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SD Postcard Collection

 Unprocessed Material — Multiple Containers
Identifier: H2012-068

Content Description

The collection consists of one hundred and twenty three postcards transferred from Eagle Public Library in Eagle, CO. The collection comprises mostly of real photo postcards but also includes color tinted cards. The main topics are rodeos and towns, along with other South Dakota related images. The rodeo images include horse and bull riding, bulldogging, bare back riding, cow girls, and trick ropers/riders. Identified South Dakota rodeo images include Tri-State Roundup (Belle Fourche, S.D.), Ruskin Park (S.D.), Interior (S.D.), and Buffalo, (S.D.). Other rodeo images were taken at Cheyenne Frontier Days, Ada (OK), and New Castle (WY). Town postcards include Watertown (S.D.), Sioux Falls (S.D.), Mitchell (S.D.), Huron (S.D.), Lead (S.D.), Deadwood (S.D.), Madison (S.D.), Aberdeen (S.D.), Spearfish (S.D.), Belle Fourche (S.D.), Hot Springs (S.D.), and Buffalo (S.D.). Scenic images include the Badlands, Black Hills, Spearfish Falls, Spearfish Canyon, Standby Viaduct near Rochford (S.D.), Needles Highway, Mount Rushmore, and White Rocks near Deadwood (S.D.). Other miscellaneous images feature Scotty Philip’s Buffalo Herd, Deer hunting near Buffalo (S.D.), Got skinned in Camp Crook, Freighting to the Black Hills, Lincoln’s Ranch (Aberdeen, S.D.), Shocking wheat in South Dakota, the Deadwood Stage Coach, new settlers breaking ground, a train wreck near Mitchell, Buffalo Bill at Wild Bill Hickok’s grave, Wild Bill Hickok, Don’t Know Him (Yankton Sioux Chief), a man with two horses, and a postcard advertisement for the South Dakota State Fair in Sioux Falls (S.D.) in September 1891. Also with the collection box 3456C has a business card for Gray’s Photo Studio (Watertown, S.D.) and an oversized postcard of the campus at State College (Brooking, S.D.). Box 3536B contains an oversized panoramic postcard image of Lead (S.D.).

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • ca. 1900s-1920s



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A listing of Rodeo performers and their rides is also included. Riders Seiderly Mason John Rufsvold Milt Hinkle Mildred Douglas W. Ripley Wilson Canutt Leonard Stroud Tesh Yakami Canutt Myrtle Cox Helen Rue Cliff Simons Pete Swarts Mank Keeman Dugan Smith Miss Webber Felix Dearm Lloyd Coleman Kenneth Cooper Sol Kearman Walter Forester Jake Herman Ed Moore E. Sutton Pady Ryan Ralph Smith Guy Schults South American Kid Bryan Roach Shorty Kelso Calgary Red Ed McCarty Bonnie McCarrol Horses Strip Tip Top Buckshot Tipperary Danger Cedar Pass Pony Box Whisper Two Step Self Starter We’ll Like It Headlight Dodger Skyrocket Over the Top Silver Bull Sharkey Also included is a list of the other postcards in the collection: Oak St. Looking South (Watertown, S.D.) Resident Street (Watertown, S.D.) Elk’s Home (Watertown, S.D.) Carnegie Library (Watertown, S.D.) High School (Watertown, S.D.) Boat Landing, Lake Kampeska Street Cars (Sioux Falls, S.D.) Lincoln School (Sioux Falls, S.D.) State Penitentiary (Sioux Falls, S.D.) Hotel Carpenter (Sioux Falls, S.D.) Davison County Courthouse (Mitchell, S.D.) Main street looking south (Mitchell, S.D.) Science Hall, DWU (Mitchell, S.D.) James River Dam (Huron, S.D.) Carnegie Public Library (Huron, S.D.) Lead’s Three Trains (Lead, S.D.) Ellison Hoist and Superintendent’s Residence (Lead, S.D.) Birds Eye View “Belt Towns” of the Black Hills Birds Eye View of Business Portion (Lead, S.D.) Birds Eye View, Deadwood (S.D.) Deadwood (S.D.) from McGovern Hill Madison High School (Madison, S.D.) Woodman Day (Madison, S.D.) Northern Institute Dormitory (Aberdeen, S.D.) Normal School (Spearfish, S.D.) Second Street (Belle Fourche, S.D.) Wagon Train Load of Wool (Belle Fourche, S.D.) Belle Fourche, S.D. School House (Buffalo, S.D.) Interior of Plunge Bath (Hot Springs, S.D.) Badlands Black Hills Hairpin Curve, Needles Highway (Custer, S.D.) Carving at Mount Rushmore Spearfish Falls, Black Hills, S.D. Spearfish Falls and Creek in Winter Spearfish Canyon Standby Viaduct near Rochford (S.D.) Buffalo, Scotty Philip Buffalo Ranch Deer Hunting, Harding County Got Skinned in Camp Crook Freighting in the Black Hills with ox train Lincoln’s Ranch (Aberdeen, S.D.) Shocking Wheat in South Dakota The Deadwood Coach, Black Hills New Settlers Breaking South Dakota An Awful Train Wreck near Mitchell (S.D.) Buffalo Bill at Wild Bill’s Grave (Deadwood, S.D.) Wild Bill Hickok Don’t Know How, Yankton Sioux South Dakota State Fair, September 1891