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Friday, May 23, 2014

WWII Changes on Linen Postcards

During the lead-up to and the progress of a war, governments commandeer private buildings for war uses.  This happened all over the world in World War II, and many of these buildings in the United Kingdom and Australia commandeered to help the Allies can be found on the web. 

There are a variety of colorful before-and-after World War II linen postcards that form an unusual collecting niche.  In this post, I offer a couple of examples of U.S. hotels that became hospitals, and two other examples of Florida postcard images that changed because of WWII.

We begin with the popular Tramor Cafeteria in St. Petersburg, Florida.  Above, you can see the original linen advertising postcard for the Tramor, and below you can see the 'Keep 'Em Flying' version, with American military planes painted on the sky-ceiling and V for Victory flanking the new top caption.

Here is a postcard showing the famous Don Cesar Hotel on Pass-A-Grille beach near St. Petersburg in Florida.  It is still a popular hotel, although now painted an eye-catching pink.   

Commandeered as a hospital, it appears in its World War II usage on the linen postcard below. Note the different spelling of the name, although it is clearly the same building.  Recuperating at the Don Cesar must have included sea breezes and a healing view of the Gulf.  

This postcard of the El Mirador Hotel in Palm Springs, California states in the caption that it is "now Torney General Hospital."  Below is a postcard of the hotel before it was commandeered.

A more subtle change appears on these two Greetings from Tampa linen postcards.  WWII added the notation, "The Army Air Base City" in the letter T.  

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