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Wish You Were Here:
Vintage Postcards of Tucson


Exhibition: Wish You Were Here: Vintage Tucson Postcards
Dates: April 11 – May 30, 2008
Opening Reception: Friday, April 11, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Location: Temple Gallery, 330 South Scott Avenue, in the Temple of Music and Art.
The Temple Gallery is managed by Etherton Gallery
Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 10-6 p.m. and prior to performances
Contact: Terry Etherton, Hannah Glasston, Daphne Srinivasan
info@ethertongallery.com, 624-7370

The Temple Gallery, which is managed by Etherton Gallery, is pleased to present Wish You Were Here: Vintage Tucson Postcards, its final exhibition of the 2007-2008 season. The exhibition features historic postcards representing Tucson during the 1930s and 1940s, reproduced as archival inkjet prints on canvas. The exhibition opens with a reception on Friday, April 11, 5:30-7:30pm and runs through May 30.

The prints featured in Wish You Were Here capture Tucsonans’ vision of their city in the years leading up to and during World War II, highlighting the landscape and thriving downtown of a vibrant desert city. They depict a bustling downtown with shops, theatres, restaurants and automobiles, and a train station – all symbols of the modern city. Long time Tucsonans speak fondly of this era, mentioning eager shopping trips to downtown department stores and movies at the famed Fox Theatre.

This period was also the heyday of Tucson guest ranches, designed for Eastern and Midwestern tourists looking to relax, rejuvenate and ride into the sprawling Sonoran desert. The prints express Tucson’s appeal to tourists; the desert landscape of the giant Saguaro, Tucson’s historic roots, represented by San Xavier Mission, the quiet elegance of the Arizona Inn, outdoor activities like riding and fishing offered by the Santa Rita Hotel, and the presence of Native American and Mexican cultures.

Please join us at the Temple Gallery to celebrate Tucson’s past, present and future on Friday, April 11th, 5:30-7:30pm.

The archival inkjet prints on canvas featured in the exhibition, were all taken from historic linen postcards from the private collection of Terry Etherton, owner of Etherton Gallery.


Gallery hours are Monday - Friday 10am-6pm
and prior to Arizona Theatre Company performances

The Temple Gallery is managed by
Phone: 520-624-7370

at the Temple of Music and Art
330 South Scott Avenue
Tucson, Arizona

Etherton - Temple Gallery