Under the Turquoise Sky: 1921

Except for a couple of pages at the back, just about every page of this booklet has a photo. Yet due to smaller type and narrower margins, a typical page of this booklet with a photo has more words than a page of solid text in yesterday’s 1903 edition. Still, with half the number of interior pages, something had to have been left out.

Click image to download a 12.3-MB PDF of this 36-page booklet.

A map in the back highlights Rock Island routes from Chicago and St. Louis to Denver and Colorado Springs as well as from Memphis to Hot Springs, Arkansas. The text notes that the bathhouse in Manitou, Colorado is operated by the same management as one of the largest spas in Hot Springs, which is supposed to be an endorsement of some kind. People in the 1920s placed greater faith in the curative powers of hot springs than people today, who just see them as recreational pools.


Under the Turquoise Sky: 1921 — 1 Comment

  1. At least this one wasn’t written by Henry P Phelps. It was probably some guy in the passenger traffic department, but he did a creditable job writing in an understandable manner and using words most people already know. The layout was a little odd, with with a description of a mountain or pass suddenly jumping to hotels and then back to the mountains. The Broadmoor and Antlers still look pretty much like they did in 1921. Instead of paying Rand McNally for a map, it looks like they had an intern give his best impression of one. The only good thing is the names on the map weren’t spelled wrong. The whole map was stretched out like it was done by someone with severe vison problems. It may have been, but you’d think someone in the traffic department would have noticed that map looked a little…strange.

    Regards, Jim.

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