By Pamela S. MeyersWhen I began to research for my first historical novel, Surprised by Love in Lake Geneva, set in 1933, I found that old postcards of the area and the mansions on the lake were a huge help to me. I had a few postcards in my possession and began searching the internet for more. Since the story involves the building of the Riviera building at the lakefront in Lake Geneva, I began ordering postcards that depicted the building as it appeared when it first opened. But the most important card to me was an aerial view of the beach and lakefront before construction on the Riviera began. The beach then was just a thin strip of sand and where the Riviera now sits, an old ramshackle building served as a dance hall.
Below are a few of the postcards from my collection. Some were used on my book covers and others were only used as a reference or pure enjoyment because they always take me back to a bygone time. I hope you get as much enjoyment from them as I do.
These are only a hint of all the old postcards I have collected so far. Besides the nostalgia they provide me, they have served me well by sometimes providing me a plot point or storyline in my stories, giving me fodder for descriptions of the landscaping around the fictional estates I create and where the photos include people, the style of clothing and hair.