Postcards from Pennsylvania A postcard or post card is a rectangular piece of thick paper or thin cardboard intended for writing and mailing without an envelope. Shapes other than rectangular may also be used. Postcards let the addressee know that the addresser was someplace special, just like today’s internet-based communications. Before email attachments, Instagram and texts, there were postcards. Handwritten and mailed, their transit time was measured in days, not milliseconds. I became interested in postcards while doing research on the early days of Route 30 in Pennsylvania. Some of the postcards I encountered were just ho hum pictures (RPPC) while others were works of art like this painted postcard of the Ship Hotel on Route 30 west of Bedford. To me, postcards celebrate the birth of the travel industry in America enabled by the automobile and roads that took people places – like Route 30, aka the Lincoln Highway. When folks stopped at points of interest as they traveled, be it the Ship Hotel, the Coffee Pot in Bedford or Bill’s Place above Breezewood, they sent a postcard. I don’t send postcards after my visits. I do the opposite. I plan my day trips to postcard locations that catch my fancy. I try to take a picture at the same location using the same perspective (not always possible due to the passage of time). Feel free to add your own postcard entries. For starters, here is a little nugget of PA history that I’ve been driving by (ignoring) all my adult life – Gallitzin Spring on Old Route 22 west of Altoona. Thanks to theses two postcards, I can now count it as a place that I have visited via a motorcycle. Some changes over the last 100 years. Route 22 (Old Rt 22) has been moved above the spring, although I'm standing on the original roadbed. The original spring stone work is mostly intact and the spring is still flowing. I'd give this spot a 9 on a 10 scale for survivability. Thanks for viewing.