Monday, May 21, 2018

July 1946 postcard:
"...this can't last forever..."

This bucolic linen postcard showcases Santa Cruz Falls, a waterfall with a drop of about 300 feet in the Catskill Mountains near Haines Falls, New York. This lesser-known and mostly inaccessible spot apparently got its name from a bottle of Santa Cruz Rum that was left behind by hunters, according to

The waterfall is located in an uncleared region prone to landslides and is entirely on private land, so the only safe and legal ways to view it are from afar. Or via vintage linen postcards.1

A safer and legal spot of natural beauty to visit in that region is Kaaterskill Falls, if you have a hankering for a waterfall field trip.

This postcard was published by The Kingston News Service of Kingston, New York, and it was postmarked on July 17, 1946, bound for an address in Union, New York. The short note states:
"Hi ya folks,
Having a swell time, it sure is beautiful up here. Will be home soon, as this can't last forever but we sure wish it could.
Mary & Paul"

1. So, to be abundantly clear, don't go chasing waterfalls. It is the official stance of Papergreat that you should stick to the rivers and the lakes that you're used to.

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