Burton Frasher photographed the old west with old cameras and slow film and created some of the most amazing photographs of his era. For more than four decades Frasher and his son traveled the west and the real-photo postcards they made are still found at today’s postcard shows. Look for the Frasher logo and be awed by the beauty.
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The Quiz Kids were part of American culture for many years. In a time when children were to be seen and not heard, the entire country listened to them, secretly proud to now and then know a quiz answer themselves. Today’s gifted children owe their acceptance to these Kids. Learn about their later accomplishments.
Why Is Postcard History?
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.
Coronavirus impacts postcard shows
Our Show Calendar has the latest information on what shows in March and April have cancelled, been postponed, have not decided, or at this time are still planning to continue.
We’ll update this as things change. Check back regularly for the latest.
March 25, 2020
“In A Few Words,” our short-articles section, remembers Hamilton King, whose “Girls of . . .” could be found as tobacco cards, magazine covers, Coca-Cola and other advertising, and of course postcards. His work was everywhere from the early 1900s through at least the 1920s. One series 12 cards, “Bathing Beauty Girls,” located the pictures in places he’d lived.
Have you considered collecting really modern postcards? We’ve all probably recently received the postcard “President Trump’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America” in the mail. Leaving politics aside, this card has all the makings of an extensive category of cards, that is, advocacy postcards from official sources.
This is my letter to the World,” wrote Emily Dickinson in 1862, “That never wrote to me,– The simple news that Nature told, With tender majesty. Her message is committed To hands I cannot see; For love of her, sweet countrymen, Judge tenderly of me!” The Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, Massachusetts in 2019 rectified this situation with a campaign to have poetry lovers write a postcard to her. For some reason the guidelines asked writers to refrain from explicit language or images. Sigh.
We really admire people who get into collecting postcards of their home communities. Jason Combs found a $2 card at an estate sale in Funk, Nebraska that showed an ear of corn taller than the cows that surrounded it. He got his son involved and soon they had an extensive collection of Nebraska exaggeration postcards. This article from the Grand Island Independent is illustrated with several of their finds.
YouTube is a terrific source for showing groups of postcards without having to write any descriptive text. Here’s a video
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Lace and lace making are two very contested topics in the art world. Dozens of towns and villages in at least five countries claim to be the place where lace was made. No one knows the answer, but our guest contributor Kaya Fellcheck has her own idea. Enjoy.