Petaluma in Vintage Postcards

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Incorporated in 1858, Petaluma rapidly became a thriving commercial and major transportation center. This carefully curated selection of vintage postcards illustrates Petaluma’s identity and pride as it grew from a strategic port location provisioning San Francisco during the Gold Rush to an agricultural and manufacturing town in the late 1800s. After the turn of the 20th century, Petaluma focused on the poultry industry and proclaimed itself “The World’s Egg Basket.” The cast-iron storefronts and iconic buildings, such as the Carnegie Library, post office, and silk mill, are some of the impressive landmarks constructed during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Images of a busy waterfront with a bustling downtown surrounded by Victorian homes, beautiful churches, and public parks demonstrate the town’s development and prosperity.
ISBN: 9781467105446
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Postcard History Series
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Alice van Ommeren is a postcard collector and resides in Petaluma. Her previous publications include Stockton in Vintage Postcards and Yosemite’s Historic Camps and Hotels. KC Greaney, PhD, holds a master’s degree in US history and is a longtime Petaluma resident and community member.
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