Monday, April 5, 2010

Festival of Postcards (8th edition) Geography Issue

This is a photo postcard from the 1950s, published by Frashers, showing an incredible view of the eastern slopes of the Sierras  from the town of Bridgeport, Mono County, California.

Bridgeport is about thirty miles away from the gold-mining town of Bodie, Mono County, California, where several of my ancestors lived from about 1878 until about 1896. Bodie has been a ghost town since the 1930s and is now a California State Historical Park.

At one point on  the road to Bodie, as I recall, you can look back to the east and see these wild slopes of the Sierras--perhaps not this exact same vista, but a similar one.

I love this photo because it gives such a good representation of the scale of these mountains vs. the size of the buildings in the town.  The large white building in center of the photos is the Mono County Courthouse, which I visited in 2001 when we took my mother to Bodie for her 80th birthday.

This postcard was never used or posted and so is blank on the back.

Thanks to Evelyn Yvonne Theriault of A Canadian Family for hosting this 8th Festival of Postcards!


1 comment:

Evelyn Yvonne Theriault said...

This is an exceptional view - and I find the placement of the text down the right side of the postcard to be quite interesting. I don't recall seeing this on any of my cards!
Thank you for participating in the next Festival of Postcards. It's shaping up to be a good one.
Please remember to register your entry at Blog Carnivals or with a message at Canadian Family.
Have a good day!
Evelyn in Montreal