St. Joseph, MO

PO St Joe Human Fly

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:

PO Human Fly Harry Gardner

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

PO St Joseph MO 2