Friday, March 23, 2007

Postcards: Now and Then

A few years ago, Disney World produced a line of merchandise themed to vintage travel and postcard designs. One item in particular that I really enjoyed was a Walt Disney World postcard done in the large-letter style that used to be very popular, especially during the 1940s.

An interesting contrast is this actual postcard from 1941. The card's back caption reads:

Almost in the exact geographical center of the State, Orlando is a fast-growing resort and distributing community. It is here that most of Florida's citrus fruit banking is conducted. In fifteen years the city has tripled in population until it is now a city of 35,000 year-round inhabitants. During the winter months it is host to an additional 35,000 persons from other states. Orlando is known as the "City Beautiful" for its 33 lakes and parks.

According to recent census estimates, the city of Orlando has a population of 213,233. The Greater Orlando area, which includes Lake, Osceola, Orange and Seminole Counties tops out at an estimated 1,933,215 individuals.


Vince M said...

These are some amazing observations, Jeff. Thanks for sharing all of this information.

Anonymous said...

I must say, Orlando has grown quite a bit. I wonder how many of the people that made up the number on the postcard are happy about was has become of it??