St. Joseph, MO

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I have seen hundreds of post office postcards, but never one like this. The post office is in St. Joseph, Missouri, the date is April 4, 1916, and the “Human Fly” climbing its walls is Harry H. Gardiner, an American who successfully scaled more than 700 buildings in Europe and North America, usually wearing ordinary street clothes and using no special equipment. The St. Joseph Observer ran this short piece after Gardner’s climb:

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And below: a more typical postcard of the St. Joseph post office, pale as it may be in comparison.

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San Antonio, TX

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This may be the one that got me started. A fabulously illogical castle in San Antonio, with a colonnade and a tower that had a tower of its own, it was designed by Mifflin E. Bell (1846-1904), the U.S. Supervising Architect (who once noted, “In the preparation of designs for various buildings, I have endeavored to avoid monotony.”). It was built between 1887 and 1890 under the watchful eyes of his successors. Sadly, for those who love the unique and original, it stood for just 45 years, and was demolished in 1935.

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Such was this post office’s charm that it also appeared on a commemorative coin, below, a souvenir for patrons of Nentwig’s Bar in San Antonio.

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