Postcards From Home

Hollywood Supper Club

1825 Second Avenue The Hollywood Supper Club, under the ownership of Woodrow “Woody” Cather, was a landmark in downtown Rock Island for thirty years from the 1930s to the 1960s.  … [ Continued

Modern Woodmen of America Headquarters (County Office Building)

1504 3rd Avenue  The intersection of 15th Street and Third Avenue was a hubbub of building activity in the late 1890s.  Within a two month period in early 1897, a … [ Continued

Royal Neighbors Supreme Officee

230 16th Street For much of modern history, women’s organizations functioned as a subsidiary to a men’s organization.  And indeed this is the way the Royal Neighbors of America (RNA) … [ Continued

Rock Island Savings Bank

Third Avenue & 18th Street  The Rock Island Savings Bank was brand new when this postcard was mailed in 1911—so new, in fact, that instead of using a photo as … [ Continued

Uptown Business District

14th Avenue at 38th Street As Rock Island grew and expanded up the bluff, small retail centers developed concurrently to serve the new residents.  Our Real Photo postcard showing 14th … [ Continued

Downtown, Looking Southeast

Once again, thanks are due to Shannon Hall for lending us a most intriguing Real Photo postcard of the buildings and rooftops of downtown Rock Island.  The presence of certain … [ Continued

Best Building

1701-1707 Second Avenue  In 1908 there were several new buildings being built in downtown Rock Island: the Safety Building, the London (Quad City Arts) and the Best Building as depicted … [ Continued

Bear Manufacturing – Automotive Safety Service School

21st Street & 5th Avenue  The Happy Bear—that’s what they called the impish critter who was the mascot and logo for the Bear Manufacturing Company a business which opened in … [ Continued