Thursday, November 18, 2010

New postcards for my private collection.

I've gotten some really wonderful postcards for my private collection over the last week or so. Three of these came to me in private swaps by the same user. She is so super nice for sending these to me and of course she gets postcards back in return.

This is an official postcard: US-871379
Stagecoaches built by the Abbot-Downing Company of Concord, New Hampshire were used by Wells Fargo to transport gold, mail and passengers throughout the west. This stagecoach, #187, is on display at the Wells Fargo History Museum in Sacramento, CA.

Pioneer Log Home - This fifteen-foot by twenty-foot log home, constructed of douglas fir and lodgepole pine, was built by Latter-day Saint pioneers upon their arrival in the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. It has been restored with furnishings that reflect the lifestyle of the Osmyn Deuel family, its original inhabitants.

Pioneer Handcart - This handcart was pulled from Nebraska to the Utah Territory in the late 1860s by members of the William Stiff family, immigrants from England. Traveling in a Church-sponsored wagon train, the Stiffs purchased the handcart to carry additional possessions to their new home.

Western Stagecoach - Before the railroad era, a Concord Coach was the best form of transportation in the West. Until the early 1900's, stages carried mail, passengers, and baggage to small towns, settlements, and remote mining districts. At an exasperating 5 miles per hour, travelers tolerated soaring heat, freezing cold, mud, and dust, sometimes all in the same day. (Photo: 1894, Arizona Historical Society.)

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