Monday, January 4, 2010

Greetings from Oakland

Oakland postcard

Sometime back I bought some vintage postcards of Oakland. They're a familiar format, with 'greetings from', and the letters of 'Oakland' filled with images from Oakland, of course.

I love them for their vintage-y goodness, but honestly, Curt Teich & Co., Inc, could have done better picking images for inside the letters. It has:
O - Alameda County Courthouse
A - City Hall
K - Lake Merritt
L - San Francisco Bay Bridge
A - Posey Tube
N - Municipal Auditorium (aka the Kaiser Convention Center)
D - Wild Ducks on Lake Merritt

(Searching on Oakland Municipal Auditorium to confirm that it was the Kaiser Convention Center lead to this interesting picture, showing the building being used as a hospital during the 1918 flu pandemic.)

So my question, dear readers, is what would you include for the 7 images for Oakland if you were creating this today? My partial list is:
  • Lake Merritt
  • Tribune Tower
  • Redwood Regional Park
But what else would you include?


artemis said...

Hmm...I might throw in the Mormon Temple or the new cathedral, the Fox or Grand Lake Theater, and maybe the Fairyland sign. There are also a bunch of buildings I love, but they probably don't scream "Oakland" to the average person.

ArtSparker said...

The Albany bulb sculptures? The Creative Growth sign?

Unknown said...

K had two good ideas: the cranes in West Oakland, and some graffiti or one of the many murals.

Anonymous said...


Check out this photo:

Unknown said...

That's awesome! Looks like:
O - city hall
A - Chinatown
K - oranges(?)
L - Tribune tower
A - Fox Theater
N - courthouse
D - redwoods
all with a nice background of Lake Merritt.