Postcards From Home

Immanuel Lutheran Church

5th Avenue at 20th Street  1923 5th Avenue Like hands folded in prayer, the tall tapered spires of Immanuel Lutheran Church are emblems of a religious structure that has graced downtown Rock Island for over a century.   At 162 feet high, the main steeple may well be the tallest in the community.  Even the building’s … [ Continued

Frederick & Rose Titterington House

816 22nd Street  Although Real Photo postcards aren’t as colorful as their lithographed, mass-produced, counterparts, they are even more valuable to the architectural historian.  Even when they are badly faded as this one is, they accurately depict what buildings and their surroundings really looked like.  There is no fakery, no drawn-in trees or shrubbery or … [ Continued

Norrman House

4509 8th Avenue Many folks have shared their treasured Rock Island postcards for this series and this is no exception.  The Real Photo postcard of a house at 4509 8th Avenue comes all the way from St Paul, Minnesota, thanks to Robert Stumm.  Mr. Stumm is not only a postcard collector but he has also … [ Continued

Lincoln Park – Denkmann Memorial Pool

Near 40th Street & 11th Avenue This postcard, which dates from about 1960, isn’t as old as many in this series of articles, but it’s one with an interesting story.  Identified only as “Lincoln Park,” it really shows the Denkmann Memorial Pool House within that park.  This is from the personal collection of preservationist Shannon … [ Continued

Central Trust & Savings Bank

230 18th Street In Rock Island’s early years, it seems that there was a bank (or two) at every downtown intersection. This postcard shows one of the finest bank buildings constructed in our area.  Even today, it looks a great deal as it did when it was built in 1914 on the northwest corner of … [ Continued

American Foursquare

Address unverified  This Real Photo postcard is believed to show a Rock Island house, as it was included with many other Rock Island postcards that Robert Schroeder inherited from his grandmother, Emma Holtzer.  Handwriting on the back identifies it as the “McKay House,” although City Directory research couldn’t find a Rock Island McKay family living … [ Continued

E. A. Adams House

1712 12th Avenue  This is a “Real Photo” postcard that would have been custom made for the Adams family who owned the house.   Although caption indicates it is at 1712 12th Avenue, today its address is 1712 13th Avenue.  Around 1915, 11th Avenue in this Rock Island area was eliminated causing a few other avenues … [ Continued

House at 530 20th Avenue

This Real Photo postcard from Bob Schroeder’s collection has a special meaning to him because it shows his grandmother’s house, the same grandmother, Emma Holtzer, from whom he inherited a rich trove of historic photo postcards.   Since many of the postcards show scenes in the same vicinity, he speculates that his grandmother may even have … [ Continued