Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Miss Spokane -- 1912

When you collect postcards the possibilities of which cards to add to the collection seem almost unlimited. We think a collector needs focus ... For us, it's mostly railroads, the opening up of the Western USA, and US National Parks. There are likely going to be a few cards that don't fit exactly into the main categories, like this one .... Miss Spokane 1912.

An attractive young lady for sure, tastefully attired, as drawn by Eleanor Gaddis.  We discovered more about Miss Spokane at HistoryLink.org where they tell us ... "An initial contest offering prizes for drawings and designs for the Miss Spokane symbol was officially announced in the Spokane Daily Chronicle on January 17, 1912.  On March 7, 1912, Eleanor Gaddis's sketch of a female Indian Maiden figure holding a large jug from which water cascaded was chosen the winner.  The Spokane Advertising Club immediately launched a contest to find a human female face to superimpose on Gaddis's drawing."

Check out HistoryLink.org for more on Miss Spokane.

This is an unused card ...

Close up of bottom front side shows design and drawn by Eleanor Gaddis and engraving by McDermid Engraving Co., Copyright 1912, Union logo for printing, and Official Seal.

Thank you for stopping by John's Island.


  1. It's a beautiful drawing, for sure. I was taken by the amazing amount of water that cascaded from that small jar! :-)

  2. What a lovely card. I wonder what she had on her mind (the maiden) when the water was spilling out of the jug?

  3. What a great post card for your collection.
    Had a chuckle reading Djan's comment.

  4. Never paid much attention to the water until I read DJan's comment!

  5. Which brings me to the subject of butter. A local dairy in Minnesota (Land O Lakes) had a very similar looking Indian Maiden on it butter cartons for years. Funny how that popped into my min after seeing Miss Spokane.

  6. My Mom was born in 1912 and Married in 1919. Died at 95.

    So all this history is music to my ears.


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