Old postcards can be interesting and educational if they are pictures of a place where your ancestors lived or vacationed. A rather large collection of postcards from Alameda, California are now available online.
The online collection includes cards of Neptune Beach, Surf Beach, Park St., Webster St., the Webster Street Bridge, the old Bay Farm Island Bridge, and much more. They are a great visual look back at Alameda's history. There are a few postcards of Oakland on this web site as well.
This collection includes pitcures of the once famous Neptune Beach. This was a resort and amusement park similar to the fabulous Playland at the Beach in San Francisco and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Santa Cruz is the only one left of the three. One curiosity you never see anymore is a high diving platform that the public pool once had. Neptune Beach was shut down just before WWII.
The Postcards of Alameda can be found at http://www.alamedainfo.com/Alameda_post_cards.htm