A Grand Rapids, Michigan Vintage Postcard

Morton House Hotel and West's Pharmacy in Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1908

This antique Grand Rapids, Michigan postcard has found a new home. Very nicely detailed and with deep, rich colors, this vintage postcard shows the Morton House at 55 Ionia Ave., NW in Grand Rapids, MI, draped in patriotic bunting and with West’s Drug Store and a barber pole at ground level. Two early bicycles are propped up in front of the pharmacy, along the dirt road. While it has unfortunate paper loss at the bottom right corner, the paper loss doesn’t materially detract from this otherwise desirable Kent County collectible. Postmarked in 1908 and sent to the Honorable C. J. Wilson of N. Main St. in Urbana, Ohio, it was published by A. C. Bosselman & Co. of New York.

The hotel, at the intersection of Monroe Center and Ionia Ave., served as a low-income housing complex for 40 years, and was vacated in August 2011. Since then, it’s been purchased and, as of December 2012, Rockford Construction was in design stages to re-purpose the building as a mixed-use building with retail on the ground floor, office space above that, and market-rate housing on upper levels.


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