Court Cafe, Albuquerque
There’s a clever little note printed on the back in cursive, “PS I certainly had a wonderful dinner here.” Manufactured by Teich & Co.
Civic Plaza, Albuquerque
Looks pretty good a ground level even though it’s turned out to be a solar dog roaster. Card is postmarked 1980 which is pretty close of the end of the Decade of Destruction, as I call it, for Downtown. The decade that gave us a fascist revival convention center architecture, the weird overpass the goes from MLK right into the Convention Center parking lot, cutting off several blocks of first street from any access at all, the destruction of hundred of thousand of square feet of older buildings including important historic ones like the Franciscan and the Alvarado. The final insult was building Civic Plaza and closing 4th street for 5 blocks, killing any north-south traffic and a major route through downtown and morally damaging neighborhoods like Barelas, making then afterthoughts in the psychic landscape of the area.
View of Albuquerque’s Downtown from the SW
A Petley postcard, probably taken in the 1960s. Looks like I-40 was built but not I-25.
Roping Steer on Jackrabbit
The full first line reads, “Roping steer from New Mex Jack Rabbit” then it continues, “Carlsbad Caverns NM”. It’s signed in ink by “Howard, Pecos Tex.”
Leave Texas, Enter New Mexico
St. Francis Cathedral, Santa Fe, NM
Dated May, 1938.
New Mexico Products
Looks like maybe from a World’s Fair of Exhibition? Dated Monday, July 10, 1939 on back.
Who’s A Good Dog? You Are!
Other than being in with the bunch of other photos from NM, I know it’s not really on topic, but that dog is pretty cute.
Men and New Mexico Sign
This pic is boss. Out in the heat in the 3 piece suit. My guess is that this is a pic somehow connected with the railroad. Only somebody from outside the area would be dressed like that in what looks to be the middle of nowhere.
View from the Tram, August, 1969
Wow, there’s nothing for miles. Makes you realize how much Albuquerque has grown (sprawled) in the last 45+ years.
Photo from August 19, 1939 with a stamp from the Camera Shop of New Mexico.
Parade in Albuquerque
I recognize the Welborn Paint logo and the old YMCA that was on the NE corner of Central and 1st.
No note on the back of this one. Not very much to go on for where it was taken but the other photos in this series were from Albuquerque, so that’s a guess.
La Fonda Santa Fe, 1946
Tried to keep the rag edges on this one. Love the way the developer uses the deboss to make it look like a print.
Greetings from Cuba, NM
Don’t get me wrong, I like Cuba, NM. There’s a couple of good restaurants and I’ve spent some serious time there fueling up, getting ice and stocking up on beer on way to the Jemez Mountains. There’s a couple of cool neon signs that were probably in working order when this postcard was published. That would have made an interesting image.
Instead, someone decided, “Hey, let’s not put a picture of the town. Instead, let’s put a picture of NM 126 that heads up into the Jemez Mountains cause the highway is the only part of Cuba most visitors actually see.”
Greetings from Lordsburg
Somebody felt so bad about Lordsburg that they substituted a photo of a rock formation for actually showing a town.
Glacier Boulder in Tijeras Canyon
Route 66 east of Albuquerque, NM, through the mountains via Tijeras Canyon. BTW, I don’t think Tijeras canyon was formed by a glacier, so this ‘glacier rock’ might just be a normally weathered rock, not caused by a glacier. Try to contain your disappointment.
Indian Detours Cover
From the Harvey House chain.
Pueblo Bonito Guidebook Cover
Chaco Canyon National Monument Guidebook Cover
Maybe form the 1940’s? No copyright date on this one.
Palisades in Cimarron Canyon, NM
From the back:
On highway 64 from Raton to Taos, NM, we pass over one of the most beautiful views in this section of the Rockies. Many artists journey from NY and eastern points to paint its grandeur on canvas. In pioneer days it was a dangerous and treacherous route for the traveler as behind many a rock a blood-thirsty savage lurked.
Civic Center Plaza
From the back:
Aerial view of the new hub of downtown Albuquerque – Civic Center Plaza. In the background is the new Convention Center and and new Albuquerque Inn.
Student Union Building, University of NM
From the back:
A unique building designed for the comfort and convenience of the students and operated on a co-operative plan. It contains lunch-rooms, soda fountain, barber shop, book shop, etc. A beautiful ballroom with additional lounges is equipped to take care of all social activities of the university and is furnished and decorated in truly southwestern style.
