1.19.2016

Cactus Garden in Old Southern California: Riverside Cactus Garden, 1920


I love old regional post cards, and this c. 1920 colored card is distinctive, with cacti that look alive with dancing, like something from Disney's Fantasia.  It was at gardens like this one in Riverside, CA, that southern California began it's romance with all things cactus.



Imagine my surprise when I came across the photo below.



The postcard above was made even more interesting with the discovery of this photo at another online resource (listed below).  I recognized the garden, and after quickly comparing them realized that most likely I had found the original image for the postcard.  It's easy to spot the same cactus plants in both images.  The photo includes plant markers, while the postcard presents a more romanticized version.

In this same collection are other photos of that garden, apparently at a hospital location.  At this time I haven't found the exact place where this was in Riverside, CA, but I'll let you know when it turns up.



Find digital copies of this postcard:
#1 PostcardFrom The New York Public Library

Find digital copies of these phtos: #2 View#3 View
“University of Southern California. Libraries” and “California Historical Society” Digitally reproduced by the USC Digital Library; From the California Historical Society Collection at the University of Southern California

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