Manila Hotel is one of the iconic Philippine hotel landmarks which had been popular among postcard, memorabilia, stamp, matchbox and ephemera collectors from all corners of the globe.
The hotel had been featured by several postcard companies like Philippine Educational Company (PECO), Cardinell-Vincent Company, Denniston, Goldsteins Philippine Postcards, Sun Photo supply Philippine Postcards, The Camera Company Philippine postcards and later by Goodwill Bookstore, Max Basker & Sons, National Bookstore, Sterling – International airline companies like Northwest Orient Airlines, Pan-Am, Philippine Airlines among others.
Manila Hotel obverse portion with American flag and manicured garden
Manila Hotel also have their own set of postcards printed and sold at their gift shop.
Manila Hotel postcard by Cardinell-Vincent Company
Cardinell-Vincent Company is one of the several dozens of companies which printed their postcard series – They have 37 in a series which featured landmarks in the country. The company sold postcards and distributed the items in local bookstores, tourist areas, escolta and major Philippine cities during the American colonial and commonwealth regime.
reverse side or back portion of the postcards in which recipient name and the sender’s name is listed. The upper right portion with box is were stamps is affixed
The company is international base and also have postcards from the United States and other areas.
My friend spotted this postcard on sale few years ago at a popular online platform for just $1.00. The seller had about 70% discount for this American era postcard- originally price was for $2.80 – It was listed for several months.
The postcard had go unnoticed, since there were a lot of sellers at the online platform and maybe there were not enough buyers. The condition of the postcard is good despite the age and some scribble handwriting at the back portion.
He took no time to inform me about this big sale and bought the postcard. The shipping was a little bit more expensive at $3.00 from United States of America to the Philippines. I think it took about two weeks before we got this postcard.
This postcard is unused and was printed around 1920. The size of the postcard is approximately 3 1/2 inch x 5 1/2 inch or 9 centimeters x 14 centimeters.
I was able to find this postcard tucked in one corner while arranging my vintage postcard collection.
Aside from deltiologist, philatelist and memorabilia collectors, Postcards featuring landmarks had been popular subject for school project in Social Studies, Araling Panlipunan, Filipino, History and Architecture during much of post war period until early part of the millennium.
Sources, Bibliographies and References:
American Regime Manila thru Postcards part 1: https://renz15.wordpress.com/2019/08/22/american-regime-manila-thru-postcards-part-1/
American Regime Manila thru Postcards part 2: https://renz15.wordpress.com/2019/08/27/american-regime-manila-postcards-part-2/
American Regime Manila thru Postcards part 3: https://renz15.wordpress.com/2019/09/13/american-regime-manila-thru-postcards-part-3/
American Regime Manila thru Postcards part 4: https://renz15.wordpress.com/2020/03/04/american-regime-manila-thru-postcards-part-4/
Personal interview from postcard collectors and dealers
Philippine Postcards page 130 to 137 Consuming Passions