From the back:
This beautiful building in the Pueblo indian style of architecture, erected at a cost of $350,000 is the last word in modern convenience. Housing 62,000 volumes, space is provided for additional tiers as needed. The Indian and early Spanish motif is carried out in the decorations, with carvings and other designs by native workmen.
A Navajo Family
The Red River Valley
From the back:
In the golden light of autumn, here a little village slumbers in its beautiful valley, still an authentic picture of life as it was during the Mexican regime.
Aerial View of Downtown Albuquerque
Greetings from Albuquerque
From the back:
The metropolis of New Mexico, Albuquerque is situated on the Rio Grande at an elevation of 4988 feet and is approximately the center of the state. The budy city of today was founded by Gov. Cuervo in 1706 and named for the Duke of Alburquerque. Later the first R in the name was dropped with the coming of the Americans.
Winrock Shopping Center, Albuquerque
From the back of the card:
An awe-inspiring view of the highly successful shopping center, with the Sandia Mountains in the background. Here one finds all accommodations, for the vacation seeker, which include motel, restaurant, and gift shop splendor.
It’s a shopping center but also ‘gift shop splendor!’
Albuquerque Facts, 1953
Albuquerque, In The Heart of Indian Country
New Mexico Song Sheet Music
Chaco Canyon Guide
Swayze’s Restaurant in the Franciscan
“A Mexican Home”
Published by the Harvey House Chain.
El Navajo Hotel, Gallup
El Fidel Hotel, Albuquerque
1958 Tingley Field Program
Albuquerque Progress, 1958
DeAnza Motor Lodge
Looks to be an image from the late 50s or early 60s.
Quarai Mission Ruins
Albuquerque Convention Center
Looks like a very inviting place to have a meeting.
Distances from Albuquerque
Pueblo de Taos
New Mexico, Land of Cactus
Albuquerque with view of the Tram
Land of Enchantment: Las Cruces
New Mexico Sign Decal
The Spanish State
White Sands Decal
1960s New Mexico Decal
Welcome to the Land of Enchantment
New Mexico Liquor Tax Stamps
New Mexico, Land of Enchantment
2 Weeks in New Mexico
Super cool cover from a tourist brochure produced in the 1930s.
Fox Cave, Ruidoso
I’ve never been to Fox Cave which seems to be somewhere around Ruidoso. Looks like it’s one of those private musuems/tourist attractions that used to be every 10 miles or so on long highways. Not quite a world’s largest ball of string… Check out their website.
The Sunshine State
NM used “The Sunshine State” before switching to The Land of Enchantment sometime in the mid-1930s.
Yucca, State Flower Decal
Land of Enchantment Decal
Albuquerque, Crossroads of the Southwest
State Visitor Decal
I think these were sent out in a standard package when potential visitors request information from the State Tourist Bureau.
The back lists Thomas Mabry as governor. This must date to when he was in office from 1947 to 1951.
Railroad Underpass in Albuquerque
Port of Entry Tag
Front and the back are both very cool. No idea how these were used but would love to know.
Yucca State Flower of New Mexico
Donald Duck at the New Mexico State Fair
Can’t figure out if this is for some New Mexico promotion at Disney or Disney had something to do with the NM State Fair that year. If you know, leave a message in the comments.
Elephant Butte and Yuccas
Not much to see with the Yuccas but the view of Elephant Butte Dam that isn’t very common.
Most shots are from either end toward the center or from the lake side. This one is from slightly above the dam toward the lake. It might be from a plane since I don’t know of any structure or geological formation that’s high enough and directly over the spillway below the dam to get a shot like this.
I’m In Texas But My Ass Is In New Mexico
Title says it all, but I’d just like to point out the old cowboy photobombing the shot on the left. Pretty sure the photo was taken in Texico, NM. Texico is on the NM side but the Texas side of the community is called Farwell.
Flo and Tippy
Until recently I had no idea that taking your photo at the state line while traveling used to be a thing. I now see these old photos turning up all the time. Maybe we go so fast now it doesn’t make a difference to us?
Nuclear New Mexico
Even though this is the inaugural post of hopefully many more, I’m sure we going to see much more blatant nuclear-themed imagery. The back side doesn’t even mention the huge mushroom cloud. It just says how pretty the country is. Plus, bonus swastikas, native american version, of course.