Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Tour Big Sky Country via vintage postcards

Posted By on Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 11:08 AM


If you're feeling a little nostalgic on this lazy Tuesday, we've got just the thing for you: 91 hand-colored vintage Montana postcards. The collection comes courtesy of the Boston Public Library's Flickr page, and features "landmarks" circa the 1930s and '40s.

You'll find plenty of cards of Glacier and Yellowstone, as well as lesser known attractions like the Motel Royal in Great Falls and Bunker's Up and Up Cafe in Havre. Personally, it's the unexpected entries, like hospitals and airport lounges, that make the set so enticing.

The Missoula section is sparse, but does contain The Frontier Drive-In, noted for its 24-hour service (and steaks).

It's hard not to peruse them all, but here are a few other favorites:

Lloyds of Butte — Not of London
Loyal Order of the Moose, Kalispell Lodge No. 462
Range Riders Bar and Cafe in Miles City
The Stage Coach Inn in West Yellowstone
Trailing range cattle, Eastern Montana Badlands

(H/T Great Falls Public Library)

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