These vintage postcards of the Oregon State Insane asylum are part of a collection put together by OSH Director of Quality Improvement Ted Ficken.   Postcards of important government buildings, like the Oregon State Hospital, were used for all sorts of communication purposes.  Two of the postcards in the collection have messages written on them.   While the messages aren’t directly related to OSH, they are interesting slices of history…

Clara Hanser
Tygh Valley
Wasco Co. Oreg

Dear Clare,

We arrived in Chico about ten o’clock last night.


(Postmarked San Fransisco, 1917)


Mrs. Ida Williamson
Rickreall, OR
RFD #1

Dear Ida,

Gussa is coming to visit me next week and going on up to Homers.  If you can get my rugs I wish you would and send them to me by Gussa as I don’t suppose I’ll get up there this summer.  I have a very bad cold.  How are you?  Come down when you can.  Tell Verda her fellow isn’t here anymore.


(Postmarked McMinnville, Oregon 5:30 PM, April 26, 1914?

[year is obscured])


These postcards will be preserved digitally at the museum.  With limited space, many museums are turning to digital collections as a way to preserve photographs in a cost-effective manner while at the same time keeping the originals accessible in the community institutions and families to whom they mean the most.

To see more postcards visit our Picassa Web Album here.