This Douglas Lodge at Itasca State Park postcard purchased from an ephemera dealer on Facebook is a real photo postcard. A real photo postcard is a photo versus a drawing or illustration.

Douglas Lodge was the first building constructed at Itasca State Park and is the oldest building in the Minnesota state park system. Construction started in 1903 and was completed in 1905. The cost of $11,500 was more than twice the amount originally appropriated.

Today Douglas Lodge is still in use, with the bottom floor consisting of a full-service restaurant and 4 hotel room on the second floor offering the comforts of home while giving a glimpse back in time.