The authors at Postcard History write with a keen sense of purpose. They draw on their knowledge and along the way to publication they pluck at our senses for reactions. In this article, you may see the joyous achievements, hear the pistol-shot, smell the gun-powder, then wait for the gavel to fall. Stanford White, his work, his dalliances with the famous, and his murder are all A-list stories.
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Postcard collectors are very conscious that the cards we cherish reflect the people and events, as well as the standards and ethics of their time. Human Zoos is a scholarly examination of some postcards from an era that we hope will never be again. Postcard history can be controversial too.
January 20, 2021
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Local, neighborhood newspapers are supposed to be going the way of the dodo bird. And, in print form, it may even be true. But like the birds of springtime, they are re-appearing as online resources with innovative reporting and lots of photos because the space available is so much greater. So it is with the New York neighborhood Forest Hills-Rego Park Times, where reporter Michael Perlman has written “Preserving Local History Through Postcards.” The editors didn’t stint on postcard illustrations and the prose is first-rate. Non-residents of the neighborhood may want to consult Google Maps to make some sense of the geography, but that just adds to the pleasure.
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One Year Ago This Week
A postcard from a century ago provokes a story of two unrelated people in towns thousands of miles apart who led lives of much different value.
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.