Denise's Grandfather Jack was born in Colorado around the first of the last century. He was a salesman, and started his family in Colorado. Sometime in the 1940's he moved his family, including Denise's young mother Jacqueline, to California. He must have acquired the following collection of postcard folders when he was thinking of moving. He saved them together for years and before he died in the early 1980s gave the collection to his granddaughter Denise. Denise, knowing that I collect postcards and have a love of California and history, presented them to me. I was thrilled! And here they are, eight wonderful photo-filled folders:
If you are coming to California from Colorado, first you go through the desert. It takes a long, long time, as I discovered while we were moving my mother-in-law from Denver to Placerville a few years ago.
Spanish missionaries came into the California desert wilderness to share their beliefs with the natives and built beautiful missions along the coast as they made their way north. This folder shows many of them. Once my husband and I took the long road back from the LA area while on vacation and tried to check out as many missions as we could on the way home. It was very interesting and quite fun. Some are still standing, some ruins, all still beautiful.
The inside of the last folder has many facts about California. It was discovered in 1542 and ruled by Spain until 1822, by Mexico until 1848, and admitted to statehood in 1850. California has both the highest (Mt. Whitney) and the lowest (Death Valley) points in the United States. It has the oldest, largest and tallest trees in the world, five national parks, and the worlds highest waterfalls (in Yosemite).
I hope you enjoyed seeing the folders and taking a little tour of California with me. Thank you to Denise for her much appreciated, thoughtful, wonderful gift to me.