Emerald Bay Vintage Lake Tahoe Postcard

This vintage postcard shows Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe in vivid, beautiful colors. Emerald Bay is a state park on the southwest side of Lake Tahoe in California, located twenty-two miles south of Tahoe City.  It contains the only island in Lake Tahoe, Fannette Island, located in the bay. In 1969, Emerald Bay was designated […]

Lake Tahoe Tavern Vintage Postcard

This vintage postcard shows the Lake Tahoe Tavern which was built in 1901 and has been a famous vacation retreat for Tahoe seekers since then. Just one quarter of a mile south of Tahoe City, California, it is on the western shore of Lake Tahoe surrounded by the immense pines and backed by the beauty […]

Sunrise over Emerald Bay Lake Tahoe Vintage Postcard

This vintage postcard shows Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe and is approximately thirty to forty years old (based on the lack of buildings on the shoreline). It was found in an antique store in Lake Tahoe, shellacked onto a piece of varnished wood. The view is from a mountain vista point above Emerald Bay, on […]

Vernal Falls Yosemite Vintage Postcard

This vintage postcard dated January, 1910 shows Vernal Falls in Yosemite Valley, and claims that it is “On the Line of the S.P.R.R.” or Southern Pacific Railroad. It may have been a railroad advertisement of one of the many exciting places one could travel to in early 1900s America. Vernal Falls is not visible from […]

Bridal Veil Falls Yosemite Vintage Postcard

The original vintage postcard, dated July 2, 1902, shows Bridal Veil Falls, (also called Bridalveil Falls) in Yosemite Valley, California at 900 ft. It is interesting that this postcard claims the falls are 900 ft. while today, scientists measure it at 620 ft. high. Perhaps the card is wrong – the cliff could not have […]

Half Dome Yosemite Vintage Postcard

This beautiful image of Half Dome peak in Yosemite Valley, CA is from an old postcard dated 1907. The original card was made in Germany and shows a wintery scene with the summit of Half Dome. Like El Capitan, Half Dome is a granite domed ridge with one half of the dome having been sheered […]

El Capitan Yosemite Vintage Postcard

This 1940’s photograph shows El Capitan peak which is part of Yosemite National Park, California. From the vista point along the river on the South Road of the Valley, the impressive height (3,564 feet above the valley floor) of the world’s largest granite monolith is fully revealed in all its grandeur. El Capitan is composed […]

Donner Lake California Vintage Postcard

Historic Postcard Written by Patty Reed? This postcard is dated June 14, 1910 showing Donner Lake near Truckee, California. If you look closely at the writing on the front you can see the words “Patty Reed” over the lake, “Mrs. Frank Lewis” above the shoreline, and to the right between the trees (from left to […]

Mount Shasta Vintage Postcard

Glowing in the last rays of a California sunset, the lofty summit of 14,162-foot Mt. Shasta is a beautiful and unforgettable sight. The original postcard is from 1939 and the picture was probably taken using one of the new Kodachrome cameras, giving vivid color to Mt. Shasta and the California rural landscape surrounding it. Mt. […]

State Capitol by Moonlight Vintage California Postcard

The original vintage postcard, from 1910, of the California State Capitol in Sacramento, California shows the capitol at night lit by moonlight. Reuben Clark, the architect of the California State Capitol, finalized his plans in 1856, but the construction of the building was delayed until March, 1960 due to disagreement among legislators over the exact […]