IAGenWeb Project - Clayton co.

David Shedlock's Iowa Postcard Collection

Photo Postcards from Clayton county
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IAGenWeb is pleased to announce David Shedlock has allowed the IAGenWeb county websites to display his postcard collection of images of Iowa. Mr. Shedlock has thousands of postcard photos from all over Iowa, dating 1900-1920 and after.  The postcards on this page depict Clayton county buildings or locations. Some have writing on the back of the card. Thank-you David!

If you are researching in other counties, you can visit the other IAGenWeb county websites to see if they also have added David's postcards. This is a new project, so it's possible that not all counties have uploaded their postcards or only some of them. An easy way to find postcards from his collection is to enter "David Shedlock" [including the quote marks] into the main site search box on each county website.

All transcriptions are by S. Ferrall. Many are 'best guess' due to the handwriting. Anything enclosed in [ ] brackets was added by the transcriber.



I'll Be Waiting At The Gate For You
Golden Jubilee
Fiftieth Anniversary and Home Coming
Aug. 29-Sept. 3, '10 --- National, Iowa
Fair Grounds of Clayton County Agricultural Society


U.S. Postage - One Cent
2 Cancellation stamps:
Aug 16, 1910 7 PM

West Union, Iowa
Aug 17, 1910 4 PM

[Addressed to:]
Miss Rosina Otting
Le Sueur, Minn.

Dear Cousin; Suppose you think I am not living any-more, got your letter in May and now it is August before I answered. We are having rainy weather now which seems very good it was very dry. Corn and potatoes didn't look very good last week but we think the rain will help them yet. Oats seem to be good, we didn't thresh yet, stacked our grain. Are you at Wilst's yet? We didn't have any rain to speak of all summer until now. I guess it is that way all over. I will write a letter soon will send this card to leave you now. I am alive yet.


Kramer's "Idle-Wild" on the Turkey River, near Elkader, Iowa
X Your Humble

[Back of card]

United States and Canada, One Cent
Foreign, Two Cents
Stamp imprint, but has been removed

[remainder can't be seen]

[Addressed to:]
Mr. E. G. Eggman [or possibly E. S. Eggman]
East St Louis


Many Thanks for your card from the Encampment that you remembered me with. I am glad that you have enjoyed your trip to N.Jr. and my only wish that I could been with you and enjoy your company. My love to you and your Family.
Anton Kramer

[Note: The card is likely pre-WWI, possibly ca1908-1910. Mr. Kramer died in 1918.]


Elkader Iowa From Lovers Leap

[the back of this card is blank]


Photo postcard of the Turkey river rushing under the Keystone Arch bridge. The top of the Clayton County courthouse is in the background.

[the back of this card is blank]

Clayton County Court House, Elkader, Iowa
Manz Colortypes Chicago

[the back of this card is blank]


Courthouse Elkader IA - N210

[printed on back]
All rights reserved - The L.L. Cook Co, Milwaukee


Elkader Iowa

[Notes: in foreground is the arch bridge over the Turkey river, background is the Clayton County Courthouse. A postcard with this image was sent by two different people. The back of each is below.]

One Cent Stamp Here
[partially obscured, likely Elkader, Iowa; 190?]

[Addressed to:]
Mrs. Tillie Goldberg
Enderlin, N.D.

[Handwritten message:]
Wishing you A Merry Xmas and A Happy New Year
Julia G.

Place Stamp Here

[Handwritten message:]
Hello Aunt [illegible-possibly Lenore]
Will this do for a letter this time. Im going to have Aid Society the 13th Come down. I heard yesterday that Mrs Robison had bought that property we looked at while you were [here]
Lovingly Fannie Nels Ivan Rita [or Ruth]


World's Longest Keystone Arch Bridge
Elkader, Iowa

Built in 1889. Two spans 84 ft. clear. Each arch is 27'9" high. Bridge is 34 ft. wide and 240 ft. long. Center pier is 19 ft. at base. Some 17,612,255 pounds of material and 4,161 cu. ft. of stone used in construction.

Photo by Iowa Development Commission 78458-C
Made by Dexter Press, West Nyack, New York
Pub. by Griffith Press, Inc., Box 130, Elkader, Iowa 52043

[the above is printed on the back of the card; no stamp & not addressed]

Elkader Public Library
Elkader, Ia

[the back of this card is blank]


[card not stamped or addressed, description printed on back:]

The lake and entrance to the fabulous underground river in Spook Cave one of the principal tourist attractions near McGregor, Iowa.

Published by Goergan Studio, McGregor, Iowa
Ektachrome by Margery Goergen
Plastichrome by colourpicture publishers, Inc., Boston 15, Mass. U.S.A.


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