William Steig was a household name in his day. His art in the New Yorker was clever and brought smiles to faces even when the topic was serious. He was also known in the worlds of advertising and children’s literature. He was an American treasure.
The silliest question Groucho Marx asked on his “You Bet Your Life” TV show was, “Who is buried in Grant’s Tomb?” You should read Postcard History to learn the facts surrounding President Grant’s death, funeral, and burial. The answer may very much surprise you.
If you were a New York bon-vivant of a certain age, you remember the rivalry between the Copacabana and the Latin Quarter. From the end of Prohibition to the rock generation, both clubs featured top performers from the entertainment world, many who came from the hinterlands to be headliners in the greatest city on Earth.
May 11, 2022
The Catskill Mountains of New York State are close enough to New York City that in the late 19th century they were “colonized” by NYC residents as getaways from the heat and humidity of the city streets. Various enclaves developed there and the most famous was the “Borscht Belt” or the “Jewish Alps,” which flourished from the 1920s to the 1960s. Summer resorts grew up and postcards of many of the hotels and sights were made. Sotheby’s auction house had an auction of these postcards on June 5, 2019 titled “Exploring the Jewish Alps through Postcards.” The auction house published a well-illustrated article about the forthcoming sale.
The difficult subject of lynching postcards is tackled in a chilling new short film about dealing with “the ugly parts” of racial history in the United States. It’s streaming now on Paramount+. Christine Turner, an independent filmmaker from Brooklyn, N. Y., found her first lynching postcard andbut was chilled by the message on the back. That was the genesis of the film, a trailer for which you can view in this article in The Guardian.
We Americans are Presidential Historians. We live day to day by the rules established by the Congress and the President. Although our country is very divided when it comes to politics, postcards of our national capital, our presidents, and the men and women who serve our country should remind us that democracy may not be the best way to run a country, but it still is the best idea ever!
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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.