Thursday, February 15, 2018

5 fabulous old postcards from Fairyland Caverns at Rock City

Fairyland Caverns, which opened to the public in 1932, is just one facet of the sprawling and world-famous roadside attraction called Rock City, in northwestern Georgia. The brainchild of Frieda Carter, Fairyland is a folk- and fairy-tale themed rock garden filled with tiny statues of gnomes and other fantastical creatures, many of which were imported from Germany. You can read more about its history on the Enchanted America blog.

These gorgeous, color-saturated postcards of Fairyland all have the date August 1954 written on them in pen, but are otherwise unused. The first four cards are glossy, Genuine Curteich-Chicago "C.J. Photochrom" postcards published by Rock City Gardens. The last one is a linen postcard from E.C. Kropp Co. of Milwaukee, also published by Rock City Gardens. I'm sure they had an amazing gift shop six decades ago and still have a dandy one today.

Descriptions are underneath each card. Enjoy the gnomes!

Fairyland Caverns entrance. This and all of the other Curteich-Chicago postcards notes that "Highway 58 is the best road up Lookout Mountain to Rock City."

Carnival of the Gnomes, with a ferris wheel as the centerpiece.

Jack and the Beanstalk. At one point, there was text in the lower-left corner of the postcard, but it appears to have been purposely covered up.

An elaborate Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, with Bambi seemingly thrown in for good measure.

The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe, with an apparent spanking in process.

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