Top: Carnegie Library and Riverside County Courthouse
Bottom: Municipal Auditorium and U.S. Post Office
We thought we’d start the new year off with an old postcard showing a few of downtown Riverside’s civic buildings.
Dating from the late 1950s / early 1960s, the images show the 1903 Carnegie Library, the 1903 Riverside County Courthouse, the 1927 Municipal Auditorium, and the 1939 U.S. Post Office. Three of the four buildings remain standing today (the Carnegie Library met the wrecking ball in 1964).
At least one of the photos (and maybe all) were taken by Max Mahon, whose images of downtown Riverside from that era have been used on several postcards distributed by Columbia Wholesale Supply.
Mailed from Riverside in December 1962, the personal note on the back of the postcard indicates it was sent to a locale of cold and bitter weather, which reminds us how lucky we are to reside in sunny Southern California (especially during those mild January days of 76 degrees and bright blue skies we often have):
In the coming year, we’re planning to continue our efforts at spotlighting Riverside’s history, with more postcards, images and tidbits from the past. In particular, we’re hoping to gather more from the post-World War II era of Riverside (which are surprisingly difficult to track down). So if you have suggestions — and even better, images — be sure to send them to us!
Postcard courtesy of Columbia Wholesale Supply, North Hollywood, California
Sources: “Riverside – 1870-1940” (Steve Lech)