D. X. RANCH
FRESH AIR HOME (FARM)
Administration Bldg. Cottages Entrance
Play Pavilion Myrtle Cottage Play Ground Swimming Pool
Play Ground Laundries Dining Room Play Ground
Aerial View of Center
The Fresh Air Farm was established in the 1890s for people who lived in the inner city as a place to escape to from the foul city air. Located in Indian Hill/Terrace Park at 5650 Given Road. It is now used by United Ways Stepping Stones Center providing year-round services to disabled persons of any age. See also the section on Bethany Home on page 2 of the Religious Institution section for another fresh air home. The last image is a present day aerial view of the property.
Hazelhurst was a large estate that was located at
7900 Hamilton Avenue in Mt. Healthy. In 1914 Cincinnati Bell bought this mansion to be used by their
"Hello-Girls" as a vacation retreat. These were the Cincinnati &
Suburban telephone operators that connected you when you used the phone. This
sprawling mansion was a "women only" retreat. Men were permitted to
visit only in specified areas during reasonable times. Remember the
"Vacationists," as the girls were referred to, were "proper
ladies" and were expected to behave accordingly.
The Vacationists were treated to "spa-like" accommodations at Hazelhurst. There was a large kitchen and dining area where parties were held. Guests were entertained in a living room containing a large stone fireplace. A large porch encircled the first floor. Each second floor sleeping room had a doorway onto a porch where the Vacationists could roll their beds out to escape the heat of the summer evenings.
The grounds included an orchard and floral garden where they could pick apples, cultivate flowers or walk with a visiting beau. Later a pool and cabana were added.
The changing society and the automobile were major contributors to Hazelhurst's demise and, in 1929 with the depression looming, it was sold. I have been informed that there is now a trailer park at this location.
A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING
This is a rather unusual Kraemer postcard in that the back is completely blank and available for a large message.
Gypsy camp in Carthage Souvenir multi-view
BOY / GIRL SCOUTS
Card advertising the Girl Scout's 32nd National Convention held in Cincinnati in 1953.
Boy Scout camp Edgar Friedlander Located in Miamiville (North of Camp Dennison)
Entrance Dan Beard camp
The 3 non-postcard images above are of Dan Beard, founder of the
Boy Scouts. He was born in Cincinnati on June 21, 1850. He lived at 322 East
Third Street in Covington, Kentucky which was near the Licking River until he
was 21. As a boy
he explored the woods and river and made sketches of nature. His early careers
were as an engineer and surveyor, and he attended art school in New York City.
He wrote a series of articles for the St. Nicholas magazine that later became
the basis for the American Boy's Handy Book. He illustrated a number of books
for Mark Twain (A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court) and other authors.
Beard became the editor of Recreation magazine in which he wrote a monthly column for youth. In 1905 he founded the Sons of Daniel Boone, basing it on American frontier traditions. He moved his column to Women's Home Companion but after a new editor caused conflicts, he once again moved his column to the Pictorial Review. Because Women's Home Companion retained the rights to the name, he renamed the organization the Boy Pioneers of America.
He merged his organization into the Boy Scouts of America when it was founded in 1910. Beard served for 30 years as one of the National Scout Commissioners of the Boy Scouts.
Beard also helped his sister Lina Beard organize the Camp Fire Girls in 1910, and was the president of the Camp Fire Club of America.
Camp Fire Girls
Beard died on June 11, 1941 and is buried in the Brick Church
Cemetery in Spring Valley, New York.
There is a statue of Daniel Carter Beard in Covington along the Ohio River next to his boyhood home, now a National Historic Landmark. Of course the Daniel Carter Beard Bridge, which carries I-471 across the Ohio River, was named for him.
This real photo postcard was taken in King's Mills. It is either a group of Scouts or a group from one of the local YMCA's.
This unusual sized postcard measures 3 7/16" X 9". It shows a totem pole that was carved by 126 Boy Scouts for the Bicentennial. Weighing 1900 lbs., it is 39' tall. The 19 symbols depict the story of Scouting.
FORT SCOTT CAMPS LOCATED IN HARRISON, OHIO
Aerial View of camps
Souvenir card of the German-Austro-Hungarian Aid Society of Cincinnati. Formed in 1914 by Cincinnati Germans to aid those in need in Germany and Austro-Hungary as a result of the war, such as widows and orphans. Holding a variety of fund raising events they were able to raise close to $80,000 by the time the U.S. entered the war in 1917.
Hamilton County S.P.C.A. Horse Fountain - 1915
Not a postcard
There were at least two animal fountains in downtown Cincinnati, one at the Northeast corner of Pearl & Sycamore Sts. and the other was located on West Fourth Street. They were also for dogs but I can not see how with this image (unless they were as big as a horse!).
Flag of Norwood Ohio
Have no information on this animal act but I
am pretty positive it was taken in Cincinnati.
A couple of military cards with Cincinnati connections. Military camp in Sharonville
TROOPS IN CINCINNATI 1917
In 1917 with the United States now at war in Europe it was felt that the need to guard Federal property and the bridges and arteries into the Cincinnati area was necessary. Thus in April of 1917 the Third Ohio Infantry was sent to Cincinnati and camped at Lincoln Park (where Cincinnati Union Terminal now sits). The 1st postcard above was taken in front of the Ferger Grain Co. which was located at Hopkins & President Place which was west of Lincoln Park and no longer exists due to the construction of Cincinnati Union Terminal. The building in the 3rd & 4th cards is the C. F. Streit Mfg. Co. (furniture) which was at 1040-1052 Kenner. Kenner is parallel to the terminal on the North side. The 5th card looks like it was taken at a shelter that may have been in the park. The regiment was later moved to Eden Park and the last postcard shows this camp. Besides posting sentries on the bridges and other government buildings the Third Ohio was used to guard the giant ammunition plant at King's Mill, Ohio. The Carthage Fair Grounds were also used for their camp. In August the Third said farewell amid many speeches and a parade. The duties of the Third were taken over by the First Ohio which moved onto the old Sharonville Speedway, (see Panorama page of the Bird's-Eye-View section).
HOME GUARD 1917-1921
Thanks to Brian Coates for sending the above items. The 1st card was taken at Rensler's Studio in Cincinnati. The medal was handed out to each member at the end of their service in 1921. They were made by the Miller Jewelry Co. located at 6th & Vine. There are a couple of web sites that go into the establishment of, and their duties during, their enlistment. How they combine with the cards above is rather confusing and would suggest you do your own research.
This First Day Cover is for the stamp that was issued on November 24, 1970. It honors U.S. Servicemen.
DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS HEADQUARTERS
Headquarters Receptionist Reception Room Lounge & Waiting Room
Commander's Office Adjutant's Office Lost Key Dept. Cafeteria
Thanks to visitor T. Jeff Davis I now know why they had a Key Dept. If you had donated to the DAV back in the 50s, 60s and early 70s you would receive a small colored metal key tag that matched your car's license plate. If the keys were ever lost, the finder would simply drop them into any mail box and the Post Office would send them to the DAV's Lost Key Dept. for return to the owner. The DAV stopped sending these tags and changed over to sending out return address labels. (See below)
D.A.V. First Day Covers
DAV Summer Camp
Pleasant Ridge WWII Honor Roll Fund Raiser
The 3rd image above is a present day photograph of the Pleasant Ridge Honor Roll located at the corner of Montgomery Road and Losantiville Avenue seen in the 1st postcard.
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