Postcards

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The earliest known postcard is from 1840 England but the earliest known postcard in the United States is an 1848 advertising postcard. Postcards can be holiday greetings, advertising, family photos, views of landscapes ("See? I'm at the sea!") or photos of monuments. All these examples and more can be seen in the following pages.

wRPPC With all the old-time historic pomp and pageantry and amid the plaudits of their loyal peoples, Their Gracious Majesties King George VI and Queen Elizabeth were crowned within the Abby of Westminster this 12th day of May 1937, whereof this is a memento." Printed on the bottom front is "Queen Mary's Procession with the Princesses. C.C.A."
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Added Jun 23, 2013 by: Sharon Hillis
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AZO, Real Photo Postcard of former prisoner William Glyndon and his Attorney, F.A. Heald, taken on the Penitentiary grounds following his pardon by the Governor of Iowa in 1909. Convicted of murder in 1878, Glyndon served 31 years behind bars before his sentence was exonerated due to 'circumstantial evidence'. Prior to his conviction, Glyndon served as a sharpshooter for the Ohio infantry during the Civil War.
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A photo postcard of four women dressed as clowns or "pierrot".
Joseph & Isadore Schub circa 1912, Chicago, Illinois, in Goat Cart, Post Card: Not positive about the identification of the two boys, but it seems likely from the best recollections available. Isadore & Joseph were the two oldest sons of Morris & Lena Schub of Chicago, IL, USA. Isadore died in a fire in 1917, when he was about 10 years old.
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Feb 26, 1908 - Aug 6, 1988 1908 - 1988
Myrtie Adams Atha lived from 1899 to 1961. With friend, mailed card from Cincinnati, OH to an Aunt in Boone County, Kentucky. Postcard 1920s
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Added Sep 26, 2015 by: Peggy Hefner
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Preston, Iowa on the 4th of July circa 1900: This is a very old and worn postcard photo of the Main Street of Preston Iowa on the 4th of July.
This photo of Bud Smith came from a collection once owned by the Lichty family of Lancaster, PA. The photo is a post card taken at Euclid Beach at Lake Erie, northeast Cleveland, OH.
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Added Aug 16, 2009 by: Patricia Rock
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This is a postcard of an annual pow wow of Blackfoot Indians, taken at a Blackfoot Reservation in Montana. It was never mailed and there is no date on it, but probably in 1910's or 1920's.
A postcard from around 1900 featuring a costume from the Folies Bergere in Paris. I can't figure out what the box sticking out from her bust is? Part of her act? I'm sure that this was a scandalous costume at the time!
Names unknown. Postcard picture found in Orr family pictures.
Added Feb 26, 2002 by: Dorothy Allen
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I find this interesting as the card is drawn but real photo faces were used.
Added Dec 25, 2012 by: Arba Morrow
Arba Morrow
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A postcard of a woman wearing the traditional folk costume of Markgräflerland, Germany. The name "Kehl" is written lightly across the bottom in pencil, but that may only be the name of the postcard dealer.
Added Jan 4, 2020 by: Roxy Triebel
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This is a commercially published, mass produced postcard. The verse at the bottom reads: Le devoir a son temps, l'amour égalemant: Acceptez ce bouquet d'un parfait combattant. (Translation by Google) Duty has its time, love also: Accept this bouquet of a perfect fighter. A soldier evidently bought this as a souvenir and mailed it home. Handwritten on the back: "A good picture of a French soldier as they appear while on furlough."
Added Sep 28, 2019 by: Roxy Triebel
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This European Victorian era postcard represents the coming of Spring during Easter. I'm not sure whether the women inside the eggs are nurses?
Added Apr 6, 2012 by: Daniel Pinna
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NOT MY RELATIVES...photo found in antique shop. Back of postcard says "Mabel Totten and son Kenneth with daughter Oneida." Mabel was the cousin of Hazel Nupp.
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Added Feb 9, 2011 by: Pam Marks
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A Christmas Photo card in 1955? Yes, if your Dad was a commercial photographer! My Dad make several photo Christmas cards with his own photos of me. They may be all the rage now, but they were unique back then. Burbank Studios in Boston, Ken Burbank was my father. Well done, Dad!
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Jul 4, 1916 - Jun 9, 1986 1916 - 1986
A "real photo" postcard found in an antique store. Unfortunately there is no identifying information on it anywhere. The two girls have dolls and the boy has a toy gun.
Added Sep 1, 2019 by: Roxy Triebel
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This is a postcard of a meeting of friends along the Dixie Highway in Florida. It was never sent and there is no date, but you can tell by the look of the autos it was early 1910's or 1920's and the lack of any traffic on the road. The Dixie Highway looks much different now and no one stops to chat..
Added Nov 26, 2016 by: Marlene Christopher
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This is the image from a photo postcard with the message "January 1st 1906, Happy New Year from Lucille." This is one of a series of photographs and postcards in an album that I inherited from my great-aunt, Edna Lucille Fuller Johnson (1903 - 1988.) I believe the photos were taken by her father, Frederick L. Fuller (1871 – c.1915.) As Mr. Fuller died when she was still a child, I have very few clues to his life. Most of the photos are of rivers in New Jersey and other states. I think his interest in rivers related to hydro-electric plants that he may have helped to establish. There are also family photos that probably record the members of his grandfather's household prior to 1903. The Scheffler family lived on Jasper Street, Paterson, New Jersey. Unfortunately, unlike the river photos, there are no names recorded in the album for family members. Fred Fuller can only be found on two federal census reports. The first listing is on the 1880 census of Paterson, Passaic, New Jersey, where he is a nine year old living with his grandfather, Theodore Scheffler. The second listing is on the census of 1900 for Frederick and his wife Nana or Nannie Blackley (1879 - 1838.) In that year, he is listed as an electrician, living in Essex, East Orange, New Jersey. According to family lore, Fred met his future wife, Nana Blackley, when he went to Franklin, North Carolina to set up an electric plant.
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Jan 30, 1903 - Aug 9, 1988 1903 - 1988
Hand painted vintage Russian Easter postcard taken sometime before 1917.
This is the front side of a postcard sent to Pasqua De Santis Pagano, my grandmother. The postcard is dated Dec 12/34. Pasqua's brother Michele sent the card and it is insribed Saluti e ----- fest a tutti. I cannot make out work after e. Nothing else on back, this looks like a family potrait and Michele often sent postcard pictures of the family.
Added Feb 26, 2008 by: Catherine Kesseler
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This is my dad's only sister Margaret Adell Brintle she went by Adell, she was born and raised in Oklahoma but later lived in Denver for years and worked for channel 7 TV.This picture is the front of a postcard I don't know where or when. She never married or had children and was a Brintle when she died. Sherry
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Feb 25, 1924 - Feb 3, 2004 1924 - 2004
Added Aug 2, 2004 by: Sherry Brintle
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