While not quite as colorful as Bryce, the Grand Canyon and Zion are both awesome in their own right. These Union Pacific postcards range from about 1928 to the 1950s or 1960s.
This perforated card shows Gilbert Stanley Underwood’s “new” Grand Canyon Lodge as it appeared before the 1932 fire. Since the lodge opened in 1928, the card is probably from that year or shortly thereafter. This is confirmed by the “system” logo on the back, which was only used through 1931.
This shows the view from the lodge. Since “system” has been dropped from the UP logo on the back, this must be after the fire. The lodge reopened in 1937, so the card probably dates from the late 1930s.
This is another perforated card dating from the late 1930s. Since it was a long drive from the Union Pacific railhead to Grand Canyon lodge, UP tried to spice it up by advertising the wildlife in the Kaibab National Forest on the way.
The woman’s clothing and hairstyle in this photo makes me think it is from the 1960s. Certainly it is no earlier than the 1950s, when the modern logo on the back of the card was first years.
This linen card uses the modern logo and is postmarked 1955. The message to someone in Lancaster, Pennsylvania says, “We like this train a lot, are having a good time Our train is a little late. I can get into the upper berth OK but I find it pretty cool at night and I can’t see the beautiful moon. This is a beautiful train.”
This is a chrome card rather than linen, which suggests it probably dates from after the previous card.