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Cawston Ostrich Farm, located in South Pasadena, California, was opened in 1886 by Edwin Cawston as America's first ostrich farm. In 1885, Cawston charted a ship to take 50 of some of the best obtainable ostriches in the world from South Africa to Galveston, Texas. From there, the ostriches endured a treacherous train journey to Pasadena. Out of the original 50, only 18 survived. Cawston bounced back from the loss of over half of his stock and the Ostrich Farm eventually boasted over 100 ostriches from the original batch.

The Cawston Ostrich Farm became a premier tourist attraction for many years. Its proximity to the trolley line that came through from downtown Los Angeles brought many tourists to visit the farm through the earlier part of the 20th century. Guests were able to ride on the backs of ostriches, be taken for ostrich drawn carriage rides and buy ostrich-feathered hats, boas, capes and fans at the Ostrich Farm store. (Wikipedia)

See more of our vintage postcards here:

POSTCARD 1: "Evening at the Cawston Ostrich Farm, South Pasadena, California"
Type: Divided back
Series: A-88947
Publisher: Western Publishing & Novelty Co., Los Angeles, CAL. Theo Sohmer, Los Angeles
Condition: Good vintage condition with worn edges and corners, light stains and "35" written in pencil on the back

POSTCARD 2: "Sweethearts, Cawston Ostrich Farm, South Pasadena, California"
Type: Divided back
Series: No. 4267
Publisher: M. Rieder, Publ., Los Angeles, Cal. Made in Germany.
Condition: Good vintage condition with worn edges and corners

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Cawston Ostrich Farm, Los Angeles, California Postcard Collection, Circa 1901-1915


  • Vintage item from the 1910s
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