Postcards featuring the village of Los Lunas available at museum

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Perhaps for the first time in the history of Los Lunas, the village has its own postcards.

Staff from the Los Lunas Library and the Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts created and designed the standard 4-by-6-inch postcards, using staff photographs and pictures from the museum archives.

Deborah Fox-News-Bulletin photo Postcards of Los Lunas were created and designed by staff from the Los Lunas Library and the Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts. They can be purchased at the museum for 75 cents or two for $1.

Andrea Chavez, museum specialist, presented the mayor and each councilor with a set of the postcards at a council meeting.

“All the postcards that you can find at Walgreen’s and everywhere else are all of New Mexico. They are not Los Lunas,” Chavez said. “We’ve been talking about doing postcards for awhile. We get a lot of people that come through, both people that are tourists passing through and people that live here, who want to send something to people in other places.”

There are five different postcards in the set: a view of the village from El Cerro de Los Lunas, a scene on the Rio Grande, Tondre Road, El Cerro de Los Lunas and a photograph of the old Aguirre gas station.

The Aguirre gas station was located on Main Street, north of where the Giant gas station is now.

The pictures were taken by Cynthia Shetter, the library director, and Shawna Lamb, a library staff member. The vintage photo is used courtesy of Angie Aguirre.

Staff members were spurred into action when they learned of a sale at the online printers, Overnight Prints. They got busy researching how to design official postcards.

“And we finally had a little money there, so we said, ‘OK, let’s order these,’” Chavez said. “Let’s get these out there so we can make sure people would want to send these. You know, it’s typical, people see the ones of the balloons — things like that. We wanted something different.”

Tree-lined Tondre Road was an easy choice for a postcard picture because of its Cottonwood trees. It is a popular place for pictures, said Chavez.

But deciding on what other photographs to use wasn’t as easy because the museum has so many great historic photographs in the archives.

Staff also wanted to be sure to show off the modern village as well as the landscapes and skyscapes that are so popular with tourists.

“We decided that we would do both (historic and modern photographs), and that every time we do a run, we’ll make sure that we have a mix,” Chavez said. “New Mexico skies are easy, because, of course, people buy those and they want those, but we wanted to make sure we had the local tie as well.”

Public suggestions for the next set are welcome. People are encouraged to bring in or email photographs they think would make good postcards. The museum can’t pay them, but the photographer will get credit for the picture.

“We want to show off beautiful places in Los Lunas,” Chavez said.

They had 500 postcards printed, and the museum is selling them for 75 cents each or two for $1. They are also planning to find stores to carry them. The Los Lunas postcards can be viewed in an album on the museum’s Facebook page.

One set of postcards were sold to a man in Poland, Lukasz Pawlak, who enjoys reading about the Southwest and the “wild, wild West,” said Chavez.

“He actually ordered them before I had them in hand,” she said. “It just so happened he asked at the same time that we had ordered them.”

The postcards can be purchased at the Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts, 251 Main St. SE. Photographs can be emailed to Andrea Chavez at chavezan@loslunasnm.gov or brought to the museum. Old photographs can be scanned as well.


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