Second Avenue: New York’s Yiddish Rialto

Yiddish theater sprouted in the capital cities of Eastern Europe but came into full bloom on Second Avenue on New York’s Lower East Side. Yiddish theater was a phenomenon that produced 20 or more shows every night. Postcard advertising was a favored media in finding audiences.

Read Whole Article »

The Murder of Laura Foster

The murder of Laura Foster was in all the papers. Did you miss it? You may have, the murder occurred in 1866. Shortly after a Confederate soldier returned home following his release from a Union Army prison, his girlfriend’s body was found in a shallow grave and Tom Dula was accused.

Read whole article »

News and
Noteworthy

April 14, 2021

There are a lot of people who collect Titanic postcards and memorabilia, but this one is special. The story Not the card (shown above), but the story behind it, which reads like an outtake from the movie. The card is up for auction on Wednesday, April 15 at 7 pm at Boston’s RR Auctions .

Hy Mariampolski, a frequent contributor to these pages, will be conducting two presentations via Zoom on the Postcard History of New York in connection with the Center for Learning and Living (CL&L), an adult education affiliate of Marymount Manhattan College. The first session of the course, called “Wish You Were Here: More Postcards from NYC,” will be held on April 15 at 2:45-4pm and will focus on Trains: Local or Express. The second session on April 22 at 2:45–4pm will focus on Houses of Worship. Postcard History readers are invited to attend one of these sessions for free as guests of CL&L. Just register for the class at their web site and indicate that you’re a Postcard History reader in their comment space. For more information on courses and registration, go to: https://www.clandl.org/2021-spring-course-descriptions-registration/

The Santa Fe Suite

A story of modern postcards. The images we present here at Postcard History are frequently older than any of us. Today I champion a set of cards that are sixty years newer than me. I think you will like these cards; I do!

Read whole article »
Search all articles
Article archives
One Year Ago This Week

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.