Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful holiday, and have maybe even seen some snow.

My Christmas card to you is this festive 1960s or 1970s postcard of Leavenworth, Washington at Christmastime:

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Leavenworth, Washington

Leavenworth, first settled in the 1880s, started out as a trading post. By the time the railroad came through, it expanded into a logging town. Its original name was Icicle Flats, and its sawmill was one of the largest in the country.

When the railroad changed its route in the 1920s to one less affected by extreme winter weather, Icicle Flats languished and weathered away to near-extinction until the 1960s, when town leaders made a plan to save the city. The plan was to transform Icicle Flats into a Bavarian town, making tourism the city’s primary industry.

By the mid to late 1960s, the Christmas Lighting and Autumn Leaf festivals were celebrated in Leavenworth. Maifest and Oktoberfest were added in 1971 and 1998 respectively.

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Christmas season in the Bavarian Village of Leavenworth, Washington.
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Lake Chelan, 1911

Straight from the golden age of postcards, especially those printed in Germany, comes this colorized postcard of Lake Chelan, postmarked in Seattle on July 6, 1911.

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The Card, addressed to a Mr. Radcliffe Cochran in Hayden Lake, Idaho, reads as follows:

” July 3rd Dear Rad ~ glad to hear from you after so long silence, hardly knew where you were. Why are you coming to the coast? It’s awful cold here & the 4th of July I’ll celebrate of a picnic on Bainbridge Island, where will you? Have a good time. I guess I’ll teach this fall at last at l-a-s-t ! Write again. Your old friend, Gram”

Postage was just one cent.

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