Collecting postcards on modern topics is challenging and when the topic is part of everyday living, the work gets more difficult. Postcard History has a friend who is really good at taking on a challenge and has found Covid postcards in eleven countries.
Getting a good American business education in the late 19th and early 20th century wasn’t always easy. Worthy students were often without funds and transportation, but thankfully, tenacity and ambition were in ample supply. Postcards helped many decide what was best for them.
July 21, 2021
We were put onto About Postcards by a remark on Facebook from a collector who used the website to check out an illustration. We checked out the website and found it was a font of information, especially the short (150 words plus or minus) essays describing the cards and their backgrounds. The advertising card above, for example, is described as a “rewards card,” one given away by schools and Sunday Schools for good attendance. Not that this is relevant here, but we really liked the image. Alas, the proprietors seem to have stopped updating the site in 2014. It’s a shame because the selection of cards and the essays are first-rate.
Our friends at the University of Maryland’s Hornbake Library have a summer travelogue exhibit of postcards interwoven with a timeline of the evolution of the postcard. Titled “Greetings from Vacationland,” the slide show puts up some nice cards and reminds us that we’re once again able to get out and about.
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One of the fun factors of postcard collecting is the surprises we have when something new comes along. What could more fun than receiving a card with a dog’s left paw print in the message space?
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.