The Iowa State Fair In Vintage Postcards (Postcard History Series)
  • The Iowa State Fair In Vintage Postcards (Postcard History Series)
  • The Iowa State Fair In Vintage Postcards (Postcard History Series)

The Iowa State Fair In Vintage Postcards (Postcard History Series)

by Ron Playle
     
 

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Each August, the Iowa State Fairgrounds, home to America's quintessential state fair, becomes 400 acres of sights, sounds, and aromas. More than just a showcase for farm machinery, the fair has one of the world's largest livestock shows, hundreds of competitive events, first-class entertainment, and ever imaginable food-on-a-stick. The first Iowa State Fair, held…  See more details below

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Each August, the Iowa State Fairgrounds, home to America's quintessential state fair, becomes 400 acres of sights, sounds, and aromas. More than just a showcase for farm machinery, the fair has one of the world's largest livestock shows, hundreds of competitive events, first-class entertainment, and ever imaginable food-on-a-stick. The first Iowa State Fair, held in 1854 at Fairfield, drew 10,000 visitors, and attendance now tops one million each year. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it has been held at its present location in Des Moines since 1886. In the early 1900s, fairgoers could choose from a large selection of postcards, stick on a penny stamp, and mail them to friends to describe their blue ribbon, an exciting midway ride, or the great entertainment. Over 190 vintage postcards provide glimpses of the fair from the 1890s to the mid-1950s in The Iowa State Fair.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738540375
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
07/28/2006
Series:
Postcard History Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,373,528
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author


Des Moines native Ron Playle has collected postcards of the Des Moines area for over 50 years and has enjoyed

going to the Iowa State Fair for an equal number of years. Playle is now semiretired but keeps active by selling worldwide vintage postcards on his Playle's Online Auction Web site and, of course, going to the fair every year.

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