would that powdery blue skies puffed with pinkish-orange clouds hung above crisp cutout buildings and horizons. Such idylls are the things of Penny Postcards, i.e. postcards made at the time when it only cost a penny to mail one. These classics conjure a decidedly imaginary nostalgia of the Pikes Peak region, but it sure is fun to imagine that the colors were all that primary and that the dirt was all that clean!

(All images are from the USGenWeb Archives Web Site. Thanks to Janet Conover for the tip!)

 

4 Responses to A Penny Postcard Tour of the Pikes Peak Region

  1. k f collins says:

    I love these postcards…thank you!

  2. Sarah says:

    Does anyone think that if Mount of the Holy Cross had been called Mount of the Snow Angel, that there might have been less manifest destiny in the American west?

  3. Such fun images and music that I watched it twice. Thanks!

  4. Linda says:

    Wonderful old postcards! Would love for it to go a bit slower so one could both read the location and look at the photo. Where is Lake Clara?

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