Tom Olds Historical Postcard Collection

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Tom Olds Historical Postcard Collection


Grand Traverse County (Mich.)


Postcards in both black and white and color, from 1906 to the 1960s, covering a range of subjects. Geographic focus is Mayfield and Traverse City, Michigan. Includes a series of images from the disastrous flood of 24 March 1913, when the Mayfield Dam broke and the power plant was torn down.


Tom Olds, Kingsley (Mich.)


Text, both handwritten and typed, that appear on the postcards.


Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City (Mich.)




Kingsley Branch Library, Kingsley (Mich.)


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Grand Traverse County, Michigan

Collection Items

"State Street, Traverse City," ca. 1909
Colored postcard image of a residential block of State Street in Traverse City.

"Winter at Birchwood, Traverse City," ca. 1909
Colored postcard image of Birchwood Resort on Old Mission Peninsula in the wintertime.

"High Waves on the Bay, Traverse City," ca. 1920
Colored postcard image of Traverse City as seen from Grand Traverse Bay with picturesque breaking waves in foreground.

"Sixth Street and Public Library, Traverse City," ca. 1910
Colored postcard image of the historic Sixth Street district and the Carnegie Library of Traverse City, ca. 1910.

Park Place Hotel, ca. 1930
Colored postcard image of the front of the historic Park Place Hotel, the ten story structure pictured here was completed in 1930. Creator has taken liberties with the location of the streets surrounding the hotel.

"Court House and Jail, Traverse City," ca. 1907
Colored postcard image of the Grand Traverse County Courthouse (court house) and Jail, on Washington and Boardman Streets, ca. 1907.

"Wequetong Club House, Traverse City," ca. 1908
Colored postcard image of Wequetong Boat Club House on Grand Traverse Bay in Traverse City, Michigan. A popular summer resort during its operation. Unidentified people are seen sitting on the porch, while two others appear to be playing a game.

"Fountain with Grand Traverse Bay," ca. 1935
Colored postcard image of a stone fountain in Traverse City. In the background is Grand Traverse Bay and the Traverse City Aquarium, on the Clinch Park Zoo property.

"Shuffle Board Courts, Traverse City," ca. 1940
Colored postcard of shuffle board courts, with many players and a milling crowd, located in Traverse City.

"Greetings from Traverse City," ca. 1950
Colored postcard image made of composite shots of water scenes along the Grand Traverse Bay shoreline.
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