Postcard of Main Street

Description
Postcards, once used as souvenirs, now help us reflect on what a small part of Main Street America used to look like. As highways spread across the nation, Main Street views like this changed and in some cases disappeared as travelers were diverted to roadside eateries away from small towns.
Object Name
postcard
Date made
1920s
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 9.6 cm x 14 cm; 3 3/4 in x 5 1/2 in
ID Number
1986.3048.1587
nonaccession number
1986.3048
catalog number
1986.3048.1587
subject
Photography
Food
Transportation
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Culture and the Arts: Photographic History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Visitor Comments

7/19/2013 10:00:39 AM
Dale E. Fuller, M.D.
What a nice surprise to see this photo in your collection! I grew up in that town, Chamberlain, SD. My father's drug store is on the corner, and I used to "get to" eat at the Derby Cafe once in a while, when "eating out" was a treat! Burgers (still the best in my memory) were 25 cents, fries were a 15 cents, and a glass of milk was a dime. Judging by the age of the cars, I'd guess the shot was taken in the late 1930's.
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