Lew & Mary Reach the Lowest Point – Death Valley, California (1938)

Mr. Ralph Boyer lived in Pottstown, the old settlement on the Schuylkill River in Montgomery County of southeast Pennsylvania.

In the Colonial era, Pottstown had an iron industry; the rich agricultural area is now devoted to farms and dairies.


In October of 1938, Ralph received a postcard from Lew and Mary who were traveling in the western United States.

The linen-style postcard features a lovely photograph of “Manly’s Beacon” in Death Valley.

“Manly Beacon is a spire that rises above the Death Valley badlands. The peak stands out in stark contrast to the backdrop of the Red Cathedral formation and the surrounding mud hills.”

Today, Manly Beacon is a popular hiking trail for outdoor enthusiasts.


Published by Stephen H. Willard of Palm Springs, the postcard was mailed from Death Valley.

Death Valley, a desert valley in the northern Mojave Desert of eastern California, is the hottest, driest, and lowest part of the United States.

The blurb on the reverse of the postcard emphasizes the precarious conditions there.


On the reverse, the travelers note, “we couldn’t send you a card from the highest part of the US, but here is one from the lowest”.

One hopes that Lew and Mary continued to enjoy their travels and that Ralph was delighted to receive the postcard greeting.


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