10 Awesome Historic Myrtle Beach Postcards You Have to See!
For more than 75 years Myrtle Beach has been a vacation destination people wanted to write home about. And for many years, a large portion of the visitors who came to see the amazing beaches of the Grand Strand did just that — they wrote home to friends and family, sending postcards to let their loved ones know how fabulous their trip was.
In fact, throughout the early and middle portion of the 20th century, sending postcards was such big business, that entire shops and businesses were created to print and sell postcards, keeping visitors supplied with tens of thousands of wonderful, dreamy shots of local beaches and attractions.
Though the practice of exchanging postcards has mostly been discarded in today's always-connected world in favor of e-mail, text messages and social media status updates, the amazing visuals and rosy memories of these snail-mail relics live on.
To pay homage to this forgotten tradition, MyrtleBeach.com has decided to brush the dust off some old boxes of postcards published in the early and mid-1960s by the Brandon-Plyler Sales Co. (the great-grandfather of our own company, created by notable locals Cecil Brandon and Justin Plyler) and publish them online in a series called “Historic Postcards.”
Here's a look at 10 of our favorites from this collection. To see more visit the photos galleries page or click the link under any photo below:
1. This shot of Ocean Boulevard & The Pavilion
If you look closely you'll see landmarks like Sloppy Joe's and Peaches Corner. If you look REALLY closely you'll see the Pavilion was hosting Women's Tag Team wrestling between Reta Cortez & The Fabulous Moolah that night.
See the full gallery of The Pavilion & Pirateland Amusement Park.
2. This picture of the Garden City Pier
Sure, the pier looks a bit different now … but really, look at those classic CARS!
3. This illustration of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk
Even though the previous boardwalk wasn't actually made of boards, it was still one of the most well-traveled stretches of town.
4. This aerial of downtown Myrtle Beach
Did you know that where the Skywheel sits now was once a mini-golf course?
5. This pin-up of an itsy-bitsy, teenie-weenie yellow bikini
No polka dots needed. This lovely lady is just one of the many knockouts to show some skin on the beach in the 60s.
6. This image of people playing Carpet Golf
Before putt-putt and miniature golf, the Grand Strand was an early innovator of “carpet golf.”
7. This silly postcard of mischievous kids on the beach
That looks like it's going to hurt!
8. This image of a family swinging on the beach.
Seriously? A metal swingset ON the beach. Can you imagine how hot that must've gotten in the middle of July?
9. This photo from O.D. Pavilion
It's hard to say what looks more dated in this shot of young ladies enjoying sno cones on Ocean Drive — the hair, the swimsuits or the ferris wheel.
10. This guy hanging with a deer at Brookgreen Zoo
Apparently its was customary to wear a tie to the zoo back in the day. Who knew?