Liberty Memorial Building, Bismarck, N.D.

Liberty Memorial Building, Bismarck, North Dakota

Postcard Friendship Friday (PFF)Postcard Friendship Friday once again brings us a card exchanged by postcard friends from long ago.  This card was sent to Kay Anthony on 7 October 1946 from Beason, Illinois, from her postcard pal Mrs. Logan Edwards.  Mrs. Edwards writes:

“This is a card I got in North Dakota as we traveled to the West Coast by train. We were gone right at five weeks and I will never forget the lovely scenery. We went as far north as Vancouver B.C. and as far south as San Diego, Cal. Our relatives out west showed us such as nice time.”

A postcard for Kay Anthony

This is a Curteich “C. T. American Art” postcard, number 103046-N, and it’s a linen postcard, though the card stock is heavier than typical of these types of cards.  The serial number indicates that it’s a reprint of an original run, and records weren’t kept of those types of runs; I can tell, however, that the original run was made in 1925.

The history of the building itself shows that, the more things change, the more things stay the same.  In 1919, the North Dakota Legislature granted an appropriation of $200,000 (adjusted for inflation, that’s about $2.44 million) to construct a building as a memorial to those who fell during the Great War (that is, World War I).  Consequently, some committee sat around for several months trying to decide what sort of design they wanted and, time being money, they decided to hurry up and get the basement poured while they finally got around to telling the architect how it should look.  Construction of the basement alone wound up using most of the appropriation, and so an additional appropriation of $150,000 was requested — in other words, the building went over budget by about 75%.  But why should the government care?  Hey, it wasn’t their money.

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8 Responses

  1. Marie says:

    75 percent!That is just wild Chris!

  2. Sheila says:

    I sometimes wonder if anything, anywhere, has ever been built to budget! That seems quite some journey for anyone to take shortly after WWII ended.

  3. Müge says:

    If I get the chance to visit this building one day I’ll especially take pictures of the basement! :-)

    Happy PFF!

    p.s. I’ve added some Turkish pop/rock music to my playlist – tracks no. 32, 49, 73-81.

  4. Muse Swings says:

    Very interesting info about the card stock and printing! Happy PFF

  5. Janeen says:

    Happy PFF! I like this card~ how the building dominates all the young trees in the landscaping. Today, the trees are probably full grown and beautiful and drawf the building. Hmmm, I’ll have to look that up. I wish I was on their vacation too, 5 weeks of touring the states ~ niiiiiice relatives! The way it used to be.

  6. i’d love to try going interstate by train….the scenery must be very stimulating like this postcard describes.

  7. steviewren says:

    I would love to have the chance to travel by train across country visiting relatives and seeing the sights for five weeks. Such everyday luxury is only the thing of postcard memories now I’m afraid. I’m glad we can share this little piece of Miss Anthony’s and Mrs Edwards friendship.

  8. Postcardy says:

    I think that is the first time I’ve seen a Curteich linen card with that type of number. The heavier card stock sounds unusual too.

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