Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Santa Fe Railroad Hotel 1908 Hutchinson Kansas

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Fred Harvey was the head of the Fred Harvey Company, which in 1876 began a partnership with the Santa Fe Railroad. He developed the Harvey House lunch rooms, restaurants, souvenir shop and hotels which served railroad passengers on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, the Gulf Coast and Santa Fe Railway, the Kansas Pacific Railway, the St. Louis San Francisco Railway and the Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis. While Fred Harvey died in 1901, his sons and grandson ran the company until it was sold in 1968. The postcard below was copyrighted by Fred Harvey and printed by Arthur Capper of Topeka Kansas around 1908 and shows The Eisonte Hotel, a Santa Fe Railroad Hotel run by the Fred Harvey Company. There are many collectors of Fred Harvey related postcards which were often printed by Fred Harvey or the Detroit Publishing Company for him which makes today's postcard a bit unusual. This postcard can be found in my Kansas listings along with 10,000 more postcards on my website Moody's Postcards.

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