Friday, June 13, 2008

Downtown Leesville Louisiana 1936

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Today's post card is from a small town in Louisiana and is typical of the rural towns in the South during the depression. Leesville Louisiana is the parish (county) seat of Vernon Parish and is the home to Fort Polk Army base. The 1910 population was 2,043, around 3,500 in the 1930s and had almost doubled to 6,793 by 2000 and that does not include Fort Polk. This downtown view shows the Leesville Hotel on the right with a drugstore in the hotel in the right foreground. This is a 1936 Curt Teich or Curteich postcard but this card was not mailed until 12 years later in 1948 so keep this lag time in mind when trying to date any postcards you have. The postmark only tells you the postcard is "at least" that old but it could be much older. This postcard can be found in my Louisiana listings along with 10,000 additional postcards on my website Moody's Postcards.

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