Postcards From Home

Zion Lutheran Church (St. John’s)

4501 7th Avenue Zion Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church – the name is a real tongue twister, especially considering that its founders’ native tongue was Swedish.  The congregation was formed in … [ Continued

Prince Hall Masonic Home (Maple Ridge Apts.)

3720 5th Street  For much of its life, the location of the Prince Hall Masonic Home was simply noted as “foot of 37th Avenue,” an appropriate address for this historic … [ Continued

Palace Amusement – Marathon Dance

5th Avenue & 13th Street  It was a nationwide craze for over a decade, and Rock Island played a small part in it.  Our postcard today is captioned “Marathon Dance … [ Continued

L. S. McCabe & Co. (Stern Center)

1713 Third Avenue For decades, McCabe’s Department Store was a downtown Rock Island institution.  With multiple locations, it became the standard for retail, even challenging larger chains with its customer … [ Continued

London Building

1715 Second Avenue  It’s not a pretty picture, this postcard captioned “Rock Island Fire.”  What was clearly once a beautiful building is in ruins, icicles hanging like curtains before gaping … [ Continued

First Church of Christ, Scientist (Karpeles Museum)

700 22nd Street This postcard shows a building that doesn’t look like a typical church – no steeple, bell tower or figural stained glass windows – but it is characteristic … [ Continued

Exposition Park (Fairgrounds)

18th Avenue, 5-9th Streets  “April 30, 1911.  Last September we had an exposition at the old county fairgrounds. One of the out-of-door attractions was Capt. Albers 14 trained polar bears.  … [ Continued

Colman Florist

2754 12th Street It’s not uncommon for a young man to follow his father into the family business.  But when five generations of sons and daughters continue the family heritage, … [ Continued