04/11/2018

ROUTE 66

THE ICONIC AMERICAN HIGHWAY

2018 HOLIDAY POSTCARD COLLECTION

 

My visit was to just a very small section of Route 66 country, Arizona and California, mainly concentrated on the area around Flagstaff, Arizona where we stayed for a night and from where many of the postcards depicted here came from, probably most to be fair.

I was really taken with the wide selection of Route 66 postcards available and how attractive most of the designs were. Many of these postcards have a nice reverse side as well, many with Route 66 signs included. I got to see one of the large and well-known Route 66 signs in Williams, Arizona and took my own photographs.

 So, here under this special TAB is the selection of postcards I bought, depicted front and back, which saves me having to give you all the details in the text box area, especially as there would be quite a lot of repetition.

This one seemed like a good one to start off with.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

WOODEN POSTCARD

These were very popular across America, so I bought this one to go with the card depicted below which has the same image on it and which was available from the same location that this wooden postcard was – the Railways Station for the Grand Canyon Railway in Williams.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

The only LANTERN PRESS published card I found re Route 66

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

A classic design

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

a simple map based theme

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

This one is more ARIZONA themed, but there is a strip of Route 66 related road signs. You also get The Grand Canyon and Monument Valley here, both of which I got to visit.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

one of my favourites from this selection, a nice historic image

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

Quite an iconic postcard design I thought

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

another of my favourite designs, I like a nice map postcard

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

A 'Greetings From' classic large letters design

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

Pretty much the same front design as the card above, but the boarder is a bit brighter. The main difference is the reverse side - see below

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

one for those who like the Route 66 signs on their postcards

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

an unusual card for my 'Police' collection as well.

All the designs from here down are published by - SMITH-SOUTHWESTERN. A large output of cracking Route 66 designs

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

A nice motorcycle design, used a lot less than cars on these designs but I am sure many people do use these to travel along the route

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

A design which also uses images of older postcards in it

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

i was surprised by how few vertical designs were available, this is a motorcycle themed one

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

you have got to love a design which incorporates an American Bald Eagle 

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

an interesting design, and TV is mentioned on the board, my favourite theme

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

lots of older vehicles appear on these cards

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

Another eye-catching attractive postcard image

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

The only traditional 'Multi-View' layout styled postcard I found

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

i liked this one

 

nice simple design with a Grand Canyon image

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

The Americans love and collect old metal advertising signs and petrol pumps, so I was not surprised to find them featured on postcards

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

A very attractive design with advert signs, cars and a motorcycle

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

another of the rare vertical issues 

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

One of the better motorcycle photographs

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

more petrol pumps and signs

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

Another LARGE LETTERS 'Greetings From' design, something which is an American postcard iconic design

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

Definately a favourite as this design uses images of older postcards as a background to the iconic Route 66 road sign. The source of the postcards is even mentioned on the reverse side - see below

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

There is something very Disney/Pixar about this photograph. I wonder if the animated film 'Cars' was responsible for the eyes being added here, or was this car the source of the idea for the film? I suspect the former is more likely 

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

If you look further up the postcard selection you will find this same car on another postcard issue

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

A nice Art design

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

Another one which quickly caught my eye on the postcard rack

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

If I had to pick just one postcard out of this complete selection as my outright favourite then this design would be the winner

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

and this is my least favourite design, but then I bought this as a souvenir of my visit and stay in Flagstaff

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

And for my last card I have this nice use of colour over a black and white background. It makes this a very attractive and eye-catching design, something which I found to be a common thing with all these Route 66 designs.

 

REVERSE SIDE OF ABOVE POSTCARD

 

PHOTOGRAPH

19TH October 2018

My photograph of the iconic Route 66 road-sign in Williams, Arizona

(it was night time when we reached this so a flash was required)

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