Friday, July 9, 2010

Postcard Friendship Friday: Grand Canyon


Thank you to our hostess Beth at The Best Hearts are Crunchy for hosting Postcard Friendship Friday. Click on the link to see who else is playing!  Today we are visiting the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.


Giving credit where credit is due:
The back of this card says: "Works Progress Administration (WPA) circa 1939, Artist Unknown. Between 1935 and 1943 the WPA's Federal Art Project printed over two million posters in 35,000 different designs to stir the public's imagination for education, theater, health, safety, and travel. Due to their fragile nature only two thousand posters have survived. The National Park image shown here is also available in the original poster format from many National Park bookstores." Published by Ranger Doug Enterprises, Seattle, WA.

I have sent the set of cards off to Val so I can't look at this one in person at the moment!  I have to admit I don't personally like the colors on this card - the Grand Canyon is not that pink, at least not in my memory!  Actually in the full light of day...
From the park website;  "A powerful and inspiring landscape, the Grand Canyon overwhelms our senses through its immense size; 277 river miles (446km) long, up to 18 miles (29km) wide, and a mile (1.6km) deep." 


From the geology page: "Grand Canyon National Park, a World Heritage Site, encompasses 1,218,375 acres and lies on the Colorado Plateau in northwestern Arizona. The land is semi-arid and consists of raised plateaus and structural basins typical of the southwestern United States. Drainage systems have cut deeply through the rock, forming numerous steep-walled canyons. Forests are found at higher elevations while the lower elevations are comprised of a series of desert basins."


"Well known for its geologic significance, the Grand Canyon is one of the most studied geologic landscapes in the world. It offers an excellent record of three of the four eras of geological time, a rich and diverse fossil record, a vast array of geologic features and rock types, and numerous caves containing extensive and significant geological, paleontological, archeological and biological resources. It is considered one of the finest examples of arid-land erosion in the world. The Canyon, incised by the Colorado River, is immense, averaging 4,000 feet deep for its entire 277 miles. It is 6,000 feet deep at its deepest point and 15 miles at its widest."

The Grand Canyon National Park is one of the most visited parks in the USA.  The park newspapers on its homepage are also available in German, French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

Viridian

13 comments:

Bob of Holland said...
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Bob of Holland said...

Again a beautiful card. I remember the colors of the Grand Canyon to be just like on the card. Happy PFF!

Mary said...

I love these WPA prints. Too bad the artist(s) don't get credit!

Snap said...

Love the WPA cards! Love the Grand Canyon! Happy PFF!

Funoldhag said...

Reminds me of photos that the ATSF Railroad used in its advertising. My husband worked for the Santa Fe for 41 years.

Aimee said...

Love this post! We were just there and it is so beautiful! I'll be posting Grand Canyon post cards next week! :)

Dorincard said...

Grand Canyon needs more than 1 image/postcard for one to start to comprehend its awesomeness. :)

Linda said...

I agree, Grand Canyon merits many views, thanks for posting so many wonderful "takes" on this site and its many layers of history. Happy PFF!

Aimee Dars said...

I love the old WPA posters! Thanks for sharing!

Debs said...

another wonderful postcard...i hope to be able to see it for myself one day and check out those colours for myself! happy PFF!

Greyscale Territory said...

I enjoyed these spectacular views of the Grand Canyon! A fascinating post!

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Its a lovely postcard.
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luvlinens said...

These vintage Poster views of the National Parks are wonderful. I was able to buy them a several years back myself. Don't think I will ever let them go. They are so beautiful.

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