Mt. St. Helens erupted on May 18, 1980. The volcanic event was the deadliest in the history of the United States.
Here are a few postcards showing the beauty and destruction of the mountain before and after.
This first postcard was produced by the Washington State Progress Commission.
Here’s a view of Portland, Oregon with Mt. St. Helens looming over the skyline
Here’s a view of the mountain and Spirit Lake from the 1960s.
Before and after:
And finally, a view of the second eruption that took place on July 22, 1980: