Vista-Dome North Coast Limited Postcards

Our final Northern Pacific postcards, at least for awhile, are from the Vista-Dome era, meaning 1954 or later. The first card shows the Vancouver, BC skyline of the mid-1950s. It has certainly changed since then, as it is now crowded with high-rise condominiums and other skyscrapers that dwarf the ones shown on the postcard.

Click image to download a 370-KB PDF of this postcard.

The next photo shows the fishing fleet at Ketchikan. Unlike Vancouver, Ketchikan’s downtown hasn’t changed much since the 1950s, but the fishing boats today are probably much larger.

Click image to download a 384-KB PDF of this postcard.

Following the Alaska theme, the next postcard shows Juneau, the state capital. The large buildings on the right were the Alaska-Juneau gold mine. Today most of the gold mined in Juneau comes from cruise ship passengers. These Alaska postcards probably were issued in 1959, the year Alaska became a state. The H.S. Crocker Company, whose name is on the cards, issued a card with the same photo of Juneau for the John M. Anderson News Air Company of Anchorage.

Click image to download a 225-KB PDF of this postcard.

This photo of an anonymous family waving from a pontoon boat may be attractive to members of that family, but as used on a postcard it is somewhat creepy. Who wants to send a postcard featuring someone else’s family?

Click image to download a 123-KB PDF of this postcard.

While the previous cards are difficult to date precisely, the following one is easy as it shows the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. Since it is an artist’s portrayal rather than a photo, it must have been issued in late 1961 or early 1962. The fair greatly increased business for both Northern Pacific and Great Northern passenger trains, but the boost was only temporary.

Click image to download a 247-KB PDF of this postcard.

Leave a Reply