Before the digital deluge of information, sometimes the only way to see or know an obscure place existed was to receive a postcard from a traveling friend, and glimpse a unexpected landscape in black and white, or washed out color. Below is a small mailbag of these visual dispatches from some of our favorite places, and how they once appeared to the wanders who came before us. 

SWEENEY OBSERVATORY SITE
San Francisco, California

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YE OLDE CURIOSITY SHOP
Seattle, Washington

article-image(via Wikimedia) 

CRESCENT HOTEL
Eureka Springs, Arkansas

article-image(via Wikimedia)

MUSEE AFRICAIN DE L'ILE D'AIX
Île d'Aix, France

article-image (via Wikimedia)

OLD MAN OF THE DALLES
St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin 

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PERE LACHAISE CEMETERY
Paris, France

article-image(via Wikimedia)

CHEESMAN PARK
Denver, Colorado 

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BLUE WHALE
Catoosa, Oklahoma

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Have a vintage postcard from a place in the Atlas Obscura that you'd like the share? Let us know!

Places in this article

Blue Whale of Catoosa

Catoosa, Oklahoma

The 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa

Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Cheesman Park

Denver, Colorado

Ye Olde Curiosity Shop

Seattle, Washington

Sweeney Observatory Site

San Francisco, California

Old Man of the Dalles

Taylors Falls, Minnesota
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