Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Casinos Without Gambling in Maine & Oregon

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Today I wanted to introduce you to casinos without gambling. Newcomers to postcard collecting are often puzzled when they see a postcard from Maine or Oregon with a casino on it since our modern vision of a casino is based on Las Vegas and gambling. In the early 1900s, a Casino was meeting place for the town where people came to meet, socialize, dine, dance and have a good time but gambling, as we know it, was not one of the activities. The first postcard shows the Riverton Casino in Portland Maine with a bridge to the left of the casino and a trolley track running right by the front door. The August 1908 message on the tells of having supper there and then sitting "on the broad Piazza & cooled off before coming home". Similar casino postcards can be found on my website at Moody's Postcards. The second postcard is on the other coast in Portland Oregon and shows the Cape Cottage Casino. Again, similar postcards can be found on my website at Moody's Postcards. Just enter "casino" in the search engine on the website.

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