vintage postcard

BAD POEM on a BAD POSTCARD

I love to walk by the seashore,
On the clean white sand so bare,
I love to walk by the rippling waves
For I find refuge there.

I love to walk by the seashore
When a white fog’s in the air;
When a pallid mist o'shadows the beach
And no breeze is stirring there.

I love to walk by the seashore
And watch the waves in motion,
I love the sea in all its moods
For God made the mighty ocean.

by THEODORE R. ROWLEY

View of U.S. Post Office and Fort St.; Richardsonian Romanesque building has clock tower. Commercial buildings in background. Printed on front: “Post Office and Fort Street, Detroit, Mich., 105952.” Printed on back: “The Post Office, Detroit, Mich. The Detroit Post Office occupies the site which in 1796 frowned the bastions of old Fort Shelby. The present great stone building was first occupied in 1897. The United States paid $401,258.38 for the site, $1,078,741.62 for the building and $33,000 for the furnishings. The United States Courtroom on one of the upper floors is one of the finest Halls of Justice in the United States. C.T. Co., Chicago.”

  • Courtesy of the Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Public Library