A drawing of a lion, with a hidden message in his mane, is a curiosity no collector could resist. This one example of a popular postcard is neither rare nor valuable, but it certainly is interesting. The characters include a commonwealth, a symbol of courage, and a man with courageous concern for his fellowmen.
For the first time in history a fictional character in a dime novel introduces the world to an historical event unequalled in history and one that can never be repeated. And, an anonymous contributor emailed us a postcard with a three-word message – “Check this out!”
November 29, 2023
Postcard History has from time to time referred to, and even posted, articles on the suffrage issue in America. What we’ve never come across until now is a serious public collection of suffrage postcards. The Palczewski Suffrage Postcard Archive at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa has remedied this omission nicely. The collection is divided into categories such as artists or image type, and we’re mystified why not all the thumbnails are enlargeable, but then, nobody’s perfect. Take a look.
Those of us who look at the back of postcards are at least somewhat familiar with the 3-leaf clover with A-N-C in the leaves, either on their own or in a barbell-shape. ANC stands for “American News Company,” whose main business for nearly 100 years was distributing magazines and other materials country-wide. Our friends at WikiMedia Commons have assembled a glimpse of 84 postcards that the company issued before its 1957 demise.
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Early postcard collectors are enigmas to most of us because we collect in such different ways than they did. We attend postcard shows and select every card we buy; they waited for the letter carrier to deliver the mail. It may have been a long, tedious way to amass a collection, but everyday brought a new surprise.
Postcard History is a free online magazine dedicated to vintage and historic picture postcards and the many stories associated with them. We feature richly illustrated articles designed to both inform and entertain postcard collectors and history buffs. We also provide the most comprehensive listing of forthcoming shows around. And there’s a rich trove of links to institutional and personal online postcard collections. There’s also a comprehensive, verified listing of active postcard clubs in the U. S. and Canada, which we’re working on expanding worldwide.