Here’s a real treat—a double-fold promotional postcard for the Nikko Tea House, probably printed circa 1907 to 1910.1 An artist with the initials “W.K.” created the beautiful images and hand-lettered the map and poem on the centerfold.
The map has a wonderful depiction of the Nikko and helpfully provides the location of “police traps” on the roads in Westchester. The lines indicating the Hudson River along the left cleverly become strings for Japanese lanterns at the bottom.
We can thank C.K. Nazu, who was manager of the Nikko at the time, for this wonderful ode to Harmon:
About the Nikko Tea House,
On the wooded Croton’s brink,
The situation picturesque;
The food is fine we think;
So get a horse or motor car,
And bring your friends along;
If you follow the road to Harmon,
You surely can’t go wrong.
Here are a few previous posts about the Nikko Tea House:
- C.K. Nazu is listed as the manager in this 1908 ad (though the last name is spelled “Nezu”).
- Another clever bit of promotion from 1917, when the Nikko was called the “Nikko Inn.”
- One of our favorite Nikko stories by a New York journalist who stopped for some “skiyaki” in 1931.
To see all the posts about the Nikko click the “Nikko Inn” tag in the right hand column.
If you have any vintage photographs or ephemera of the Nikko or the early days of Harmon please send an email.
- Local postcard expert Susan Hack-Lane, who helped date the card, pointed out the names written on the front, Nellie L. Beach and Billy Beach. Beach was a Peekskill family name (Beach Shopping Center) which may explain why this card was never mailed. ↩︎