Peninsula Historical Postcard Collection

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Peninsula Historical Postcard Collection

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This collection of postcards features Old Mission Peninsula, Traverse City, Michigan. Scenes indicative of the Peninsula, including cherry orchards, views of both East and West Grand Traverse Bay, and prominent structures such as the Old Mission Lighthouse, make up the bulk of these images. The bulk of the postcards date from the early to mid 20th century. Many were published by Orson W. Peck, Traverse City's legendary photographer and postcard creator.

Items in the Peninsula Historical Postcard Collection Collection

Peninsular Road, West Side, ca. 1911
Photographic postcard of Peninsular Road, now Peninsula Drive, which follows the western coastline of the peninsula. The image features two ladies in a one-horse buggy, and a quiet dirt road. Trees and shrubs grow unhampered on either side of the…

Birchwood Road, East Bay, ca. 1914
Photographic postcard that features an image of Birchwood Road, a dirt lane which has since become East Shore Drive, a major road on Old Mission Peninsula that follows the eastern shore of the Peninsula. Date is derived from the postmark on the back…

Drive to Birchwood, ca. 1908
Photographic postcard in color titled "Drive to Birchwood Traverse City, Mich.". Date is derived from postmark on back of photograph. Image is of a dirt lane, presumably within the Birchwood summer resort complex; walking down the lane is a woman in…

Cottages and Road at Birchwood, ca. 1908
Photographic postcard in color titled "Cottages and Road, Birchwood, Traverse City, Michigan". The copyright on the front of the postcard says "Copyright 1904 by Orson W. Peck". Date used to describe this image is derived from the postmark on the…

Missionary Church, postcard, undated
Photographic postcard in color featuring the missionary church for which Old Mission Peninsula derives its name. Peter Dougherty founded the mission in 1842; his home was built in the same year. The date of construction of the church building is…

Along the road at Old Mission, undated
Photographic postcard in color titled, "Along the road at Old Mission". Postcard is not postmarked. Image of a car (ca. 1920s) driving along a dirt lane, in front of the Old Mission missionary church and school.

The Golden Tower, Old Mission, ca. 1920s
Photographic postcard in black and white, of "The Golden Tower" of Old Mission Peninsula. Other similar postcards in the collection are dated from 1926 to 1929. Likely an observation tower for tourists.

The Golden Tower, Old Mission, 11 August 1929
Photographic postcard with black and white image. Image is of "The Golden Tower", a lookout created for tourists. In the foreground are cherry trees and parked automobiles. On the back of the postcard, "Tower built around a large poplar tree of a…

The Golden Tower, Old Mission, ca. 1926
Black and white photographic postcard; image of "The Golden Tower", likely a tourist lookout on Old Mission Peninsula. Postcard is postmarked 12 August 1926.

Looking east from the Golden Tower, Old Mission, ca. 1920s
Photographic postcard of black and white image. Image features the view tourists could take in at the top of the Golden Tower, a lookout tower designed for tourists. Features a dirt lane and orchards, looking down. Similar images from the collection…

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