July 22, 2019

Author: Bill Burton

It’s Old Home Week!

Bill Burton

It’s Old Home Week!

The twin pulls of urban industrialization and westward migration that overtook America after the Civil War was devastating to many small towns in New England and the  Middle Atlantic States. In the four decades ending in 1900, despite massive European immigration, the population of

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Inside Sing Sing Prison and The Mutual Welfare League

Bill Burton

Inside Sing Sing Prison and
The Mutual Welfare League

Thirty miles north of New York City, on the east bank of the Hudson River, stands one of the most famous, or notorious, prisons in America, Sing Sing Prison.

Sing Sing at first consisted of a single cell block

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Shot Towers

Bill Burton

Shot Towers

The first time I saw this postcard, I figured that it must have been built ’way outside Baltimore. After all, why would anyone build a munition-testing facility in the city?

Bad analysis, didn’t make sense as I soon discovered. But it led to looking deeper into

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First article May 30, 2019!

Postcard History is about the stories that collectors find in the cards they collect. These stories are not always obvious  — we learn about them by sharing our finds with other collectors. Every Monday and Thursday you’ll find out about what your fellow collectors have discovered in their cards. Your

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