Business & Commercial

Views of Rock Island, Illinois

 This postcard was an inexpensive production.  The publisher simply compiled miniature black-and-white versions of other Rock Island postcards.  One can assume this was a bargain for the purchaser as well, … [ Continued

Reynolds Engineering

5th Avenue at 38th Street This Real Photo postcard from about 1926 shows the home of Reynolds Engineering and Manufacturers.  Thanks to Richard Iverson for sharing this rare postcard. Some … [ Continued

Harper House Hotel

2nd Avenue & 19th Street It opened to wide acclaim with an elaborate banquet in February 1871.  And according to an 1877 County Directory,  “One of the oldest residents of … [ Continued

Parade & Stable on Third Avenue

Third Avenue West from 17th Street In 1908, Rock Island was home to the annual statewide conclave of the Knights Templar, a Masonic organization that claims roots in the Crusades.  … [ Continued

Teddy’s Day

Second Avenue East from 17th Street  This unused postcard from Shannon Hall’s collection shows a parade along Second Avenue, apparently celebrating a visit to Rock Island by President Theodore “Teddy” … [ Continued

State Bank Building

Second Avenue & 17th Street Second Avenue and 17th Street north of Market Square has been home to a bank since the earliest days of Rock Island. The story owes … [ Continued

Rock Island Plow Company

Vicinity Second Avenue & 6th Street  This story begins about 1855.  For over a century, it was a roller coaster ride, climbing upward in good times with good-paying jobs, then … [ Continued

Modern Woodmen Publications Building

318 16th Street  This postcard shows the Publication Building of Modern Woodmen of America (MWA) that, for 75 years, was located at 318 16th Street right, behind the current Rock … [ Continued