Here, in a day and age when most people communicate via email, text, or Facebook message, a postcard is truly special. In the early s, postcards were a far more common way to communicate. Explore vintage postcards related to all of your favorite American cities, including but not limited to Baltimore, Alameda, Houston, and many more.
The early twentieth century was a vibrant era for the world of postcards. Here, in this stunning collection from the Westfield Athenaeum, the history of the town is told, using rare and antique postcards. The old trolleys and street scenes come to life in this volume, along with the parades and celebrations of early Westfield.
Deltiology Deltiology, the official name for postcard collecting, is thought to be one of the three largest collectable hobbies in the world along with coin and stamp collecting. Postcards are popular because of the wide range of subjects, with just about every subject imaginable being at some time, portrayed on a postcard. History itself can be tracked on postcards, from historical buildings, famous people, art, holidays and more.
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So what's the history of picture postcards? Here are a few timescales: - First postcards issued in the UK. These were plain cards, front and back with a pre-printed stamp and were published by the Post Office.
A postcard or post card is a rectangular piece of thick paper or thin cardboard intended for writing and mailing without an envelope. Shapes other than rectangular may also be used. There are novelty exceptions, such as wood postcardsmade of thin wood, and copper postcards sold in the Copper Country of the U.
The global postal system made a number of innovations during the s that helped create this new postal age. One such innovation was the introduction of uniform penny postage stamps in Great Britain in that made mail delivery easy and affordable. The postage stamp quickly gained popularity.
P ioneer is a general term applied to postcards manufactured in the United States before the appearance of Private Mail Cards. These cards were instrumental in creating and expanding the growth of the postcard industry. Governments first official postal in There was no system of national distribution during these years.
Publisher's numbering scheme Other clues. Pioneer Era Although the world's first picture postcards date from the s to the mids, most of the earliest American picture postcards extant today are those that were sold at the World Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois, starting on May 1, These were illustrations on government-printed postal cards and on privately printed souvenir cards.
With the advent of new, inexpensive photographic technology emerging in the United States during the midth century, communication by postcard became a very popular way to exchange travel stories, news, and gossip over the decades. Drawing on a private collection of vintage postcards, this new book features a history of Hollywood, spanning half a century. Exploring Hollywood before and after it became the entertainment capital of the world, these images offer readers a glimpse of some of the city's most interesting places during its Golden Years.